Players from Nearly 30 States Attend First Baseball Youth Future Games
Baseball Youth hosted its first Future Games showcase event on March 27-29 at Champions Park in Newberry, Florida as over 250 elite players from around the country were chosen to participate. The players, coaches and families enjoyed a perfect weekend of competitive baseball, making new friends, sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.
Players are selected for the Baseball Youth Future Games by going through a Baseball Youth National Tryout or submitting a video nomination online. Nearly 30 states were represented in Florida as kids came from all over the U.S. – north, south, east and west. The Future Games also welcomed the first player from Nicaragua, Jose Marquez.
In the 12U division, Team Camo and Team Silver squared off in an epic battle for the championship. Emerging as the top two teams in the division, Team Silver earned a 3-1 win against Camo in pool play and won their semifinal game handily. Camo came from behind to win their semifinal in the bottom of the sixth, and then earned a bit of revenge against Silver in the title game with an 11-9 win.
Team Black 11U was one of the most dominating teams in the entire competition, outscoring their opponents 46-4. They won in the semifinals against Team Silver, 16-0, and then took care of Team Camo in the championship game, 11-1.
The 13U division enjoyed a weekend of home runs and plenty of run scoring at Champions Park. Each team finished 1-1 in pool play, but in bracket play it was Team White getting the job done with a 15-9 semifinal win and a 20-7 championship game win over Team Black.
Team Camo won the 8U/9U division by one run over Team Black, 13-12. Team Silver won the 10U division, and Team Camo won 8-6 over Team Silver in the 14U championship game played at Newberry High School.
Registered players took part in a Baseball Youth National Tryout on Friday night, and all players and families enjoyed an Opening Ceremonies on Saturday evening following pool play. The Skills Competition on Saturday featured a Home Run Derby presented by Dirty South Bats. Players in the 8U-11U divisions used Dirty South Bats in the derby, and Zachary Staples from the 10U division won a brand new War bat from Dirty South Bats for hitting five home runs and finishing with 31 points. The player with the most points in the three divisions won the new bat.
The next individual showcase event is the Baseball Youth All-American Games on July 20-22 in Westfield, IN. Players can still earn invites for this event through any one of numerous Baseball Youth National Tryouts held around the country.
Baseball Youth Future Games
8U/9U – Team Camo
10U – Team Silver
11U – Team Black
12U – Team Camo
13U – Team White
14U – Team Camo