Four teams earned spots in the Perfect Game National Championship as 120 squads from eight different states converged on the NET Elite Baseball events in Nashville and Chattanooga during the first weekend of June.
The weather disrupted the schedule yet again, but this weekend, NET Elite was able to move games to different fields and work around the scattered storms that moved through the Volunteer State.
Congratulations go out to the quartet of teams who qualified successfully for the PG25 National Championships, which will be held in Fort Myers, FL, later this year.
Regional champions were as follows:
10U: Colts 45s
11U: TN Nationals
12U: TN Elite
13U: Viper Baseball Academy
The TN Nationals emerged as a dark horse in 11U bracket play, winning three straight games to snare the regional crown.
Viper Baseball Academy impressed in the 13U ranks, scoring 54 total runs while posting a perfect 5-0 record when combining pool play and bracket play. Viper bested Six1five Baseball in the title matchup, after Six1five scratched its way into the bracket finals by winning three straight games earlier that day.
Chattanooga action also included the Lookout Blast, held for 14U and 15U teams. Viper Baseball Academy produced the title winner in 14U competition as well. After winning its three pool games by a combined score of 32-2, Viper followed with a 7-0 shutout in the semifinals before besting the RBI Blazers 8-5 in the division title game.
In 15U play, Tri-Star Baseball came away with the hardware. Tri-Star also survived in the best game of the entire NET weekend, outlasting the RBI Tri-Cities Cubs by a 7-6 margin in a contest that lasted nine innings in the bracket semifinals. Tri-Star went undefeated over the weekend, besting Diamond Academy Legends 12-0 in the title matchup. Diamond got some fantastic defense all weekend long from its shortstop.
The 16U and 18U teams converged on Music City for the NET Elite Nashville Kickoff. Visiting the state capital of Tennessee was a good trip for Cross Hit, which produced the championship team in both divisions.
Cross Hit Red took the 16U title and Matt Bradley was “the man” on the mound over the weekend. In 10 total innings of work, he allowed just a single earned run, notching a pair of victories in the process. Matt Riley finished well for Cross Hit Red, recording a pair of saves and one win. Offensively, Chase Terry (HR, 5 RBI) and Haven Mangrum (7 H, 6 SB) were the top standouts.
Likewise, Cross Hit's 18U team made a perfect run to a division title, allowing two or fewer runs in each of its five games—counting pool and bracket play combined. Cross Hit's most impressive effort was a 19-0 rout in the bracket semifinals.
This weekend, NET Elite has two events planned: a Perfect Game Regional for the 17IU and 18U divisions in Sevierville, TN.; and our Appy Showcase Youth Event, taking place for 8U-13U teams in Kingsport.
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