Just over a month ago, the last time we checked in on the 14U USSSA National Power Rankings, two teams from Florida cracked the top 5. This month it’s Arizona’s turn to be represented in these prestigious rankings.
- YETI Baseball Club Crawdads: The Crawdads from Austin, Texas, have not competed in USSSA sanctioned play since their victory in November’s DFW Fall Super NIT. Since their strength of victories was so strong, it will take a lot to move them off the top spot. The Crawdads are 18-0 overall this season and have a four consecutive tournament winning streak ongoing.
- Allstars: The Allstars (pictured above) from Hialeah, Florida have been a consistent presence on this list all season long. They stay in the exact same spot as last month’s rankings even with a Santa’s Championship Qualifier triumph mid-December. In this tournament, manager Yunt Cabellero’s team went 5-0 and outscored opponents 42-3 overall. Clearly this squad is itching to place some of the premier competition in the sunshine state. The Allstars are 20-3-1 overall this season, including a 11-2-1 In Class mark.
- AZ Nationals 14 Red: We covered the Nationals’ Red run in the Winter Nationals NIT tournament earlier this week in which they finished a valiant second place to Wilson Sandlot. Since the last 14U rankings, manager Cody Ransom’s team finished no worse than second – they won the Holiday Classic Qualifier just before Christmas in two USSSA appearances. The Nationals Red are 8-2 In Class and average a +4 run differential against those teams. Their only losses have come to Sandlot Baseball.
- 14U Wilson Sandlot: The boys from Chandler have beaten the AZ Nationals twice this season, but are likely listed behind them due to tournament activity. Wilson Sandlot only competed in one tournament this year, albeit emerging as champs. In that Winter Nationals appearance, manager Rob Gorrell’s team went 6-0 with a +40 run differential. They defeated all Major-classified teams and will be a big time threat as the baseball season in Arizona continues through the winter.
- Elite Squad Outlaws: The Outlaws from Miami Lakes slid down a spot from last rankings to make room for the two top Arizona teams. The Outlaws are another bunch (similar to YETI baseball) who have not competed in USSSA play since mid-November at the Thanksgiving Classic. The Outlaws are a solid 9-2-1 overall and get it done with solid pitching and defense. Manager Alex Catoni’s team allows just over three runs per game on average against Major teams.
Stay logged onto Youth1.com as next week we’ll highlight the 13U Major division.
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