It was another big weekend for NET Elite Baseball, as we held two separate events that used the finest facilities across East Tennessee, including five professional stadiums.
Here's a recap of the most recent weekend of action.
Perfect Game Regional (18U)
Prospex punched its ticket for the PG25 National Championship in Fort Myers, FL, defeating Diamond Elite Mariucci by a 3-1 margin in the championship game. Prospex won its previous two games in bracket play by a combined score of 15-2, and compiled a 3-1 record in pool play.
Brand Johnson was the top pitcher for Prospex, reaching as high as 87 mph with his fastball. Archer Charles paced Prospex at the plate throughout the tournament.
Diamond Elite Mariucci survived a 4-3 dogfight with the Mt. Juliet Riverdogs to reach the championship finals. Along the way, that team enjoyed some fantastic play behind the plate from its catcher.
There was some impressive velocity on the mound, with Shaddon Peavyhouse (90 mph) and Andy McKitrrick (89 mph) leading the way. Knox Stars catcher Will Gladson recorded one of the best pop times of the weekend on his throw from home to second base.
Other standouts during the Perfect Game regional qualifier included shortstop Michael Robinson and first baseman Ian Phillips from the RBI Royals, as well as Dylan Kinder, the shortstop for GW Baseball.
The Crusaders came away with the 16U title in a bracket that also included some other highly talented teams such as Stealth, MT Outlaws, and the Danville Mustangs.
Matthew Silverling pitched the Crusaders into the championship game, firing a complete game in a 5-1 victory over the MT Outlaws. Silverling hit 86 miles per hour, while working both sides of the plate. Brandon Feather (84 mph) also shined on the mound for the Crusaders, who had Troy Podvin and David Bryant among their top hitters for the weekend.
In the 15U division, the RBI Tri-Cities Reds came home with the hardware. Matthew Levi was the top hitter for the Reds, who scored 19 total runs in their two bracket games. Cade Simmons and Zach Copenhaver also looked good with the bat, while Matthew Dailey turned in a standout pitching performance for the Reds. Tri-Star Baseball also performed well over the weekend, led by some great defense at catcher, but fell short by a 3-2 margin to RBI Redstitch in the bracket semifinals.
The Danville Mustangs rolled to the 14U title, showing mastery both offensively and defensively. Danville went 4-0 in pool play, then completed an unblemished run through bracket play by defeating Crusaders-Hanes 11-3 in the finals.
Check out the upcoming schedule of NET Elite events:
June 16-18, Perfect Game Regional (15U, 16U), Chattanooga, TN (REGISTER)
June 16-18, Jackson Generals Showcase (15U, 16U, 18U), Jackson, TN (REGISTER)
June 23-25, Perfect Game Regional (14U), Knoxville, TN (REGISTER)
June 23-25, Summer Jam (13U, 16U, 18U), Knoxville, TN (REGISTER)
June 23-25, Lexington Bash (15U, 16U, 17U, 18U), Lexington, KY (REGISTER)
June 28, Individual Showcase at East Tennessee State, Johnson City, TN (REGISTER)
June 29-July 2, Louisville Slugger (14U, 15U, 16U, 18U), Kingsport, TN (REGISTER)
June 29-July 2, Louisville Slugger (8-13U), Kingsport, TN (REGISTER)
July 7-9, World Wood Bat Simulator (14U, 15U, 16U, 18U), Knoxville, TN (REGISTER)
July 14-16, ETSU Summer Classic (16U, 17U, 18U), Johnson City, TN (REGISTER)
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