Akadema Yard Dogs Win AAU Grand Nationals & Earn NYBC Bid
The Akadema Yard Dogs from Hamden, CT captured the 12U AAU Grand Nationals title on June 28 with an 11-1 win over the Jax Rockets. With the win, the Yard Dogs claimed the fourth automatic bid into the National Youth Baseball Championships on Aug. 7-11 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY.
The Yard Dogs finished second in their first round pool with wins over the GPA Hooks and Miami Bulldogs. They dropped a 7-3 contest against Team Florida. They again went 2-1 in their Diamond Pool to finish 2nd, but they earned the No. 4 seed and a first round bye for the single-elimination round.
In the quarterfinals, the Yard Dogs got a bit of revenge on Team Florida knocking them out with a narrow 4-3 win. The Connecticut boys then tore through the Central Florida Pride in the semis, 11-0, and the Rockets in the title game.
The 11U champions CBC Riverhawks Black earned a paid berth into the Junior NYBC event on Aug. 7-11. They defeated Team Florida in the championship game, 8-0.