When it comes to picking favorites to make a run at the 11u Elite Triple Crown World Series, you might want to stick to teams with the sticks.
The Chino Hills Thunder (CA) rang up 34 runs in three pool play games (tied for second-most), closing Thursday's action with a 10-3 victory over Twelve Gold (TX) that saw them score eight runs in the final three innings. The Thunder ultimately claimed the No. 3 seed in the upcoming double-elim tournament, which begins Friday for them with a first-round bye.
Isaac Fanoga had two hits and three RBI against Twelve Gold; Roman Lopez threw three innings of drama-free relief and added two RBI, while leadoff hitter Chase Davidson reached base three times, scoring once and driving in a run.
"The boys competed better; we had better at-bats from perspective, with the boys taking more pitches. forcing the kids to take a strike," said Thunder coach Rene Lopez. "Our ultimate goal is to win it; we don't look ahead, and we always go game-to-game and will not overlook our opponent. But at the end of the day, we came out here with the goal to actually win it.
"Isaac has just been on fire for us the past two, three games. He's been taking quality at-bats, and single-handedly won Game 1 for us, with a big double and triple."
Three errors in the bottom of the first by the Thunder opened the door for Twelve Gold to score twice, but the Gold managed just two hits the rest of the way. Fanoga's crucial hit came in the three-run fourth for the Thunder, and they pushed four more across in the sixth on six consecutive two-out hits. Jerry Mendoza (who reached base three times and scored three runs) got on board with a double, followed by singles from Justin Lopez, Roman Lopez, Fanoga, Brady Stull and Frank Brazil.
"I just needed to put the ball on the right side to score those runs. This was more fun, in our first game we were hitting for about 40 minutes before the other team got on the field," Fanoga said. "Roman pitched three really good innings, hardly any hits, and for us, we just needed to not make any more errors."
"Our coaches told us to pick it up; we all started hitting and making better plays," Roman Lopez added. "I was just trying to throw strikes, not walk people, and make them put the ball in play so my defense could help me out."
Blaine Bullard reached base twice and scored a run for Twelve Gold; Chris Sampson doubled and had an RBI, and Carson Sydnor added a single and a run.
It’s been all business for the Kansas City Dirtbags in the 13u Elite Division of the 2018 Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, CO. The Dirtbags started its journey with a 14-5 win over the East County Rattlers, followed up with a 12-9 victory over Cascade Crush and finished off a perfect 3-0 pool play journey with a 16-8 win over Bergen Thunder.
“Our whole team has been one solid group of individuals,” said Kael Davis. “When one of us does a positive thing, we all get up and cheer. That kind of positivity has really psyched our team up to do good things.”
Davis was lightning in a bottle out of the gate for the Dirtbags. On the very first pitch of the game, he hammered the ball over the fence to put his team ahead in the blink of an eye.
“I was looking for a fastball,” Davis said. “It came and I hit it hard.”
The solo shot was only the beginning of a six-run opening stanza for Kansas City. Luke Presto and Deegan Seely both drove in runs before the inning was book-ended with a two-run home run from Dondreonne Kennedy.
“I wasn’t trying to hit it out,” said Kennedy. “I was just trying to hit a line drive, it just happened to go a lot farther than I thought.”
Bergen Thunder were desperate for a win, and after giving up six early runs the resilient squad dug deep for a multi-run effort themselves. Taking advantage of Dirtbag mistakes, the Thunder pushed across four runs on three hits and three errors.
Davis and the Kansas City offense weren’t about to give Bergen any hope, though. Another single and two quick stolen bases let Jackson Downing bring Davis home with a sacrifice fly. Tate McGuire would also muster up a sacrifice in the second inning to make it 8-4.
After a quiet bottom of the second inning, the Thunder began slowly chipped away at the Dirtbag lead. Bergen conjured a run in the bottom of the third inning and quick work, defensively, in the top of the fourth allowed them to get back to the plate where they’d score three more runs, tying the game at eight.
“Our teamwork this week has been outstanding,” Kennedy said. “It got close there towards the end but all of us believed in each to get the job done.”
Seely opend the fifth inning with a single just as the time two-hour time limit expired, meaning the fifth would be the final of the game. Twelve total Dirtbag players would come to bat, eight of which would make the trek around the bases. Chase Wilcox and Dondreonne Kenney highlighted the inning with RBI extra-base hits.
Suddenly, the momentum swung back toward the Dirtbags, who now stood just three outs away from a third victory in three games.
Ty Wisdom climbed to the bump in the final frame. For the first time all game, Wisdom set down the Thunder in order, sealing the win, 16-8.
“Teamwork makes the dream work,” said Davis. “If we continue the way we’ve been playing and picking each other up, we’ll be playing for that big trophy on Sunday.”
When the Brighton Braves (UT) took the field Thursday at the 11u Elite Triple Crown World Series, they'd played exactly one game in the past month, and that was a loss Wednesday to kick off the event.
Good thing Riley Brown and his teammates have good muscle memory.
The 3-hole hitter for the Braves homered and drove in all five runs for his team against the Dallas Patriots-Sheets in a 5-2 victory; coupled with a 9-8 victory versus the Dallas Tigers-Bazzell later in the day, the Braves secured the sixth seed in the upcoming double-elimination championship bracket, which fires up Friday morning. Brown rapped a two-run, two-out single in the third inning to tie the Patriots, then smoked a long, high one over the left-center fence for the final runs of the contest.
"We had about a month off, and we've been scrimmaging at home trying to get ready. It was good to shake off the rust yesterday, and we started a little slow today," said Braves coach Donnie Saba. "That two-out, two-RBI hit from Riley Brown was huge. I am proud of these boys, and it was good to see the bats wake up a little bit."
Tommy Yates reached on an error for the Braves in the third inning, and Jaxon Soto singled, with both coming home on Brown's hit. Miles Layton walked to start the fifth; Soto singled again, and Brown was there to finish the task.
"I saw that pitcher really good, the balls that were coming down the middle. I had to do something with that," Brown said. "It feels good, especially being your second game in a month. Our pitchers did a good job and threw strikes."
The Braves used four pitchers; Saba is hoping to spread the responsibility around while also having options during the double-elim bracket.
"We're trying to limit innings, win the game, play some strategy .... it's always a tricky thing," he said. "We are deep in regards to pitching, which is a good thing. The teams we are seeing are amazing, very well-coached with a lot of talent, so we're trying to find a way to win and have some left for later."
Soto reached base three times and was about as flawless from the leadoff spot as one can expect.
"I love it at leadoff; you're the first one to see the pitcher, the first one the team has ... getting on three times sure felt good," Soto said. "Whenever Riley came up and you were on base, you felt like you had a good chance to score."
Collin Wootten scored on a single by Luke Billings in the first inning for the Patriots, and Kaden Jones scored on a wild pitch in the second inning. They had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, but Braves reliever Case Beames got a popout to first base and a strikeout to close the contest.
Five teams went 3-0 in pool play in the 11u Elite division, with the Santa Clarita Clutch securing the top seed. The Utah Grays, Chino Hills Thunder and Lone Tree Halos wrap up the top four, with all earning first-round byes Friday.
Opening day of the 13u Elite Division at Session 2 of the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, CO, looked more like a home run derby for the Omaha Pacesetters and Slammers (CO) Armour.
Slammers arrived at Howelsen Hill after already taking down West Coast Baseball, 4-3. The Pacesetters, on the other hand, were just dipping their toes into the tournament. Six home runs later, three for either side, left the two programs tied after seven innings, playing to an even 12-12.
“It’s kind of a big tournament,” said Brayden Anderson of the Pacesetters. “It’s probably the biggest tournament I’ve played in. I was excited to see what the competition was going to be like and what our team could do out here.”
It was Omaha who struck first. Noah Findeis and Drew Borner led the frame off with back-to-back walks. Two batters later, Rice Whitaker drove Findeis in with a single. Borner would follow Findeis’ lead, scoring a couple of plays later on a passed ball.
Starting pitcher Conlin Grady was solid from the get-go for the Pacesetters, escaping from a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and retiring the side in order in the second. His quick work on the bump allowed Omaha a chance to extend its lead.
The two teams traded one-run blows in the bottom of the second and top of the third stanzas. Drew Borner and Brooks Rodarte claimed an RBI for Omaha and Slammers, respectively.
Already leading 3-1, Omaha was looking to pull away in the bottom of the third.
“We just wanted to come out and compete,” said Easton Mains. “We were up early and had a pretty good lead but we were always looking for more.”
Mains kicked off the frame with a walk and was the first of three runs to touch home plate as the Pacesetters stretched its lead, 6-1. He would help out his squad in an even bigger way late in the contest.
Armour, as they would prove multiple times throughout Wednesday afternoon, would not go down without a fight. With Isaac Wachsmann already aboard with a single, Braden Hawthorne rocketed the first home run of the game over the fence, bringing Slammers within three, 6-3.
“I saw inside fastball,” explained Hawthorne. “I had been waiting for that pitch all day, I got it and I just took my opportunity.”
Following Hawthorne’s lead, Wachsmann equaled his long-ball effort in the very next frame. Though Wachsmann’s home run was only a solo shot, Slammers had already come up with two runs on a two-RBI single from Soren Angelini, meaning Armour had climbed all the back to tie the game at six.
“I knew we had the comeback in us,” said Wachsmann. “We’re all brothers and we all believe in each other.”
Trailing for the first time all afternoon, a previously 0-3 Camden Kozeal stepped to the dish with a determined mindset.
“I was really struggling early,” Kozeal said. “I told myself I better do something with this next pitch or I’ll be sitting on the bench in the next game. I saw a fastball and finally made a good swing.”
Kozeal’s first contact not only put the ball in play but sent the ball on a direct trajectory toward the summit of Howelsen Hill, propelling his team on top once again, 8-6.
Tensions mounted as the game drew towards its waning moments. Slammers added run in the sixth to pull within one and then exploded in the top of the seventh for four runs, including the team’s third home run at the hands of Jackson Wilkerson.
“We were really pumped after coming back earlier in the game,” said Wilkerson. “I was really pumped to go up there and hit. I saw fastball inside, my favorite pitch.”
Though it seemed improbable, Omaha had one last chance at a miracle. Back-to-back walks from Kozeal and Whitaker set the stage for Easton Mains. Mains cranked a fastball low and away well over the 314-foot mark in centerfield, drawing a swath of cheers from the Pacesetter faithful on hand as their team was down by just one run, 12-11.
Two batters later, Brayden Anderson conjured an even louder roar as his solo shot tied the game at 12. Though the game came to an end in the next at-bat, leaving the ballpark as equals seemed only fair after the barrage of offense displayed from each team.
“It’s just baseball for us,” said Anderson. “We go out there and compete and we’ll look to do the same tomorrow.”
Omaha will take on the Utah Yard Dawgs Thursday morning for the second of three pool play games in the 13u Elite Division. Meanwhile, Slammers face the Saddleback Cowboys, hoping to finish off an undefeated journey into the championship bracket.
After a stinging defeat, the most resourceful teams don’t sit around talking about how much it hurts.
At the start of their run at the Triple Crown 13u Elite World Series in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, the Building Champions KC Rawlings Prospects had to move past the disappointment of a Game 1 loss, falling to Cascade Crush Orange (WA), 5-2. With a Game 2 assignment vs. East County Rattlers (CA) starting up right away, the Prospects didn’t have much time to stew.
So they brewed instead – concocting a four-run burst in the first inning and a huge nine-run effort in the second, more than enough to take control and eventually post a 15-2 run-rule victory over the Rattlers at the Howelsen Hill Complex. Seven different players drove in runs for the Prospects, who now get to tackle Thursday’s 8 a.m. game with a more optimistic mindset.
“What the kids are slowly getting the grasp of, is a bad play happens, a bad at-bat happens, a bad pitching start happens. Once it’s over, baseball continues on; execution is all you can control in this game,” said Prospects coach Phil Kreisman. “As long as you take care of throwing strikes, defending the baseball, putting the ball in play, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
Jackson Bell had three RBI on three hits for the Prospects; Nick English reached base four times and scored four times, while Easton Wasinger, Parrish Beagle, Connor White and Michael Novak each had two RBI.
“We were down on ourselves about that first game. Then we came out after Connor gave a speech about the team, and that lifted us up,” Bell said. “I tried to clear my head, because I didn’t have a good first game.”
The Prospects slapped eight doubles overall had 13 batters come to the plate in the second inning. Things quieted down late, but two insurance runs to help secure the run rule victory were scored by English.
“We were down on ourselves and rusty; we saw the ball better in Game 2. First game, I knew it was going to be iffy for me, but second game I just got back out there,” English said. “When we are doing bad, we can get a little sluggish. When it’s going well, we are way up and happy, jumping around and helping each other.”
On the mound, the Prospects allowed just four hits. Starter White went two innings, and Jack Kreisman pitched the other three, getting a ground ball double play to end the third and then stranding three runners in the fourth.
“Connor and Jack, those guys aren’t to blow it by you, but they can locate really well,” coach Kreisman said. “They are two-pitch guys, not the ones who just get up there and try to throw as hard as they can.”
“They had good fastballs and located them – they did what they needed to do,” said English, who was the Prospects catcher Wednesday.
Cameron Tarling had two hits for the Rattlers, and Luke West doubled and drove in a run.
Every July, Triple Crown Baseball takes over the two gorgeous mountain towns of Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, UT for the World Series. A few age groups are still rolling in Steamboat; however, the 9u and 12u divisions have already left it all out on the Park City dirt.
The fun began on July 16 with the famous “Parade of Teams” through Park City’s Historic Downtown where teams are introduced and celebrate the week ahead. After the parade and pin trading, some squads received trophies before the tournament even started by participating in the Team Skills Competition.
In the 9’s division, Texas Edge Papasan was a triple threat in the competition, showcasing speed, accuracy and power to become the 2018 Skills champions. Edge athletes Julian Alcala and Easton Bleeker each won individual awards; Alcala placing first in throwing accuracy and Bleeker placing first in the home run derby. Their teammate Braylon Reid was also on the leaderboard with the second fastest base running time. The team took second in the Around the Horn Competition behind the LVBA Lightning Navy.
There were individuals from numerous teams that stood out in the 12u Skills Competition, but the Houston Generals were the most successful collectively after winning the fastest Around the Horn time and Luke Rivers’ second-place base running achievement. Tucker Jones from Tiger Baseball Club Elite had the best throwing accuracy, Colby Majewski from Premier Baseball Club was the home run derby master and Andrew Fox from the INW Diamond Dawgs was the speediest of them all.
The 5-game guarantee started bright and early on Tuesday morning and the 9u Bolt’s road to becoming champions was unusual and impressive. The team got off to a rough start falling to the Victory Braves, 15-0, in their very first game at the World Series and finishing pool play 2-2. Things started clicking for Bolt when the stakes were higher; the Lehi, Utah based team went undefeated the rest of the tournament to claim the title.
Two of their four bracket play wins were a result of taking down the previously undefeated Braves; the first time was on Thursday which sent the Braves on a long trip through the loser’s bracket. The Braves ultimately fought their way back to the title game, however, Bolt had just a little more gas in the tank and won the matchup by one run, 6-5.
The large amount of teams in the older division allows the 12u event to be broken into three different sectors after pool play; the Elite 8 (seeds 1-8), Platinum bracket (seeds 9-24) and the Gold bracket (seeds 25-45).
The 4th seeded Houston Generals carried over their Skills Competition success to the 12u Elite 8 division. The Generals topped the 7th seeded Utah Owlz, 17-8 in the championship game to cap off their perfect 7-0 tournament record. The team defeated both the 1st and 2nd seeded squads on their road to becoming Triple Crown World Series champions.
The 12th seeded SM Pounders out of Springville, Utah nabbed the Platinum championship with an overall record of 7-1. Their only loss came in the championship, a tough 7-6 battle against Utah Elite Baseball. Lucky for the Pounders, they had one more shot at Elite in the “if” game and they were successful, winning a 16-10 hitters duel.
The 28th seeded Team ROCK from Ogden, Utah had a smooth road to success posting several run rule victories and ultimately a 12-4 championship win over the 26th seeded Salt Lake Gulls.
Over the next few weeks, Triple Crown Baseball will take over two of the most gorgeous mountain towns in the U.S. for the 2018 World Series.
Park City, Utah will host the first group of 8u, 9u, 10u, 12u and 12 Elite athletes from July 16th-21st. In 2018, TCS marks the 7th year of the World Series in Park City. Conveniently located 30 minutes away from the Salt Lake City International Airport, this family friendly host city is known for its world class atmosphere, Olympic Park, free summer concerts, cool morning and evening temperatures, breath-taking mountain scenery, high-quality resort lodging, and an abundance of mountain shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.
The competition begins on Day 1 at Park City Sports Complex for the team skills competition, directly followed by a live show from our favorite baseball legend, Domingo Ayala. Later, all teams will parade through historic downtown Park City. Tournament play will run from Tuesday through Saturday and if you’re games are done early, don’t miss free entertainment at the Park City concert series from 6-8pm each night.
After crowning the World Series champions in Park City, TCS Baseball will head back to the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the 23rd year of the World Series in Steamboat Springs. Session 1 will feature over 75 teams in 11u, 13uD2 and 14u competition. Players, coaches and families can expect an epic Opening Day at Howelsen Hill Sports Complex on Tuesday July 24th filled with a team skills competition, parade of teams, pin trading and awards.
Nearly 50 more teams will head to “The Boat” to tie a nice bow on their summer baseball experience. Look for 8u, 13u and 11 and 13 Elite teams enjoying the last week of the TCS World Series from July 31st-August 5th. The format for Session 2 will mirror the first, aside from the opening ceremony being held at Steamboat Ski Corporation.
Good luck to all the teams headed to any of these three events. We wish you a week filled with family, friends, fun and solid baseball! Visit https://www.tcworldseries.com/ for more information on the 2018 World Series!
For more than 20 years, Triple Crown Sports has provided a superior Word Series solution for youth baseball teams looking for that special championship destination.
For 10u teams in 2018, you’ll find sturdy competition and great fun at the foot of the mighty Rocky Mountains in Park City, Utah. Clear your calendar for July 16-21, as we have a thrill-packed five-game guarantee waiting for your team!
The event features a festival with pin trading and a team parade, as well as a show featuring legendary YouTube comedian Domingo Ayala. When you are off the diamond, the diversions are easy to find – hiking, fishing, Olympic Park, Alpine slide, white-water rafting – Triple Crown is ready and willing to help you sort through the options.
Escape the heat and humidity; find your happy spot in the mountains at the 2018 TCS 10u World Series!
With two successful years in the rearview mirror and nothing but excitement about the road ahead, Triple Crown Sports and YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala have announced their partnership will continue with the release of the 2018 TCS Tour schedule.
Ayala’s “Theory of Beisbol” series and other videos on YouTube have racked up more than 28 million views. He has performed in a variety of settings, from indoor sports facilities, sports complexes, youth baseball fundraisers, corporate events and even in MLB locker rooms. Ayala’s unconventional journey to excellence as a profoundly skilled athlete provides a great deal of comedic material that sports fans continue to embrace; until that day he signs an MLB contract that properly rewards a player of his profound skill set, Triple Crown Sports is thrilled to have him on location.
“The players, coaches and families who play with us simply get a light in their eyes when Domingo Ayala shows up at the ballpark,” said Joe Santilli, director of baseball for Triple Crown Sports. “We are all about competition and skill-building with TCS baseball and softball, but it’s important to remember how much a good laugh makes it easier to stay in love with the game.”
Triple Crown Sports, which produces a variety of competitive, premier destination tournaments drawing thousands of athletes and their families, welcomes Domingo Ayala to the following events:
Arizona Spring Championships, Session 2 – March 17 (Phoenix, AZ)
Bend Elks Memorial Day Tournament – May 27-28 (Bend, OR)
Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 1 – June 14-15 (Omaha, NE)
Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 3 – June 23-24 (Omaha, NE)
Colorado Sparkler/Fireworks Fastpitch – June 27-28 (Denver, CO)
TC Baseball World Series – July 16 (Park City, UT)
U.S. Club Nationals – July 24 (Atlanta, GA)
TC Baseball World Series – July 31 (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Details on Domingo Ayala’s appearances will appear on the Triple Crown website (www.triplecrownsports.com) and TCS social media outlets; Ayala will also share details on his website (www.domingobeisbol.com) and Twitter feed (@DomingoBeisbol)
About Domingo Ayala:
Domingo Ayala was born and raised in Puerto Plata, DR sometime between 1978 and 1988 (records have not been verified). At a young age, with the influence of his cousin and longtime baseball coach, Vladimir Ayala, Domingo began to excel at the game of baseball. In the Dominican Republic, Domingo has been a 7-time Infielder of the Year and 6-time Outfielder of the Year award winner (two years overlapping when he played both SS and LF in order to hit twice in the lineup).
From snowcapped mountains to sunny beaches, the 2018 Triple Crown Baseball World Series
provides the opportunity to compete in some of the most beautiful places in the country.
For the seventh year in a row, Park City, Utah is the destination of choice for the 8u, 9u, 12u and 12
Elite World Series scheduled for July 16-21. In true TC World Series fashion, this event hits the ground
running with a Team Skills Competition at the Park City Sports Complex, followed by a special
appearance from beisbol legend, Domingo Ayala. The fun continues with an exciting Opening
Ceremony filled with pin-trading and a team parade!
2018 marks the 23rd year that Steamboat Springs, Colorado will host the Triple Crown Baseball World
Series simply because there is no better place to play baseball. Session #1 will host 11u, 13uD2 and
14u teams on July 24-29; Session #2 will host 8u, 13u, 11 Elite and 13 Elite on July 31-August 5.
Last but not least, Ventura County Coast, California will host the 8u, 10u and 10 Elite teams on July
24-29. Opening Ceremonies will take place at Ventura College Stadium, and you won’t want to miss
the Beach Party charms of whiffle ball, ocean swimming, volleyball, food trucks, music and family fun!
Let’s talk about our destinations – Park City is conveniently located 30 minutes away from the Salt
Lake City International Airport. This family friendly host is known for world class atmosphere, Olympic
Park, free summer concerts, cool morning and evening temperatures, breath-taking mountain scenery,
high-quality resort lodging and an abundance of mountain shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.
Similar to Park City, Steamboat Springs offers ideal weather conditions, incredible scenery, Alpine
Slides, Hot Springs, unique shops, restaurants and more.
Ventura County, California throws more of a curve, but nonetheless a destination worth visiting.
Located just 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, midway between Malibu and Santa Barbara, Ventura
is like a 1961 Ford pickup that's been well kept. Your team and families will enjoy a real "laid back"
beach community, wonderful dining, welcoming locals and many things to do away from the fields.
Rent a bike, take a ferry over to Channel Islands or just hang at the beach.
Players will create life-long memories while playing teams from across the United States. Fans will
enjoy watching World Series games and can take advantage of all the activities these locations have to offer.
End your summer on a high note and sign up for one of these dreamy destinations at...