By Colby Edds
The Summit of Softball, Chattanooga, TN
Once again NET Elite was fighting some questionable weather, as a huge storm was coming up from the Gulf and was on pace to arrive just in time for the majority of our pool play games. Luckily we were able to avoid much of the storm and were able to make it through the entire weekend with only one rain/lightning delay.
The 8u division was very exciting to watch. Irish Baseball Club (Chattanooga) finished pool play at 2-0. Bracket play proved to be a little more difficult. Irish Baseball Club were able to squeak past the East TN Mets (Athens) 8-7. Meanwhile Diamond Simcox Blue (Knoxville) was busy with a tight game of their own, as they narrowly defeated Rebels Baseball 16-14. This created a heavyweight match-up between Simcox Blue and Irish Baseball Club for the championship. Simcox Blue was able to prevail in the end winning 12-10.
As pool play wrapped up in the 10u division, we had 4 teams that finished 2-0 (Diamond Simcox Orange, Raider Baseball, Tennessee Blaze, and Wilson Vols). One of the most notable games of the weekend was between the Wilson Vols (Nashville) and Exposure, a battle which the Vols were able to win 5-4. Raider Baseball was a little too much handle, winning their 2nd straight tournament, but not without a fight, as they met Simcox Orange. Simcox Orange let the Raiders know that they came to play, but still the Raiders were able to come out on top 11-9. With this victory the Raiders (Chattanooga) punched their tickets to the Perfect Game Super 25 National Tournament in Ft. Myers in July.
The 11u bracket was just as competitive as 5 of the 7 teams finished pool play 1-1. In 11u, the Slammers started out slow and then picked up speed. After being beaten badly by a solid Exposure team in their first game 9-1, they rallied to win their next three games (Including a 10-1 win over Exposure) and found themselves in the Championship match-up against Head First Athletics. This game went back and forth the entire game. There was 3 ties in the game, but Head First was able to come out on top with a 6-5 victory.
In the 12u division the winners received a free bid to Ft. Myers. Exposure Black (Chattanooga) and Tri County Athletics (Sevierville) finished Saturday 2-0 in pool play and they would eventually find themselves in the Championship game against each other. Neither team had an easy road to the championship, Tri County played in one of the longest games of the weekend against Diamond Mine (Asheville, NC), with Tri County pulling it out 11-10 in extra innings. Exposure Black was able to overpower the Tri County A’s in the end with a 12-4 win and received their bid to nationals in Florida.
We had a great weekend of baseball with some very talented teams/players. Thanks again to everyone who came out to participate in the action! Thanks to The Summit and the City of Chattanooga for magnificent complex and top notch ground crew! We hope to see you again soon! #BeElite