NET Elite Baseball held tournaments at two different ends of the state last weekend.
Here's a recap of the most recent weekend of action.
Perfect Game Regional, Chattanooga, TN
Two teams secured berths for the PG25 National Championship in Fort Myers, FL. The two tournaments featured 53 teams representing 11 states, playing on 12 different fields in the Chattanooga area, including the home field of the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
In the 16U regional, the Stars Baseball Red VA club made the trip down from the Washington, D.C., area and were rewarded for the long trip. The Stars went 6-1 on the weekend, topping Tennessee Xplosion by a 4-1 margin in the championship game. The Stars also emerged victorious in the game of the tournament, besting the Bluegrass Xpress 4-3 in the semifinals.
Although they bowed out in the opening round of bracket play, the Kentucky Rockers dominated pool play, posting three shutouts and winning their four pool games by a combined score of 26-2. Showtime Baseball and Rake City also swung the bats well.
Hitting standouts included Mike Hukill and Colin Burgess for the Xplosion; and Christian West for OTC Red. On the mound, Tyler Deaco of the Kentucky Rockers reached 83 mph with his fastball.
Luke Vinson for Blue Print Baseball impressed with his versatility and speed.
In the 15U division, the Tri Cities Titans came home with the hardware and the national championship berth. Going 6-1 on the weekend, the Titans capped their run with a 9-1 victory over Angels Baseball in the bracket finals. The Angels also were part of the best game of the weekend, topping Tri-Star Baseball in the semifinals by a 7-6 margin in a dramatic nine-inning contest.
The Titans demonstrated depth and skill at several positions on the field, as well as on the mound and in the batter's box. Numerous hurlers reached between 77 and 84 mph with their fastball throughout the weekend.
Diamond Academy Legends did not advance to bracket play but had arguably the top prospect of the entire weekend in Giovanni Barroso, who showcased a tremendous all-around game.
A total of 21 teams converged on fields in West Tennessee, including the home field of the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Division champions were as follows:
18U: Prospex 17U
16U: Bandits Baseball
15U: West TN Wildcats
Check out the upcoming schedule of NET Elite events:
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
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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