The Weekend Wrap-Up for April 5-7, 2019

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Beast of the East Select30 Super NIT
Robert C. Bradford Park, Huntersville, NC

Showcase Baseball Academy (SBA) Nationals – 7
Showcase Baseball Academy (SBA) Futures – 5

SBA Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held on to fend off a valiant rally by the SBA Futures squad, who cut the lead to one before ultimately falling just short of completing the comeback. The Nationals’ balanced offensive attack was paced by leadoff hitter Jaxon Haynes, who helped himself on the hill by getting on base three times, swiping one bag and scoring one run. Four others added RBIs, and Derek Vasquez tossed three solid innings in relief to keep the Futures at bay. Griffin McCain led the Futures on offense, getting on base twice and knocking in two runs.

SBA Futures – 4
Dirtbags Black – 2

A four-run fourth was all the SBA Futures squad needed to take home the 11u championship over the weekend. Landon Church tossed a gem, throwing five scoreless innings before the Dirtbags broke through with two in the sixth. From there, Logan d’Amico shut the door, recording the final two outs and securing the Futures’ victory. Tyler Cain’s two-run double in the fourth powered the Futures’ offensive effort. For the Dirtbags, Came Sharpe threw three strong innings, allowing just one hit but walking five before giving way to reliever Luke Strittmatter.

SBA Futures – 8
Dirtbags National Prospects – 0

Three championships games, three appearances for the SBA Futures club, which took home its second trophy of the day on Sunday by scoring early and often. In leading the Futures to the 13u title, Carter Blankinship had himself a day, going 2-3 with 3 RBIs and scattering three hits over four scoreless innings on the mound. Logan Davis added a solo homer, and Xavier McCoury notched two hits and scored two runs.

Canes Eastern – 8
Motor City Hit Dogs – 7

Both clubs deserve a tip of the cap for putting on a show during the thrilling #BOESuperNIT 13u finale. It was a back and forth affair that featured eight pitchers, four triples and three lead changes. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner, and just when it looked like the Hit Dogs had taken the lead for good, the Canes Eastern club wrested it back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth and blanking the Hit Dogs in the top of the seventh to secure the crown. Carver Pleasant went 3-4 for Canes Eastern, and Jimmyll Williams and Leland Barrow each notched two RBIs. Tait Picot (two RBIs) and Julian Harris (two hits, one RBI and one run scored) led the charge for Motor City.

Florida Hurricanes 13u Platinum – 8
Central Florida Select – 5

In a matchup of two Sunshine State powerhouses, the Florida Hurricanes 13u Platinum squad outlasted Central Florida Select by a score of 8-5. The contest featured four lead changes, including a final swap in the fifth that cemented the Hurricanes’ victory. Down 5-4, the Hurricanes hung a four-spot capped off by a Connor McShane two-run double that gave his team the lead for good. Zach Hopper led the Central Florida Select team with two RBIs. The contest did not have a championship on the line, and as Central Florida Select put it: “No trophy chasing, just two great teams competing and getting better, getting them ready for high school and beyond.” Central Florida Select captured the second game of a doubleheader.

Two of the top 13U teams in the country Central Florida Select and Florida Hurricanes 13u Platinum got together this…

Posted by Central Florida Select on Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019 PG Super25 Central Florida Super Qualifier
Sanford, FL

SGSA Sharks – 14
Ballers-Lakeland – 6

They say hitting is contagious, and if that’s the case, the Sharks came down with a fever en route to capturing the 12u PG Super25 Central Florida Super Qualifier title over the weekend. By the middle of the third inning, the Ballers had taken command by jumping out to a 6-1 lead. Over the next three innings, the Sharks erupted, scoring 13 runs, including seven in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away. The onslaught was led by CF Jacarre’ Fleming, whose home run was part of a three-RBI effort, and 2B Madox Land, who also knocked in three. Three other Sharks had two RBIs, while for the Ballers, Nicholas Partridge added a longball and three RBIs of his own.

5 Star National – 8
FTB Rockets – 0

Don’t be fooled by the score. For four innings, this was very much a contest in doubt; however, with a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, the 5 Star National team plated six to put the game away and secure the 14u crown. They were led on offense by Andrew Dunford, who went 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and Riley Jackson, who added a double and two RBIs. On the hill, Daniels Parris kept the Rockets in check, allowing just four hits and striking out eight over four scoreless frames. Six other 5 Star players notched RBIs.

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