Throughout the summer 2018 youth baseball season we periodically took a deeper look at the 12U-14U Major divisions of USSSA baseball. We would highlight the top-five nationally ranked teams based on points and/or power ranking to give those teams the deserved exposure.
Today we begin the 2019 fall season in the 14U age classification to see which teams have separated itself from the rest this early going…
- Dallas Mustangs- Menchaca: The Dallas Mustangs (pictured above) are in the No.1 spot based off their impressive performance in the Matt Dozier Benefit Tournament two weeks ago. The Mustangs defeated five consecutive 14-Major teams all while outscoring them 38-13 combined en route to a championship. The Mustangs threw two shutouts in the tournament, including a 3-0 title game victory over D-BAT Elite Smith. Manager Gary Menchaca’s squad is back in action tomorrow at the Tara Sawyer Memorial Tournament. They will take on the Dallas Tigers East and Reds Ball Club in pool play. They’ll look to hang onto this top spot in a tough division.
- All-Stars: The All-Stars from Hialeah, Florida, have been active thus far in the fall ball season. They’ve participated in three USSSA tournaments, winning two and finishing last weekend’s Fall Classic Championship as runners up. Their titles came in two Qualifiers in which they were a combined 10-0: August’s Back to School Championship and the D-Backs Baseball Tournament. Manager Yunet Caballero’s team is 13-1-1 overall, including 8-1-1 In Class.
- Indiana Elite: The Indiana Elite has opened some eyes this season with their explosive offense and hot start. They’ve won both USSSA tournaments they’ve entered so far – the USSSA Heat Qualifier and Southern Indiana Fall State. The Elite are 10-0 overall (5-0 In Class) and averaging over 9 runs scored per game. Steve Sawa will guide his group into this weekend’s Midwest Fall Nationals in Kentucky. They’re scheduled to take on two Major teams in pool play, the SC Bison and Legends- Founders Club.
- YETI Baseball Club- Crawdads: The YETI Baseball club won the Battle Royale Qualifier in Texas two weeks ago against some really quality Lonestar State-based teams that they make it into the top 5. The Crawdads outscored its semi and finals opponents by a combined 8-0 and 31-9 overall throughout five games. They only team that pushed Josh Sanders’ team was LBC North- Moench. The boys from Austin will look to continue the momentum this weekend as they compete in the Fall Grand Slam. They will take on Tier 1 Gold Squadron and GPS Texas Baseball in pool play.
- South Florida Wolfpack: The Wolfpack are 8-2 overall (5-1 In Class) this early season with three tournaments under their belt. They would have back to back titles on their resume if it were not for the All-Stars beating them 16-5 in the finals of the D-Backs Baseball tournament. Previously the Wolfpack took home the trophy at the Labor Day Bash in Coral Springs outscoring opponents 20-0. Paul Rubenstein has his team ready to contend for the biggest trophies in the contentious world of Florida youth baseball.
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