Baseball Youth Hosts First 2015 Elite Series Event in Louisiana
By Casey Ryans
The Baseball Youth Elite Series kicked off its first event this past weekend March 7-8 at Cypress Mounds Sports Complex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as four teams earned bids to the National Youth Baseball Championships in New York.
The 9U division’s championship matchup was a nail-biter. The Oklahoma Mudcats were down by four before tying the game then going up by one run in the last inning. Smash Baseball answered with a one-out tying run. In extra innings, the Mudcats scored two runs to beat Smash, 11-9.
During a close semifinals game in the 10U division, Big Easy Black squeezed by the undefeated Team Mizuno by a score of 6-5. Big Easy Black met the North Shore Dirtbags in the final round, and it was Big Easy Black who was crowned champions with a 13-2 win.
Broncos Martinez led the 11U division from pool play to the championship game. The Broncos faced the Cenla Hurricanes after the Canes beat the San Antonio Bandits by one point in the semifinals game. The Broncos were not phased by their opponents and came out of the tournament with the championship title.
The 12U division featured two undefeated teams: the Broncos and the North Florida Gators. After LA Rivals knocked off the Gators, the Broncos was the only remaining undefeated team. The Broncos finished the weekend with a championship and a spot in this summer’s NYBC as a result of their 7-1 victory over the Rivals.
Each champion also received a bid to the Baseball Youth Majors tournament in Oxford, Mississippi.
“This was a great event for our first BY Elite Series,” Baseball Youth tournament director Ryan Sizemore said. “We saw teams from five different states trying to earn their bid to the NYBC. There was an outstanding, high level of competition for all age groups.”
Baseball Youth Elite Series – Louisiana
9U – Oklahoma Mudcats
10U – Big Easy Black (Louisiana)
11U – Broncos – Martinez (Texas)
12U – Broncos (Texas)