Oct. 14-15, Tournament Recaps

NET Elite Baseball took over the eastern half of the state of Tennessee, holding events in Nashville, Sevierville and the Tri-Cities during the second weekend of October.

Here are all the results.

Belmont Rose Park

Seven teams in the 14U division converged on the Music City to combat the elements and one another. High winds and cold temperatures added to the challenges for the participating teams but by the time the dust settled, Cross Hit Black emerged as the only undefeated team, with a 2-0 record in pool play.

Cross Hit Black kept right on rolling through bracket play as the No. 1 seed, beating Boys of Summer 2-1 in a championship game that was called early due to rain. Showtime-Copely also played well, but was bested by a 5-3 margin by Boys of Summer in the semifinals.

ETSU Fall Classic

History was made in this event as RBI Prime recorded just the second perfect game in NET Elite history.  RBI Prime also made NET Elite history themselves with not only throwing a perfect game they also in the same day threw a no hitter! The three hurlers—John Beam, Alex Dunlap and Jake Wilhoit—combined for the no hitter and the three hurlers responsible for the perfecto - Matt Eubanks, Jared Coffey, and Caylan Scholem.  What an accomplishment in an event in NET Elite history or any program!  Congrats!

RBI Prime and TN Stix emerged as the teams to beat. Both squads posted unblemished 4-0 records in pool play to split tournament honors. RBI Prime also was part of the best game of the weekend, rallying with three runs in their final time at the plate to defeat the TN 2 Seamerz by a 5-4 margin in their opening game of the tournament.

The Falcons and Easley also played well over the weekend, posting identical 3-1 records.

Standouts during the tournament included Beam, Wilhoit and Matthew Levi for RBI Prime; Tanner Goins, Mason Bell and Braden Taylor for the Stix; Easley's Kasten Harvey, Chip Jenkins and Zack McAllister; Tyler Bailey for the Greeneville Marlins; Jonas Lane and Grayson Waddle of the Falcons; Showtime's Abbott Lawrence and Alex Qualls; Nick Waldrop and Jake Greenlee from Pro Prodigy; and Landon Shaver, Bryce Long and Tyler VandeVorde of the NRBI Thunder.

Smokies Fall Classic

Scouts from multiple college programs were in attendance for this 17/18U event, which drew 16 teams.

The JC Braves were the cream of the crop in this one. Led by top hitter Ben Grable, the Braves held the opposition to less than three runs per game while going 4-0 in pool play to top the final standings. Garrett Wilkins was another standout for the Braves. In their final game of the weekend, the JC Braves battled the TN Mavericks in a matchup between two 3-0 teams, but the Braves prevailed in a 9-4 contest.

Five teams posted 3-1 records: the Mavericks, East TN Crusaders, the Old Hickory Generals, Fury Baseball and PSA Rawlings Prospects. Zack Joyce was a standout for the Mavericks, with his fastball topping out at 88 mph for the second consecutive weekend.

The Crusaders brought their heavy lumber, scoring 22 total runs in their two Sunday games. PSA Rawlings was led by some fine pitching backed by great defense.

Other standout performers during this event included Nick Collins and Jacob Jenniner from eXposure; Iam Campbell, Spencer Glover and Joseph Allen of the TN Mavericks; Billy Flohr and Malik Abdul for the Patriots; Chase Kirby, Ammon Murphy and Brett Potts for PSA Rawlings; MJ Sting's Matthew Harrell and Chance Merithew; the Crusaders' Banks Presson, Noah Webb and David Bryant; the Longhorns' DJ Power and Wyatt Grisskey; Josiah Carrier of Diamond Elite; Old Hickory's Walker Palmerton and Demarco Miller; the Bobcats' Jacob Goble and Garret Hamilton; Cole Harness and Noah Rasnick of Hammond Post; and Chris Caldwell and Blake Hubble of Pro Concepts.

NET Elite is taking this weekend off but returns Oct. 29 for our Fall Individual Player Showcase, held on the campus of Walters State in Morristown, TN. College coaches and scouts have organized the showcase and will provide all the instruction. This event will include both an instructional period and an evaluation of skills. Representatives from at least 10 colleges are confirmed to attend. The showcase costs $75 for pitchers and $100 for position players.

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!

 

 

 

Marucci Will Power NET Elite 2018 Wood Bat Classic

NET Elite Baseball is proud to announce that our signature event, the Wood Bat Classic, will be powered by Marucci in 2018.

The 2018 Wood Bat Classic, powered by Marucci, will take place June 28 through July 1 in Kingsport, TN. This tournament is eligible for teams of all classifications, from 8-Under through 18-Under.

This is always the most anticipated tournament NET Elite holds, and the 2018 version should be no different.

Features of the Wood Bat Classic include:

  • A special catered dinner for coaches the night before games begin, featuring a guest speaker from the world of collegiate or professional baseball

  • Each team that registers will receive an authentic game bat, compliments of Marucci.

We want every team in our region to take advantage of this fantastic event. As an additional incentive, for all teams who register by January 1, 2018, for the 2018 Wood Bat Classic powered by Marucci, they will receive an automatic registration into our Mother's Day tournament absolutely free! The Mother's Day tournament is set for May 12-13, and also will be played in Kingsport.

Registration for the 2018 Wood Bat Classic powered by Marucci is open now. Cost is $725 for 14-18u, $450 for 13u, and $375 for 9-12u. Reserve your spot today, and with it, a guaranteed spot in another of our fabulous events.

 

Visit www.netelitebaseball.com for complete information on our upcoming events. You also can learn about our cutting-edge PointsDriven player evaluation system, browse our apparel and equipment for sale, and much more.

 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Tournament Recaps

NET Elite Baseball rang in the month of October by taking over East Tennessee! Nearly 30 total teams converged on our two events.

Here's a full recap of the weekend action.

ETSU Fall Classic

It was a good weekend for the KBC Prime 17s and the TN Mavericks, both of whom went 4-0 through pool play in the upperclassman division.

The Mavericks showed a flair for the dramatic. Three of their four games were decided by four total runs. Ian Campbell, Ben Joyce, Mike Corn and Joseph Denton were among their top individual standouts. Joyce shined on the mound in a Sunday game, running up his fastball to 87 mph.

The KBC Prime 17s held opposing offenses in check all weekend; in their four wins, the opposition never scored more than four runs. Top players for the KBC squad included Jared Gadd, Jaxson Davis, Charlie Corum, Noah Blythe and Blayne Denton.

One of the best games of the upperclass division was the very first contest to be played. The JC Braves topped Knox Elite by a 4-2 margin, with Kolten Keller setting the pace on the mound while Ben Grable also had a big day. Knox Elite featured a top prospect, in shortstop Austen Jaslove.

Couple other note worthy games were Crusaders' Braden Jones' pitching performance over Pro Concepts as he hit 87 mph with movement and carved up hitters.  Also KBC and Crusaders game where KBC won 5-2 but the game feature some top notch talent.

Click here to see some video from one of the games as part of this fantastic event.

Many potential tantalizing college prospects were part of this tournament and the attendance reflected that. Coaches from a host of different college came out to watch these players in person. Schools represented included ETSU, Tusculum, Milligan, Emory & Henry, Radford, South Carolina, VCU and Alice Lloyd.

Other individuals who impressed in the upperclass division included the following:

Jordan Dixson, Eli Milhorn (Hammond Post)

Chance Merithew, Spence Patrick (MJ Sting)

Brady Kirtner, Kevan Lambert, Will Stout, Colin Collver (Ole VA)

Garrett Wilkins (JC Braves)

Bryce Bowmen (Knox Elite)

Tate Holdren (Real Deal)

Scott Simmons, Bryce Travis, Logan Thompson (Central Express)

Tyler Lewis, Chris Caldwell, Carson Wells, Kaleb Orr, Joe Ridenour (Pro Concepts)

Garrett Stiltner, Caleb Monfield (KY Dirtbags)

Matt Wright, Zion Honaker (Team SWAT)

Will Westbrock, Joey Davis (Diamond Mine)

Eric Rigbsy, David Bryant, Noah Webb, Troy Podvin, Kevin Christie, Cade McCoy, Braden Jones (Crusaders)

The 14U Division was small but mighty, with five participating teams, but some solid talent was on hand. The game of the tournament was Diamond Elite Blue beating Crusaders 3-2 in the semi finals.  The Crusaders 13u played up this weekend and did not disappoint as they showed they can play.  The championship went to the TN Bash, who fought through bracket play and defeated Diamond Elite Blue by a 6-2 margin in the title game. As the Bash scored 4 runs in the first and was too much to overcome for the Diamond Elite Blue. The Bash lived up to their name, scoring 13 runs in two separate games.

 

Smokies Fall Showcase

Teams in the 15/16U division converged on Smokies Park, the home field of the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the finest baseball facility in all of East Tennessee, for an exciting event.

RBI Prime and Knox New Balance ruled the roost, each compiling a 4-0 record during pool play to split tourney title honors.

RBI Prime was swinging the heavy lumber all weekend, scoring at least six runs in all four of its games and topping double digits in three of four contests. Top talent for the RBI squad included Brandon Lejuene, Matt Levi, John Beam, Jake Wilhoit and Eligah Patterson.

Aside from a tight 4-2 decision over Falcon Baseball, Knox New Balance clobbered its other three foes by a combined margin of 29-2. New Balance's individual standouts were Braden Hickey, Devin Colligon, Nathan Blackburn and Aarion Johnson.

Other prospects who showcased their skills at Smokies Park included the following:

Justin Whitehead, Dylan Hawley (Rawlings Warriors)

Tucker Owen, Eli Arnold (TN 2 Seamerz)

Frankie Zahrobsky, Chase McBryar (Fury)

Will Nelms, Wyatt Collins (BC Athletics)

Tyler Harrold, Luke Grant, Coby Pinder (TN Speed)

Chase Hungate, Luke Francisco (Falcons)

Tyler Hall, Mason Bell (TN Stix)

Andrew Kribbs, Archer Wong, Emery Wright, Joey Leo (RBI Prospects)

The NET Elite fall schedule continues this coming weekend, October 7-8, with the Hickory Crawdads 15/16U Perfect Game 25 qualifier being played in Hickory, NC. The winning team will earn a berth in the 2018 PG25 national championship tourney, to be played next year in Fort Myers, FL.

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!

 

 

Middle Tennessee Fall Classic Recap

Eighteen teams converged on the Nashville area for the Middle Tennessee Fall Classic as the NET Elite fall schedule continued.

In the 15-16U division, Samurai Baseball and Diamond Louisville Slugger split the top honors, as both teams completed their pool play with identical 4-0 records. One of the standouts for Diamond was shortstop Lucas Cook, who already has made a verbal commitment to Mississippi State. Cook impressed for his team both with his glove and bat. Pitching and defense dictated success for Diamond, which shut out all four of its opponents. Samurai Baseball, meanwhile, won a handful of close games. Offense was in short supply in many of the games in this division, but this allowed the pitching and defense to shine. Other teams that looked strong in this division included Angels Baseball, Cross Hit Grey and RBI Prime.

In the 17-18U ranks, Pro Concepts was the team to beat for a second straight week. After going undefeated in Chattanooga last week in NET Elite's fall opener, Pro Concepts went 4-0 once more, winning all four of its games by at least a five-run margin. The Indian Springs Stingers and Knox Stars Blue also played well, each posting a 3-1 record. Each team in this division had at least one standout individual performer.

All in all, it was another successful NET Elite event, as several players were able to show their skills and get some publicity for their talents.

We have three big events on tap this weekend:

For 14U teams, the Fall Appy Classic at Devault Memorial Stadium, home field of the Bristol Pirates

For 15-16U teams, the Smokies Fall Classic from Smokies Park in Sevierville, Tenn., the home field of the Double-A Tennessee Smokies

For 17U-18U teams, the ETSU Fall Classic in Johnson City, Tenn. Host venues include ETSU's home field, Thomas Stadium; and Cardinal Park, which plays host to the Appalachian League's Johnson City Cardinals

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!

 

 

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Sept. 16-17, Tournament Recaps

NET Elite kicked off its fall tournament season with another big week in what already has been a banner year for the organization. In the first weekend of fall ball, NET Elite held two events: the Chattanooga Fall Classic, and the EKU Classic in Richmond, Ky.

Chattanooga Fall Classic

Eighteen teams converged on “Nooga” and the surrounding area for this event.

Angels Baseball stood out head and shoulders over the rest in the 15/16U division, winning all four of its pool play games. The Angels dominated their competition, scoring at least nine runs in each contest and winning the four games by a combined score of 47-7

In the 17/18U division, Big League Wildcats Red and Pro Concepts emerged superior, with both posting 4-0 marks in pool play.

One of the top individual standouts also was in the older division. Nolan Letzgus impressed for Fury Baseball's 17U team, showcasing high-potential athleticism and a strong arm on the mound, hitting 85 mph with his fastball just a few months removed from a surgery.

Carson Wells, a pitcher for Pro Concepts, also looked sharp. In his team'a first game of the tournament, he topped out at 83 mph—especially impressive for a player who only recently made his debut on the mound. Wells' teammate, Caleb Orr, was one of the top hitters of the tournament. Other standouts for Pro Concepts included Isaac Norman and Joseph Ridenour.

Big League Red was highlighted by a pair of strong left-handed pitching performances from Conner Hobbs and Dalton Fowler. In the lineup, Reese Wagner impressed with his ability to get on base and his speed. Langdon Garden also had a strong showing at an event with several collegiate coaches in attendance.

The Knox Stars fielded two teams in the event and also produced a slew of individual standouts. Rece Harpst unleashed the most blistering fastball of the tournament, at 88 mph. Other noteworthy individuals for the Stars included Will Shelton, Brogan Beckner, Denver Hubbard and Will Long.

Other individuals who impressed were Mason Everett, Andrew Kribbs, Aaron Tye, Aaron Colquitt, Tracy McBryar, Chase Cardwell, Isaac Whitehead, Garrett Liles, Emery Wright and Francisco Labiata.

EKU Classic

Consistency was the name of the day for Central Express, which swept through its four pool games with an undefeated record to claim the tournament title in an eight-team field. Defense and pitching were the order of the day for the Express, who held the opposition to two or fewer runs in three of the four ballgames it won.

Knox New Balance, which went 3-1 on the weekend, featured two tremendous pitchers, while Patriots Elite from Michigan had multiple athletes who showcased their speed running the bases. The Ironmen called up a few younger players to their roster, and they performed well.

The NET Elite fall schedule continues this coming week with our first-ever event in St. Louis, the River City Rascals Classic. We also return to Middle Tennessee for the Fall Classic, taking place in Lebanon and Nashville.

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!

NE Fall Update

Our summer season is in the books. This summer, NET Elite tackled its biggest and most ambitious schedule ever, and we could not have done it without the coaches, parents and everyone else involved with the many fine teams and organizations that frequented our events.

We averaged 75 teams per weekend this summer—our highest average ever. Mother Nature provided a few challenges... Tennessee saw record rain during the months of May and June, but our teams and staff weathered the storm—no pun intended—to provide as much competition as possible. Even with the deluges of rain, we only had to cancel fewer than 10 games this summer out of more than 1,400 total contests that were scheduled. Our summer schedule featured seven Perfect Game Regional tournaments, something that will continue next summer. Our 2018 schedule will be even bigger, along with a few new locations to hold events.

The summer schedule culminated with the Smokies Showcase, which featured a host of players who had two goals—seeking to improve and aspiring for a college scholarship. Fifteen different colleges and universities sent represenatives to our scouting showcase, and two professional scouts also came to the workout. Player results from the Showcase have been emailed out, and also uploaded to our PointsDriven scouting system.

What is PointsDriven? Designed as a comparative tool for evaluating the skills and abilities of baseball players against their colleagues, this system evaluates players in a wide variety of areas, including hitting, running, intangibles, defense, and arm. We constantly are seeking the opinion of scouts, many of whom are in attendance at each tournament and showcase performing on-site evaluations. Our system operates in a scale where 2.0 is considered the average varsity high-school player, with 3.0 representing a college-level talent, 4.0 a professional-level player, and 5.0 a Major League Baseball competitor.

We're not done yet in 2017, however, as we have a full docket of tournaments and showcases set for the fall. Remember, any team that signs up at least a month prior to one of our tournaments receives a dozen free baseballs. This is just one of the many reasons your youth team should take part in NET Elite events. We offer competition on the finest professional, collegiate and high school fields in the region, while also offering our PointsDriven scouting system.

Our fall schedule also includes the inaugural season of the Knoxville Fall Baseball League for high school players. Each team will consist of players of all four grade levels, and abide by TSSAA guidelines. The league opens Sept. 19, with regsitration open Aug. 7. Registration to compete in the team is $225. All registered players will be assigned to teams, and parents will receive the league schedules on Sept. 11. The schedule will be eight games, weather permitting, played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We anticipate the league to field four to six teams, each of which will have 13-15 players on its roster. No team will have more than five players from the same high school on its roster, and all fall league squads will be coached by a former professional or college player.

Here is our complete fall schedule:

Sept. 16-17: Chattanooga Fall Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Chattanooga, TN, $650 per team

Sept. 16-17: Chattanooga Fall Classic (14U), Chattanooga, TN, $525 per team

Sept. 19: Knoxville Fall League opening night

Sept. 16-17: EKU Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Richmond, KY, $725 per team

Sept. 23-24: River City Rascals Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), St. Louis, MO, $1,095 per team

Sept. 23-24: Fall Classic (15/16U & 17/18U), Lebanon and Nashville, TN, $700 per team

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Fall Appy Classic (14U), Johnson City, TN, $575 per team

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: ETSU Fall Classic (17/18U), Johnson City, TN, $700 per team

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Smokies Fall Classic (15/16U), Sevierville, TN, $700 per team

Oct. 7-8: Hickory Crawdads (15/16U), Hickory, NC, $1,050 per team

Oct. 14-15: ETSU Fall Classic (15/16U), Johnson City, TN, $700 per team

Oct. 14-15: Smokies Fall Classic (17/18U), Sevierville, TN, $700 per team

Oct. 14-15: Belmont U Rose Park, Nashville, TN, $600 per team

Oct. 28-29: Gateway Grizzlies (15/16U, 17/18U), St. Louis, MO, $900 per team

Oct. 29: NET Elite Fall Individual Showcase, Walters State, Morristown, TN, $75 for pitchers, $100 for position players

Nov. 11: Tennessee Perfect Game Series Showcase Skills Event, Gallatin, TN

 

 

 

 

ETSU Summer Classic Recap

Nearly three dozen teams converged on Johnson City, TN, for the ETSU Summer Classic.

16U

There was no stopping Phoenix Baseball, which went undefeated on the weekend and capped its unblemished run with an 11-7 victory over RBI Tri-Cities Cubs in the bracket final.

Phoenix was tough for any one opponent to stop. As a team, Phoenix Baseball hit over .400 for the tournament, scoring 40 total runs in its final four contests.

The Cubs also played well, as did Knox Newbalance and BC Athletics. Braden Hickey and Cameron Bryson both demonstrated good poise at the plate for Newbalance throughout the weekend.

Fury Baseball finished with a 1-2 record and failed to reach bracket play, but did feature two of the top individuals in the division: Jerett McAfee and Harley Walker, who stood out both with their pitching and hitting.

 

18U

This division saved the best for last, as the championship game was a thrilling contest that saw Viper Baseball Club top the JC Braves by a 2-1 margin on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Scott Elgin fired a complete game for Viper Baseball, hitting as fast as 89 mph with his fastball during the contest.

Viper Baseball and the Braves both were undefeated heading into the bracket final. The Braves allowed fewer than 10 runs combined in their five games over the weekend.

Other teams who stood out included ET Diamond Jacks, Lenoir City Oilers, U17 Generals, East TN Elite and RBI Rifleman.

Brandon Garland turned in the best pitching performance of the weekend for SWVA Elite in a 4-2 victory over Diamond Mine. Garland fanned 14 hitters, clocking at 90 mph twice with his fastball.

Our summer schedule is winding down but in September we resume competition with our fall schedule, which begins Sept. 16 with our Chattanooga Fall Classic.

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!

 

Wood Bat Simulator Recaps

Teams in five age classifications took to 15 different fields in the greater Knoxville area to take part in NET Elite Baseball's Wood Bat Simulator event.

Here are all the results.

14-Under

There was no stopping East Cobb Select, which fired three shutouts—including a 6-0 blanking of Diamond Blue in the bracket finals—en route to the championship. Diamond Blue made a dramatic run into bracket play. They rallied in the final inning to defeat the Brentwood Orioles and earn a spot in the bracket semifinals, then upended the top-seeded Crusaders 6-5 to advance to the championship game.

15-Under

The Duluth Noles brought their hitting shoes to Knoxville, posting double-digit runs four times in six games—including a 10-0 result over the RBI Tri-Cities Reds in the bracket finals. Duluth won its first three games in pool play by a combined score of 42-0.

All four teams that advanced to bracket play—the Noles, the Reds, SI Prospects from Black, IL, and Tri-Star Baseball—were the class of the division.

16-Under

Rain wreaked havoc on the schedule but TN Xplosion emerged from the weather to win four games on Sunday to claim the division crown. The Xplosion went undefeated on the weekend and blanked both their opponents in bracket play, shutting out Cross Hit Red 1-0 in the division finals. Elite Training Academy, which fell to Cross Hit in the semifinals, went 4-0 in pool play with a roster that featured several promising prospects.

18-Under

Pro Concepts, Ozone Warriors, Propexs 17U and Cross Hit Baseball 18U were the class of pool play, finishing with a combined record of 14-1. All four teams showcased outstanding pitching with several hurlers topping 85 mph with their fastball. One of the best games in the division was a 1-0 pitching duel between Pro Concepts and Propxes.

As always, www.netelitebaseball.com is your hub for all things related to our events, our individual showcases, our PointsDriven scouting system, equipment for sale, and much more!