Baseball Youth Elite Teams Compete at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports
By Casey Ryans
Over 70 individual players from across the nation came together at ESPN Wide World of Sports to represent Baseball Youth and end 2014 with a bang at the Disney New Year’s Baseball Classic. Players ages 8 to 14 formed the very first Baseball Youth Elite teams to compete against other participating teams in each respective age group. Pool play started on December 28th, and the tournament concluded with the championship games on December 31st.
After arriving in sunny Florida, players met with their new coaches and teammates for the first time at Premier Baseball and Softball Academy in Orlando. Players were able to get to know one another and practice together there before pool play started. Tournament play took place in the same location where the Atlanta Braves host Spring Training.
BY Elite 8U glided past the competition during pool play by scoring a total of 43 runs while only allowing 7. During the nail-biting championship game, BY Elite 8U fell short to the Celebration Lake Monsters (FL), 13-10, resulting in second place.
BY Elite 12U went 4-0 during pool play by scoring four times as many runs as they allowed (43-11). BY Elite 12U received second place after losing to the Sarasota Vipers (FL), 14-3, in a hard-fought championship game.
Along with representing Baseball Youth, players received a subscription to Baseball Youth magazine, extensive media coverage and giveaways from sponsors. Players also had the opportunity to purchase discount theme park tickets. BY Elite players played side-by-side with top athletes while ultimately creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Be on the lookout for your chance to represent Baseball Youth Elite at tournaments across the country during the 2015 season!