SGV Hustle, BPA DeMarini Elite Claim First 2 NYBC Bids
California powerhouses SGV Hustle and BPA DeMarini Elite claimed the first two automatic bids for the National Youth Baseball Championships at Got ‘Em Baseball’s Race for the NYBC Crown on May 17-18. The two teams are ranked No. 1 and 2 in Baseball Youth’s latest 12U Elite 25 rankings.
The third and final week of the Race for the NYBC Crown event was a double elimination tournament with eight teams fighting for the two berths. SGV Hustle won the first two weeks in February and April and looked just as dominant in the third. They won back-to-back shutouts of Sandlot Baseball and San Diego Show to make it to the semifinals where they defeated BPA DeMarini, 5-3, to claim the first bid and a spot in the championship.
Even with the loss, BPA DeMarini still had another shot at a NYBC bid, this time against San Diego Show. It was another 5-3 score, but this time BPA DeMarini came out on the winning end. The win over the Show sealed the NYBC bid for BPA and sent them to the championship against the Hustle.
BPA shot out to a 3-0 lead after the first and 6-1 in the fourth, but SGV roared back to score five runs in their half of the fourth to tie the game. The Hustle put another five runs on the board the next inning and finished the game off in the sixth for an 11-6 win.
Both teams will be in New York on Aug. 7-11 for the National Youth Baseball Championships at Baseball Heaven. For detailed game recaps throughout the Race for the NYBC Crown events, go to GotEmBaseball.com.