The Kangaroo Court Roos American (14-Major) from Trinity, Florida picked up where it left off last season and dominated this past weekend’s Pinellas Backyard Brawl Global World Series Qualifier by going 5-0 and outscoring opponents 52-5. In their USSSA winter season debut, manager Jason Miller’s club was tested against four fellow Major teams, and they passed with flying colors.
This Global World Series Qualifier attracted 63 total teams from the host state across eight different divisions. This 14-Major field of six was likely the most competitive as it featured only the top-level of classifications. Each team played two pool games before being seeded based on overall record and average runs allowed. Every team in pool play would advance to a single elimination bracket round to determine a champion.
The Roos American began its slate on Saturday versus the Florida Burn from Palm Harbor. The Burn were a .500 team heading into the matchup which was not a good sign for their chances of winning. The Roos shut them out 9-0 behind four innings from Matthew Rose and one from Landen Maroudis. Next up was an even more lopsided result – a 21 to nothing final over the winless Empire Baseball.
It’s no surprise that at the end of pool play the Roos earned the top overall seed based on its 2-0 mark and zero average runs allowed. In fact, no other team in the field was 2-0 and only one was unbeaten: the 1-0-1 Florida Burn Tampa North. The top two seeds were given a first round bye and were placed straight into the final four.
In this round, the Roos faced off with the Angels Red from Lakeland while the two Florida Burn teams did battle on the other half of the bracket. The Angels Red entered the contest with a 15-4-3 overall record and on a roll after a 9-0 blanking of the Central Florida Cubs in the first round. They were able to scratch across three runs against the pitching of Wesley Mendes (3.1 IP) and Vance Celiberti (2.2IP) but not hold down the powerful Roos bats. The final was 9-3 and the better seeds were onto the finals to take on the Florida Burn Tampa North.
The North team defeated its program mates 8-0 to set up a finals matchup that had promise with the 3-0 Roos and 7-0 overall Burn. It ended up being one-sided, however, with the Roos capping its tournament run by a final score of 13-2. They averaged 13 runs per game this past weekend in Clearwater while only giving up 1.25.
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