Lonestar Baseball Club Central 14U- Madrid went 5-0 this past weekend in the Central Texas Global NIT to win its third USSSA tournament title in 2018. The team from Dripping Springs, Texas outscored opponents 34-19 overall including a 5-3 championship game victory over a fellow Lonestar Baseball Club team – South 14U Larue.
LBC Central-Madrid went 2-0 in pool play against other 14-Major teams before squads were seeded into a single elimination bracket. They were given the third seed despite an unblemished record because they allowed an average of 3.5 runs per game. The two teams ranked higher, Hill Country Martinez and Texas Hardball 14U, each gave up just 1.5 a game on average.
Lonestar Baseball Club-Madrid first defeated the Canes Southwest 14U- Szkotak from Leander, Texas, 5-4 behind the pitching of Zachary Spradling, Lino Rodriguez and Ethan Garcia. Central 14U-Madrid followed that victory up with a 9-3 defeat of the RiverCity Warriors. Wyatt Leschber threw 3.2 effective innings and Connor Chase came in from the bullpen as well.
Lonestar Baseball Club Central –Madrid established themselves as one of the teams to beat amongst the 10 Texas teams that were in the group. In the first round of bracket play they played Chaos, a 14-Major team from Austin who had a 21-13-2 overall record heading into the game. LBC-Madrid downed the Chaos 8-3 to reach the semifinals behind the outstanding pitching from Nicodemus Ruedas (4 innings) and Connor Chase (1 inning).
In the semis against the Rivercity Warriors whom had surrendered just one run in two bracket games thus far, the LBC-Madrid defeated them narrowly, 7-6. Beck Raymond started on the mound for manager Shane LeBlanc’s team and threw 3.1 innings while Ethan Garcia chipped in with 2/3 of an inning.
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The LBC-Madrid capped its impressive run with a victory against a team within their organization, LBC South-Larue, 5-3. This victory boosted LBC-Madrid’s overall record to 21-10 including a solid 15-10 mark In Class (against other 14-Major teams).
The team also won the DFW Select30 Super NIT in March where they went 6-0 overall and outscored opponents 39-4 overall. While LBC-Madrid doesn’t have the most powerful offense in the Class, it’s their pitching and defense that carries them. They allow an average of just 3.48 runs per game in contests against 14-Major competition.
In games against 14-AAA teams (7 total) LBC-Madrid scores 7 runs per game on average while allowing a mere 2.67 runs a game. With the strengths this team possesses, expect them to win a few more tournament titles this season.
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