What a first few weeks of baseball. I think we are in for a great season! Remember it is not where you start it is where you finish. One thing is for sure, the California teams are back to traveling again and they are making a lot of noise. The amount of talent in California certainly is mind blowing. Also, a few Midwest, Florida, Nevada, and Texas teams excelled this weekend. Stay tuned throughout the year for more rankings updates as other areas of the country are starting outdoor baseball.
ZT Elite Prospects National won a big one in Houston this weekend propelling them to the number #1 spot in the country. ZT Canes Lale(TX) also had a good showing, cementing their spot as the number #1 team in Texas. A couple Midwest teams proved to be formidable opponents and up to the task against top level competition. In Houston, Top Tier Biondich(IL) went 4-0 in pool play and made the final 8. The Hit Dogs National went 3-1 in pool and lost to the champs ZT Elite Prospects 1-0 in bracket play, which was one of the best games of the weekend
Again in Houston 3 of the 4 semifinalists were from California (ZT Elite, BPA, MVP Hustle Prieto). The championship game was BP(CA) vs ZT Elite Prospects(CA). The Kangaroo Court Roos(FL) made a jump to #1 in Florida and in the National Rankings after a great showing. They lost to the eventual champions 5-4 in the semis. LBC National also had an excellent showing. They moved up to #2 in Texas and several spots in the national rankings, after losing a close 5-4 ball game to the Kangaroo Court Roos(FL).
There was a lot of parity and real close high-level games at 12u this week. The Tennessee Canes and SBA Marucci National both have a solid argument for the #1 spot in the Country. After a grueling tournament championship in Houston, SBA National gets the nod for the #1 spot. The Tennessee Canes have a real compelling argument, though. SBA Marucci beat a quality WOW team 4-0, Tennessee Canes beat them 10-0. We have a feeling this will be settled on the field as the year progresses. Other big movers in 12u were Reed Johnson Baseball Academy(CA), Stars Baseball Arnold(VA), LVR(NV), and Cal Elite National(CA).
In the most dominating performance of the weekend in Houston, Prime Baseball Lujan mercied all 4 teams in bracket play to take over the #1 spot in the Country. This is going to be a tough team to beat this year. The biggest movers were Southern Nevada Navy(NV), Line Drive Elite(FL), and Alamo Drillers(TX). A Midwest team on the rise is the D Las Vegas Warriors(MI) who beat the #3 Texas Team and jumped drastically in the national rankings.
Line Drive Elite(FL) made an excellent run and won the championship in Houston this weekend. The Citi Pirates(CA), Knight Elite Black(AZ), So Cal Aces(CA) also made big leaps in the State and National rankings after a great weekend. They are the epitome of teams that may have been overlooked and then make a big jump in the rankings. We love it when teams prove us wrong and EARN their recognition!
The ZT National Prospects(CA) and MVP Hustle Casillas(CA) met in the championship game in Houston. ZT National Prospects took home the championship. Line Drive Elite(FL), Sticks Kremers(AR), and San Diego Stars Pyror(CA) had an excellent weekend. The unranked South Texas Sox(TX) catapulted themselves into the top 10 of the National Rankings and will also be force this year.
Great job to all the teams this week. These rankings are fluid and are changed twice a month through Championship July. The TBR Elite World Series at Action Sports in Dayton, OH will be a huge part of Championship July again this year! It currently boasts the top teams from 14 states. We expect the rankings to change quite a bit between now and then as teams continue to develop players and figure out who they are. Several teams were unranked to start the year and climbed into the top 25 with their performances. This is what makes the website so engaging and fun for players, coaches, and parents.