Baseball Youth Majors Invades Indianapolis
Baseball Youth hosted its second MAJORS weeklong event of the summer on June 28-July 3 in Westfield, Indiana, a suburb just 30 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. Grand Park, a 26-field mega complex that opened in 2014, was the site of the tournament as teams from all over the Midwest and as far away as Texas and Canada participated in the MAJORS.
The week got started on Sunday, June 28 with an exciting Opening Ceremonies under perfect weather conditions. Teams got to enjoy the Baseball Youth FanFest before taking part in the Parade of Teams. A DJ pumped music through the stadium, and players, teams, coaches and parents showed off their dance moves. The evening concluded with everyone singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Pool play started on Monday and ran through Wednesday with bracket play on Thursday and Friday. Louisville Sting – Black won the 12U championship over Hurricanes Green, 6-4, and went undefeated on the week. They were one of the most impressive teams in Indianapolis along with the LIDS Indiana Bulls in the 9U division. The Bulls also went undefeated and won every game by 10 runs or more. The Mansfield Mets from Texas played up in the 9U division and competed in kid pitch for the first time. They improved with every game and played a tight game in the 9U semifinals.
The 14U division was incredibly competitive through pool play and bracket play. The Louisville Warriors (KY) claimed the No. 1 seed out of pool play with a perfect 5-0 record. The Oswego Panthers Blue (IL) and St. Louis Phillies (MO) were No. 2 and 3, respectively. Those three teams made the semifinals along with Elite Hitmen. The St. Louis Phillies scored an 8-5 win over the Panthers setting up a title showdown with the Louisville Warriors. In a well-played title game, the Phillies took a 4-1 lead and never looked back. The Warriors tacked on a run in the late innings but couldn’t mount a big enough comeback as the Phillies won the 14U crown, 4-2.
In 11U, the Louisville Phenom and the Cincinnati Reds RBI proved to be the top two teams in the division, and fittingly, they squared off in the championship game. In a pitchers’ duel, the Reds earned a 2-0 win and the 11U title. The Indy Vipers Blue won the 13U division with an 8-1 win over the Ohio Orioles. The Vipers were impressive all week long going undefeated during their championship run.
The next and final Baseball Youth MAJORS of the summer is July 12-17 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL. Go to BaseballYouthMajors.com to learn more about the nation’s ultimate week-long event.
Baseball Youth MAJORS – Indianapolis
9U – LIDS Indiana Bulls (IN)
11U – Cincinnati Reds RBI (OH)
12U – Louisville Sting – Black (KY)
13U – Indy Vipers Blue (IN)
14U – St. Louis Phillies (MO)