Banditos Black Claims Back-to-Back NYBC Titles
Banditos Black are back on top of the 12U travel baseball world once again. The Houston area based squad defeated Team Phenom 8-6 in the HotelPlanner.com National Youth Baseball Championships title game Monday night to claim back-to-back crowns.
The back-to-back championships are the first in National Youth Baseball Championships history.
Playing in front of a packed house at First Tennessee Fields in Memphis and live on CBS Sports Network, the Banditos jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the top half of the first inning. Shortstop Hunter Watson, the Super Series National Championship MVP, hit a two-run homer, and left fielder Brandon Porter smacked a three-run double.
Team Phenom, the USSSA representative, tried chipping away with single runs in the first four innings, but they gave up a Banditos run in the second inning and two in the fourth to find themselves down 8-4 going into the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Kevin Ledesma hit a solo home run for Team Phenom in the third to go along with a first inning RBI.
With just three outs left to give, Team Phenom did not go down without a fight in the bottom of the sixth. They scored twice and had runners on first and third with just one out, but Banditos pitcher Dakota More shut the door with a strike out and ground out to end the game.
Earlier in the day, Team Texas (AAU) defeated Hope Mills (Dixie) in the championship of the Memphis Cup, 6-4, on a walk-off grand slam. This was the first year for the Memphis Cup where the four 12U teams not making it out of pool play compete in a consolation bracket.
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