NET Elite kicked off its fall tournament season with another big week in what already has been a banner year for the organization. In the first weekend of fall ball, NET Elite held two events: the Chattanooga Fall Classic, and the EKU Classic in Richmond, Ky.
Chattanooga Fall Classic
Eighteen teams converged on “Nooga” and the surrounding area for this event.
Angels Baseball stood out head and shoulders over the rest in the 15/16U division, winning all four of its pool play games. The Angels dominated their competition, scoring at least nine runs in each contest and winning the four games by a combined score of 47-7
In the 17/18U division, Big League Wildcats Red and Pro Concepts emerged superior, with both posting 4-0 marks in pool play.
One of the top individual standouts also was in the older division. Nolan Letzgus impressed for Fury Baseball's 17U team, showcasing high-potential athleticism and a strong arm on the mound, hitting 85 mph with his fastball just a few months removed from a surgery.
Carson Wells, a pitcher for Pro Concepts, also looked sharp. In his team'a first game of the tournament, he topped out at 83 mph—especially impressive for a player who only recently made his debut on the mound. Wells' teammate, Caleb Orr, was one of the top hitters of the tournament. Other standouts for Pro Concepts included Isaac Norman and Joseph Ridenour.
Big League Red was highlighted by a pair of strong left-handed pitching performances from Conner Hobbs and Dalton Fowler. In the lineup, Reese Wagner impressed with his ability to get on base and his speed. Langdon Garden also had a strong showing at an event with several collegiate coaches in attendance.
The Knox Stars fielded two teams in the event and also produced a slew of individual standouts. Rece Harpst unleashed the most blistering fastball of the tournament, at 88 mph. Other noteworthy individuals for the Stars included Will Shelton, Brogan Beckner, Denver Hubbard and Will Long.
Other individuals who impressed were Mason Everett, Andrew Kribbs, Aaron Tye, Aaron Colquitt, Tracy McBryar, Chase Cardwell, Isaac Whitehead, Garrett Liles, Emery Wright and Francisco Labiata.
Consistency was the name of the day for Central Express, which swept through its four pool games with an undefeated record to claim the tournament title in an eight-team field. Defense and pitching were the order of the day for the Express, who held the opposition to two or fewer runs in three of the four ballgames it won.
Knox New Balance, which went 3-1 on the weekend, featured two tremendous pitchers, while Patriots Elite from Michigan had multiple athletes who showcased their speed running the bases. The Ironmen called up a few younger players to their roster, and they performed well.
The NET Elite fall schedule continues this coming week with our first-ever event in St. Louis, the River City Rascals Classic. We also return to Middle Tennessee for the Fall Classic, taking place in Lebanon and Nashville.
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