Grant Baseball Academy 12U Season For the Ages
OAKLAND, CA – For the boys of the Grant Baseball Academy 12U, the journey to travel ball supremacy began in late 2011, when they competed in the Arizona Super NIT. At the time they looked like a team who just happened to get hot at the right moment, but such was not the case. After finishing the tournament with an average of almost 11 runs per game and beating three top teams in the process, it was evident that Grant was here to stay.
Throughout the season the boys adopted a never-say-die attitude and winning determination that helped propel them to be one of the best teams northern California has seen in years.
“The reason we win is because we execute when the time calls for it. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and if you want to be successful you have to work hard, respect your competition, and respect the game,” said Head Coach Eddie Abram. Abram is no stranger to success, and was Head Coach of what was considered by most the first youth baseball team to play in Cuba, over a decade ago.
Finishing with an astounding record of 66-4, Grant was crowned champions of ten different tournaments, three of those against 13U competition. Their USSSA stats alone are enough for them to make a case as a top team; an average of 10 in-class-runs per game, less than two allowed, and only two losses, both against 13U teams, by a combined four runs.
Along the way, Grant compiled wins against some very high-profile teams, including the Central Florida Gators, Team Phenom, Stetson Hills Stealth, Banditos Black, Cincy Flames, GA Stealth, RBA Titans, and Scottsdale Dirtbags, all of whom are considered national contenders. But perhaps the most impressive part about Grant’s storied run is the fact that all of the boys are from the Bay Area, and they played with virtually the same roster all season long.
Their season ended on a high note in early July at the 2012 TBS National Championship, where they beat the Central Florida Gators 3-2 in the championship and averaged nearly 15 runs per game throughout the tournament.