Baseball Youth National Championships Features 100 Teams from 20 States
The second annual Baseball Youth National Championships were held July 23-26 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana as 100 teams from 20 states competed in travel ball’s ultimate summer championship.
The event kicked off Thursday evening with a huge Opening Ceremonies on Grand Park’s Championship Field. A stage was built on home plate for the teams to walk up on, and a DJ was brought in to party the night in style. Players and families also got to enjoy the Baseball Youth Fanfest in the outfield before the ceremony got underway.
Once pool play started on Friday morning, the competition on the diamond was fierce. Teams from all over the Midwest, South and East Coast made the trip to Indiana with the hopes of claiming a Baseball Youth National Championship.
In 10U, the Sandcrabs from Texas dominated the competition on their way to the national title. The Sandcrabs came into the event as the No. 1 team in the nation, and they showed why. They didn’t allow a run until bracket play, and they won the championship game over 3D Gold from Iowa, 14-4. Sandcrabs Baseball also took home the 7U coach pitch title with a 13-3 win over Riley from Indiana.
Matching the Sandcrabs with two division titles of their own were the hometown Lids Indiana Bulls in the 8U coach pitch and 9U divisions. The 9U Bulls defended their Baseball Youth National Championships crown from 2014 with a 12-1 win over New York’s Brooklyn Blue Storm Thunder. Both Bulls teams didn’t drop a single game the entire tournament.
The Southern Indiana Legends and Alabama Elite played perhaps the most exciting championship game as the Legends toughed out a 7-6 win in extra innings. The Louisville Sting Yellow took down Evoshield Canes in the 12U division, and the Ohio Bombers Red and Kentucky Prospects earned championships in the 13U and 14U divisions, respectively.
Next year’s Baseball Youth National Championships is set for July 28-31 once again at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
Baseball Youth National Championships
CHAMPIONS & FINALISTS
7U (CP) Champion – Sandcrabs Baseball (TX)
7U (CP) Runner-Up – Riley (IN)
8U (CP) Champion – Lids Indiana Bulls (IN)
8U (CP) Runner-Up – Southern Madison Sluggers (KY)
9U Champion – Lids Indiana Bulls (IN)
9U Runner-Up – Brooklyn Blue Storm Thunder (NY)
10U Champion – Sandcrabs Baseball (TX)
10U Runner-Up – 3D Gold (IA)
11U Champion – Southern Indiana Legends (IN)
11U Runner-Up – Alabama Elite (AL)
12U Champion – Louisville Sting Yellow (KY)
12U Runner-Up – Evoshield Canes (NC)
13U Champion – Ohio Bombers Red (OH)
13U Runner-Up – Indiana Warriors (IN)
14U Champion – Kentucky Prospects (KY)
14U Runner-Up – At the Yard Baseball Club (KY)