Last time we checked in on the USSSA 13U National Power Rankings was nearly two months ago and a lot of great youth baseball action has transpired over that time period. The most notable jump in the rankings comes from the Crawdads by YETI Baseball Club from Austin, Texas, who moved up four spots to the top ranking.
As the season begins to heat up down south and out west, expect some newcomers to the national field and movement at the top of the national ranks.
- Crawdads by YETI Baseball Club: The Crawdads, as we wrote about last week, are undefeated in five USSSA tournament appearances on the season. Their most recent title was their toughest one, a Select30 Super NIT run where the Crawdads went 6-0 and outscored opponents 56-12. Manager Josh Sanders has his club at 24-1 overall, including 11-0 In Class. The boys from Austin outscore In Class teams by an average of exactly 5 runs per game. The Crawdads have established itself as one of the teams to beat on a national level within the 13U Division.
- Scottsdale Dirtbags 13U Black: The Dirtbags (pictured) have been quite busy on the USSSA tournament scene. They’ve competed in four events in 2019, winning the President Global NIT and most recently placing fifth (with a 4-1 record) at the Spring Championships Super NIT. Last fall the Dirtbags rattled off three consecutive tournament titles and now have an excellent 28-5-2 overall record. They do their best work in elimination round play with a 20-1-2 mark. Manager Eric Carlson’s squad will be back in action this weekend at the Spring Championships Super NIT where they’ll take on All9Baseball, Colton Nighthawks and Team Colorado Braves in pool play.
- Spitfire Elite-Pizarro: Spitfire Elite haven’t completed in USSSA sanctioned play since the fall ball season. They were dominant in that campaign however, winning three events and placing fifth with a 3-1 record in the DFW Fall Super NIT. We’ll look for them to take the diamond soon with a new look team for the upcoming campaign.
- Canes Southwest Scrappers: The Scrappers have been a model of consistency this year. In seven USSSA tournament appearances, they have not finished in worse than third place. In fact they won a Super NIT championship and Qualifier crown in the fall. Most recently the 26-5 Scrappers finished in third at the South Texas Select30 Super NIT, their only loss coming to the Crawdads.
- Kangaroo Court Roos American: The Kangaroo Court program in Florida is very strong. They have teams up and down the youth level performing very well. This 13U edition is no exception. They have back to back fifth place finishes, but won three straight titles before that. They kicked off their season last month at Select30 Super NIT, going 2-2.
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