The Colorado Elite 12U (pictured above) lived up to its name this past weekend at the USSSA Colorado Major State Championships in Denver as they went a perfect 5-0 and outscored opponents 75-17 overall to win their second USSSA tournament in 2018.
The Elite scored double digit runs in each game except one throughout the weekend, all against fellow Major classified competition. There were 14 total teams, all from Colorado, in this competitive field. The squads were broken into four pools to play a two-game round robin first round. All 14 teams were then seeded into a single-elimination bracket round.
The Colorado Elite were placed in Group B along with SJ Columbine Rebels, Slammers Bauer and the Colorado Silver Sluggers. Their first pool game came against the Rebels- Pacheco (who was 14-6 heading into the game) and it wasn’t even close – the Elite cruised 16-3. Brady Campbell (2 IP) and Adam Smith both pitched for the Elite in their initial tilt. In the second contest, manager Marc Smith’s group won by a nearly identical score to its first, 14-3 over the Silver Sluggers. Gavin Smith, Connor Lang and William Garduno each pitched for the Elite. They were one of five 2-0 teams after pool play, the other being Team Colorado Braves, Ruachis, Colorado Select and the Colorado Smashers.
In bracket play, the Elite had to win three consecutive elimination games on Sunday to hoist the trophy, a tall task for any team. They first were tested against the Rough Riders Black who had just defeated Slammers Bauer in the first round. They were no match for the Elite as the final score of 17-2 indicated. Starting pitcher Matthew Casillas and Gavin Smith both pitched for the Elite.
In the semifinals the Elite had a rematch with the Columbine Rebels and while this game was closer than the first, it was still a convincing 8-0 shutout. Credit goes to starter Matthew Casillas who pitched three innings before Luke Garner entered the game in relief.
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The final game was an offensive explosion for the Colorado Elite as they posted an amazing 20 runs against the Colorado Braves to win by 11. This was the Elite’s first tournament title since April’s AYL Spring Blast.
The Elite, from Parker, Colorado, now have an outstanding overall record of 22-9-2 including an 18-8-1 mark In Class. Their offense is dangerous as they score an average of 10 runs per game against other 12U Major teams while surrendering just about 6.5.
On a points-based ranking, the Elite are second in the state of Colorado, behind the Colorado Select who were upset by the Colorado Braves in the second round of this past weekend’s Major State Championships.