The 62-team Home Run Classic kicked off the summer season in style last weekend at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.
Here are the championship results in four age groups and in a total of six tournament brackets.
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The Renegades put on a fine show on their way to the 10U Home Run Classic championship. The Renegades defeated the Diamond Jacks Super 10U, 8-0, in the final. The Renegades went 4-0 in the tournament and outscored their opponents 60-20. The Super 10U (2-2) lost both of its games to the Renegades. The Super 10U outscored its opponents 34-26. The Redbirds’ Jack Wilhelm was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The Diamond Jacks Super 11U squad has carried its hot spring into June, defeating the West Chester Dragons, 15-5, in the 11U Home Run Classic. The Super 11U went 4-0 and posted a gaudy 80-7 runs differential in the tournament. The Dragons (3-1), which permitted just five runs in their first three games, held a 42-20 runs advantage on their opponents. The Super 11U’s Sal Garcia and Dean Mantuano were named the tournament’s co-Most Valuable Players.
15U BLUE BRACKET CHAMPIONS
The Baltimore Redbirds nipped Locked-In Expos, 4-2, to capture the 15U (Blue Bracket) Home Run Classic championship. The Redbirds (4-0-1) held a 29-12 runs advantage on its opponents. Locked-In (3-1-1) outscored its tournament opponents 25-13.
15U RED BRACKET CHAMPIONS
Kings Baseball (3-0-1) permitted just three runs on its way to the 15U (Red Bracket) Home Run Classic final and was in line to oppose the Rockland Pirates (3-1-1) but the championship game was rained out. Kings Baseball outscored its opponents 32-3 while the Piratges held a 27-14 runs advantage on its tournament opponents.
17/18U WHITE BRACKET CHAMPIONS
The East Coast Lumberjacks (4-0) defeated Rockland Showcase 16U, 9-1, in the 17/18U (White Bracket) Home Run Classic championship game. The Lumberjacks outscored their tournament opponents 29-4. Rockland (3-1-1) held a 29-21 runs margin on their opponents.
17/18U RED BRACKET CHAMPIONS
The Long Island Elite 2019 (3-0-1) and Jersey Boyz Baseball (3-0-2) played extremely clean baseball and utilized excellent pitching to reach the 17/18U (Red Bracket) championship game but rain put an end to the potentially outstanding final. Long Island outscored its opponents 12-4 while the Jersey Boyz fended off their opponents to the tune of a 20-6 margin.