Triple Crown Fall Nationals Promises Elite End of Year Action
LAS VEGAS, NV – Travel ball is in full swing this weekend as thousands of kids, parents, and coaches on the west coast gear up for some action out in Sin City at the Triple Crown Fall Nationals. The event is now entering it’s 10th year and will feature 120 teams across four age groups in undoubtedly one of the most competitive events of the fall season.
This year’s tournament will feature teams from nine different states, as well as a team from Mexico, all vying to be crowned kings of the desert in the 10U, 11U, 13U, and 14U age groups.
The 11U age group looks particularly exciting, with 45 teams participating and some of the country’s top talent scattered in the mix.
The front-runners are undoubtedly the Diamond Stingrays (formerly Oakley Stingrays), hailing from Santa Fe Springs, California. This new-look California squad is still managed by two of the best in the business, Larry Patino and Rudy Casillas, and you can bet they’re expecting nothing less than the best from their boys. These talented 11-year-olds are no strangers to success, coming off a season that saw them win three separate World Series Titles (Elite 32, Cecil Fielder WS, Xtreme Diamond WS) and rack up a ridiculous 79-17-2 record.
The Stingrays will not have an easy road though, and will have to get through the likes of other national contenders like BPA Rawlings Elite, the Lamorinda Spartans, and the Murietta Redhawks if they want that first place trophy. BPA Rawlings is a consensus Top 10 team in the country who won nearly 60 games in their 2012 campaign. The Spartans have already met the Stingrays twice this year, splitting the two games with them, and the Murietta Redhawks will be looking to prove themselves as a Top 25 talent.
It’s certainly going to be a long and challenging road for all teams participating and at this time of year the action is unmatched!