The KC Siege 12U (pictured above) from Kansas City ran the table this past weekend at the KC Sports Fall Rings Championship NIT going 4-0 and outscoring opponents by a combined 43-8. This was the first USSSA tournament for this squad in the new “fall” season and in the 12-Major classification.
This 12-Open division attracted 16 total teams from two states (Kansas and Missouri), an excellent number for this early in the new year. Four squads were Major classified while the rest with the exception of one all carried AAA designations – which set up for some competitive baseball.
Each squad would participate in a two-game Pool Play schedule to begin the NIT tournament. After two games, they were then seeded based on overall record and average runs allowed being the tiebreaker. The four Major teams were then broken out into their own separate single elimination bracket to determine a champion.
The Siege were first matched up against the St. Joe Stars (AAA). This was not much of a contest as manager Dirk Kiser’s team won in a blowout – 17 to 0. They only needed to play four innings as the mercy rule took effect while Grant Madrid and Rex Holcomb each threw two frames on the mound.
The KC Siege would continue its shutout streak next game as the blanked the Shawnee Giants (AAA) 6-0. Three pitchers combined to achieve this impressive feat (especially in youth baseball) as Tyson Kiser pitched three innings followed by Brody Irlbeck for two innings and Myles Bachali for one. The Siege would earn top overall seed based on their 2-0 record and not giving up a single run. There was five other teams that finished 2-0 as well and deserve recognition: Rawlings MW Select Cardinals, Aces, KC Sox, Strike Zone Blue Jays and the BC/KC Rawlings Prospects- Keech.
In the Major bracket, the semifinals were positioned where the Siege took on the Rawlings Prospects and the KC Sox faced off against the Rawlings MW Select Cardinals.
Remarkably the Siege pitched yet another shutout – its third consecutive in the Fall Rings Tournament and won 8-0. This time it was Brody Irlbeck who was the star of the game as he pitched the full five innings to ensure the victory and advance his squad to a title game tile versus the KC Sox.
The Sox entered the game 3-0 in the tournament and 7-1 overall in league year 2019. They were fresh off a 5-1 win over the Rawlings Select Cardinals and ready for its first tournament title. Their plans however would be thwarted by the Siege as the boys from Kansas City won 12-8. Credit to the Sox for scoring 8 runs against the previously unblemished Siege, but it wasn’t enough to hoist the trophy.
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