Several inches of rain inundated the Knoxville area, but that did not prevent NET Elite Baseball from completing its recent weekend of competition. In Knoxville, it took the help of a dedicated crew of workers and more than 130 bags of quick-drying field dirt to get in the game but our staff made it happen.
Which teams came away with the hardware? Here are all the results.
14U Perfect Game Regional
Twenty-four teams converged for games in Sevier County, Jefferson County and Blount County. By the time the rains cleared, Game Time Sports 14U Blue claimed the regional title—and a berth in the PG25 National Championships to be held later this year in Fort Myers, FL.
Game Time featured several outstanding players, went 5-1 on the weekend and built a big lead early in the bracket finals, an 11-2 victory over Hard Knox. That Hard Knox club survived two close games decided by just three combined runs to reach the championship finals. Tribe Baseball played well, going 3-0 in pool play and advancing to the semifinals before dropping a 6-1 result to Game Time in the bracket semifinals.
Summer Jam, Knoxville, TN
West Knoxville received more than 3 inches of rain but Phoenix Baseball (16U) and the WO Chiefs (18U) survived the elements and the competition to claim championships.
In the 16U division, Phoenix Baseball went undefeated, going 3-0 through pool play and then topping Knox New Balance 11-3 to claim the title. In addition to the two finalists, Showtime Baseball also impressed, winning two of its three pool games.
In the 18U division, the WO Chiefs made the long trip from Louisiana and beat another squad that traveled a lengthy distance to compete, Diamond 17U Crowder, which is based out of Michigan. The Chiefs logged a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Knox Stars to wrap up their schedule of pool play and earn a spot in the championship finals. The Chiefs benefited greatly from hard-throwing pitching throughout the tournament; several hurlers had fastballs registering in the upper 80s and lower 90s.
In addition to the two finalists and the Knox Stars, Franklin Elite, Hustle Baseball and the Appy Storm all showcased impressive squads during the weekend.
NET Elite held its first-ever tournament in Lexington, KY, and the Evansville Leathernecks claimed the title in the 18U division, getting the best of Wolves Baseball in the finals in a battle between two teams that entered with unblemished 3-0 records.
This week NET Elite is proud to host our signature event, the Louisville Slugger tournament, from our home base in Kingsport, TN.
Check out the upcoming schedule of NET Elite events:
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)
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!