BYNC Spotlight: Midwest Select 10U
It took extra innings to solve the 10U Baseball Youth National Championship at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Midwest Select out of Iowa and the Midland Seminoles from Ohio were in a heated battle the whole way. A little luck though did strike though for Midwest when Blake Larson launched a double to seal the deal for his squad.
This past year has been quite a ride for the young men from Iowa going a perfect 16-0 this past summer. This particular team that competed in the Baseball Youth National Championships consisted of players from multiple club teams around the Iowa/Illinois region. Shane Schellsmidt is the program director at Midwest Select and tries to keep an area of focus for all of the teams within the program. “Our Midwest Select Program has the long term goal of providing an opportunity for players to compete at a high level. Which was demonstrated in the Baseball Youth National Championships.” Some other recent wins for Midwest include the Junior All American Games in 2015 and 2016. As well as, taking the USSSA Iowa State Title.
Leading the way on the field Select had a few guys that played a large part in putting together their perfect record this summer. On the mound Mateo Rascon has been nothing but stellar tossing 15.2 innings and has yet to give up a run. At the Baseball Youth National Championships Trever Baumler hit over .600. While Cooper Nicholson came up with timely plays offensively and defensively when the team needed him the most. Also, as was brought up earlier we cannot forget about the game winning hit by Blake Larson to seal the BYNC at Grand Park.
Shawn Allen was the guy in charge of these young men on the field. He noted that these kids really play at a high level. “This team is comprised of extremely talented boys that play the game the right way with a focus on the team and not themselves. For their age they play at a level well beyond their years.”
Next season Midwest Select has even bigger expectations on their minds. They plan on making a trip out west to Arizona. As well as, playing regional tournaments around Ohio and Indiana.