The Houston Generals 13U (pictured above) won this past weekend’s Under Armour Winter Championships in Texas after going 5-0 overall and defeating Kings Baseball 13U- Ryan, 6-4 in the title game. This was the first USSSA tournament manager Mike Evans’ team entered this fall ball season – and they found great success. The Generals outscored its opponents by a combined 42-6 total.
This tournament was one of the premier youth baseball events of the season as 186 total teams across 16 different age and skill classifications converged at the Baseball USA complex. The 13-Open division was the second largest featuring 18 total teams. Each would compete in a two-game pool play schedule. After being seeded by record and average runs allowed, ten squads would be placed in the Gold single elimination bracket while the other eight went onto the Silver bracket.
The Generals began play versus Cruz Baseball 13U, a AAA team from Houston with a 9-4 overall record heading into play. They were no match for the Generals, however as the eventual champs shut them out 12-0. Evans used four pitchers, each for one inning in hopes of preserving their arms for later in the tournament: Braelon Richardson, Casan Evans, Easton Dean and Jacob Macias. The second pool game for the Generals was a replay of the first – a 12-0 mercy rule blanking of the BPT Hurricanes. The manager used three pitchers in this contest as Braxton Wakefield threw two innings while teammates Braydan Salinas and Patrick Overmyer each hurled a frame.
The Generals claimed the top overall seed as they could not have been any better through two games since they didn’t surrender a single run. Three other teams also went 2-0 and proved to be a threat to the Generals’ title hopes; Los Tigres 13U, HP Danielson and BBA Bucs Navy.
The Generals were given a first round bye in bracket competition which is a huge advantage in a compact two-day schedule. In the quarterfinals they took on the TX Raptors Team Easton Scorpions who defeated Blueclaw Baseball 3-1 in the play-in round. The Raptors played the Generals close, but would ultimately lose 5-2. Overmyer led the way on the mound throwing 2 innings before 1.1 IP from Macias and Salinas sealed the deal getting two outs.
In the semifinals, the Generals met a fellow 3-0 team, the BBA Bucs Navy from Lake Jackson. The Bucs were fresh off a shutout of Next Level Baseball. The Generals would return the favor in the final four as they posted its third shutout of the tournament. The team was led by Erik Aguirre who pitched three innings and Luke Rives who pitched one – they would win 7-0.
The championship matchup came against Kings Baseball who was the 7 seed and 1-0-1 after pool play. The Generals would squeak out a narrow two-run victory, their closest of the tournament to win their one and only USSSA tournament of the season. Casan Evans went most of the way on the mound for the Generals, throwing 2.2 innings followed by Braelon Richardson who threw 1.1 innings.
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