The Kangaroo Court Roos American 13U (pictured above) from Trinity, Florida, won its second consecutive USSSA tournament title this past weekend at the 5th Annual Fall Classic. They went 5-0 overall and outscored opponents 36-16 to win this qualifier event and extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games. Last month they took the title at the 6-4-3 September Shootout NIT in Sarasota by outscoring foes 36-2.
The Roos had to battle through a large field in this 13-Open division. Sixteen teams competed in Bradenton this past weekend as just about half of them carried Major classifications while the other half were AAA labeled. Each team would play a two game pool schedule before being seeded based on overall record. Average runs allowed was used as the tiebreaking metric in such cases. The top 10 teams would advance into the Gold Bracket to fight for a championship while the bottom six were placed in a Silver Bracket to conclude their weekend.
The Kangaroo Court Roos began its pool slate against the PBA Diamonds (AAA). Manager Jason Miller used three pitchers to limit the Diamonds’ offense: Grayson Gibson, McCall Biemiller and Rivers Kurland. The Roos won easily 8-1 before being tested by the Gulf Coast Monarchs (Major) in the second game. The Monarchs came into the game off a 5-2 win over the Scrappers, but would come up short against the Roos, 6-4. Aidan Brigato (3 IP), Cameron Mallo (1.2 IP) and Rivers Kurland (.1 IP) combined for the victory.
The Roos-American earned top seed after pool play as the 2-0 team with the lowest average runs allowed (2.5). The other squads unbeaten to that point were the Riverview Rockets and Ostingers 13U- Davidson. The Roos would face a different Ostingers team (Ryan) in the quarterfinals and advance with relative ease, 8-0. Credit to starting pitcher Andrew Williamson who threw four innings before giving way to Rivers Kurland to appear in his third straight game of the tournament.
In the semifinals against the Central Florida Cubs, Kurland once again took the ball, but this time as his longest appearance – 3 innings. He was a big part in the Roos’ 10-9 victory as was fellow-hurlers Josh Castellani (2 IP) and Grayson Gibson (1 IP). The finals turned out to be a rematch between the Roos and the Monarchs as the latter crushed its semifinal opponent, 9-1.
The Roos were able to accomplish a tall task in youth baseball; beat the same quality opponent twice in one weekend. They prevailed 4-2 for their fifth win in just over 24 hours. Quite an impressive start to the fall ball season.
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