Baseball Youth and TBL Team Up For Spring Championships in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada wasn’t short on talent and fierce competition on April 3-5, as nearly 50 teams competed in the Baseball Youth Spring Championships with The Baseball Legends. Each division (7U-13U) was loaded with some of the best and nationally ranked travel ball teams out west.
Baseball Youth and The Baseball Legends joined forces for the Spring Championships in an effort to bring one of the most competitive National Youth Baseball Championships qualifiers to Las Vegas. All division champions received a bid to this summer’s NYBC, the ultimate travel ball championship, at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, New York.
“The three days of baseball we had here in Vegas at the Spring Championships proved once again just how high the talent level is out west,” Baseball Youth tournament director Ryan Sizemore said. “Each division was competitive, and many of the teams that did not win a championship would be solid representatives at the NYBC. We were excited to work with The Baseball Legends on this event and look forward to working with them on others in the future.”
After finishing fourth in 12U pool play, Team Citius Roland defeated No. 1 seed Cory Lidle Baseball in the semifinals before winning the championship and NYBC bid over the Southern Utah Wolfpack, 7-5. Team Citius Roland is the third Texas team to qualify for the 12U NYBC as they join the Banditos Elite and Broncos.
MVP Rodriguez dominated their way to the 11U title after they went undefeated in pool play and won three straight in bracket play, finishing up with a 12-4 win over Southern Nevada Baseball in the championship game. MVP’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as they scored 66 runs for the tournament, an average of 11 runs per game.
In 9U, the San Diego Stars also went undefeated with five victories to take home the crown and NYBC bid. They outscored their opponents 63-7 and won the title with a 9-1 victory over the Reggie Smith Rakers.
The hometown Las Vegas Rebels won the 8U division with a 21-2 win over the Nevada Road Dawgs. In the 7U division it was the North Valley Titans winning over MVP. Premier Baseball won the 10U division after finishing bracket play as the No. 5 seed out of six teams. The 13U championship was an offensive showcase as Total Baseball Vipers won 18-9 over LVR. The Vipers played in last year’s NYBC as 12U and have earned a return trip to New York.
The next NYBC qualifier is the TBL Best of the Best Central Championships presented by Baseball Youth in San Antonio, Texas. Seven more NYBC bids are up for grabs in 8U-14U.
Baseball Youth Spring Championships with The Baseball Legends
8U – Las Vegas Rebels (Nevada)
9U – San Diego Stars (California)
10U – Premier Baseball (California)
11U – MVP Rodriguez (California)
13U – Total Baseball Vipers (California)