Last month we took an in-depth look at the 12U National Power Rankings in USSSA play, now it’s time to feature the top five teams according to points. Squads based in Texas and Florida comprise the entire top-5, and that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
- Hustle Premier: Hustle Premier (pictured above) from Texas City has been ultra-impressive this spring and summer season. They’ve played in four USSSA tournaments from June until today and won the championship in half of those events (Fireworks Festival Qualifier and 300 Point Super State). The other two results were not shabby at all. They most recently finished fifth at the Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series but was 5-3 against top competition. Their other fifth place finish was at the Governors Games Select30 Super NIT despite going 3- The Premier are an outstanding 39-10 In Class and manager Ruben Elizondo has guided his team to a 67-14 overall mark.
- ABC Scrappers: The Scrappers most recently tested itself at the Elite World Series in Florida and did quite well. They finished 4-2 overall with notable victories over the LA Xtreme Elite and Texas Ambush. Manager Geno Allen’s team has four USSSA tournament titles in 2018 to along with a 45-15 In Class record. The boys from Kyle, Texas outscore their 12-Major foes by an average of three runs per game.
- Spitfire Elite Pizarro: The Spitfire Elite, the third and final Texas based team on this list, have been red hot this season. Similar to their home-state rivals on this list, Spitfire performed exceptionally well at the Elite World Series going 7-2 overall. They would eventually be eliminated by the Hitmen Ultra but defeated the ABC Scrappers convincingly. Manager Chabriel Pizarro has his team in peak form as they are 40-9-2 In Class to go with an Icy Breeze Baseball State Championship in June.
- MVP Elite: MVP Elite can be near the top of practically every national ranking across each of youth baseball’s age groups – that’s how consistent and excellent this program is. MVP Elite from Miami got much of their USSSA play in during last fall and early spring so they don’t have too much recent form to go by. At the Elite World Series they were 5-2 – but lost to one team twice, the eventual champions Team Derty Dirty South Bats. Prior to that, they won the Champions Cup Select30 Super NIT and Weston Spring Classic back to back. MVP Elite is a ridiculous 43-7-1 In Class and outscores those teams by an average of greater than three runs per contest.
- Central Florida Select: The Select finished third at the Elite World Series but lost just one time during the week of competition. Their lone defeat came by the slimmest of margins too, 1-0 against Team Clutch (FL). The Select are 52-6 overall and 32-5 In Class. At one point this season they won eight consecutive USSSA tournaments spanning from October to April. The Hitmen Ultra would eventually stop the streak in the finals of the Space Coast Classic.
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