Kings Baseball Reign Supreme at Baseball USA Global WS Qualifier | Youth1

Kings Baseball Reign Supreme at Baseball USA Global WS Qualifier

Kings Baseball 13U- Ryan (pictured above) won the Baseball USA 300 Point Battle Global World Series Qualifier yesterday in The Woodlands, Texas, after going 4-1 overall and outscoring opponents 23-15. This was the Kings’ first USSSA tournament title of the fall/winter season as they last finished as runners up at another Global World Series Qualifier, the Under Armour 300 Point Winter Championships. Manager Chris Ryan as guided his club to an 8-2-1 overall record to date.

This event attracted over 200 teams across 18 total age divisions and classifications making it one of the largest youth baseball tournaments of the weekend. The 13-Major division featured nine squads, all from the Texas-South USSSA designation – and all but two were Major classified. The tournament followed a typical USSSA format: two game pool schedule then seeding based on record and average runs allowed into a single elimination bracket.

Kings Baseball began its slate versus one of the AAA teams, Adidas Baseball USA. The boys from Cypress, Texas, put up quite a fight, but wound up losing 1-0. Kings Baseball threw four different arms at the Adidas bats, Maddox Keo (2 IP), Seth Sloan (1.2 IP), Daniel Garcia (1.1 IP) and Keegan Demmer (1 IP) all had a hand in the combined shutout. The second pool game of the day was a complete avalanche by Marucci Elite Texas- Massiatte. They shutout Kings Baseball 10-0 and proved to be a serious championship contender. In fact, they earned the top overall seed heading into bracket play.

Kings Baseball was given the fifth seed based on its 1-1 record and five runs allowed on average. That meant they had a harder road to the finals – but that did not deter Chris Ryan’s team.

The next day with their tournament hopes on the line, Kings Baseball squared off against the Texas Twins 13U Blue in the quarterfinals (the top 7 seeds earned a first-round bye). Keo made a second tournament appearance on the mound and led the way with four excellent innings followed by one from Ashton Foster who combined for a second shutout in three games. They downed the fourth seeded and previously 6-1 overall Twins to advance to the semi-finals and a rematch against the Massiatte team who had been tearing up opponents.

This time Kings Baseball got the better of the top-seeded Marucci Elite squad, 4-2. The unquestioned star of the game was starting pitcher Daniel Garcia who went the entire distance of five innings and held a team who had been averaging nearly 11 runs per game to just two. This effort catapulted Kings into the finals against another Marucci Elite team, the seventh seeded and Cinderella, Greening squad.

After an 0-1-1 pool schedule, Greening defeated Twelve Silver 3-1 and HP Danielson 9-2 to reach the title game. Their surprising run would end versus Kings Baseball as Ryan stuck to his elimination game pitching formula of giving one arm the ball, and Jack Barnes went the distance this time. He led his squad to a 10-3 victory and a big early-season title.

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