2013 National Youth Baseball Championships Preview
The best 12U travel ball teams in the country have arrived in Memphis ready to compete against each other in the National Youth Baseball Championships. This year’s field, on paper, looks like the best assembled in the tournament’s six-year history.
The top six teams in Baseball Youth’s Elite 25 12U rankings made it to Memphis: No. 1 Banditos Black (Texas), No. 2 Team MVP (Florida), No. 3 EM Majors, No. 4 LIDS Indiana Bulls Black (Indiana), No. 5 Lamorinda Spartans (Calfornia) and No. 6 SY Titans (California). All six of these teams have elite talent and could leave Memphis with the NYBC crown.
Perhaps the favorite has to be the Banditos Black from Houston, Texas since they are the reigning back-to-back champions. Of course, it’s a completely different team on the field, but the Banditos come in with a No. 1 ranking in Baseball Youth’s Elite 25. There’s no doubt the other teams in Memphis will want to be the ones to knock the Banditos out.
To check out the entire National Youth Baseball Championships pool play schedule, click HERE. The top two teams in the four pools will move on to the quarterfinal round on Saturday, August 24. Six games, including the championship on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET, will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
With pool play starting Friday, we give you three games to keep your eye on as 12 teams compete to get to the final eight.
Three Pool Play Games to Watch
All games on Friday, August 23
Follow these games LIVE on YouthMajors.com
LIDS Indiana Bulls Black vs. Team MVP – 11:30 a.m. ET
Pool D is absolutely loaded with the Bulls, Team MVP and Lamorinda Spartans. All three teams are ranked top 5. Throw out the rankings in all six of the Pool D matchups as any two of these teams could move through to the quarterfinals. Team MVP could start stud pitcher Eric Volpi right off the bat. The Bulls feature a talented roster led by Lucas McNew. This game is a must-watch.
EM Majors vs. SY Titans – 2 p.m. ET
EM Majors out of Bentonville, Arkansas are sort of the hometown favorites in Memphis being just 300 miles away. They should have a big following at First Tennessee Fields. The Majors picked up steam as the summer went along, and they qualified for the NYBC by winning the USSSA Elite World Series, perhaps the toughest organization championship. The SY Titans are one of California’s top teams, and this will be a great early test for both teams.
Banditos Black vs. Ohio Prospects – 7 p.m. ET
Everyone knows the Banditos Black. Back-to-back NYBC champions. Elite travel organization. They are one of the favorites to win it all in Memphis. On the other hand, the Ohio Prospects are the dark horse in this year’s NYBC. They come in under the radar, but the Prospects are not a team to be taken lightly. To get to Memphis, the Ohio boys beat the No. 6 SY Titans in the Baseball Youth Elite Championships title game. In the semis, they took down the South Florida Stealth. The Prospects may have to put it all on the line against the Banditos to get to the quarterfinals, and that makes this game an interesting matchup.