Lubbock Baseball Academy 13U-Watkins split its two pool play games in the King of the Turf Global World Series Qualifier this past weekend, then went on to win three-consecutive elimination bracket games to take the title in Hobbs, New Mexico.
On Sunday, Lubbock Baseball opened its day with a first-round matchup against the Texas Trauma (Amarillo) and advanced with a 6-4 victory. Next up was a contest against the Odessa Rage whom they defeated by a score of 8-3.
In the championship game, Lubbock BA-Watkins played Sucio Baseball (17-6 overall USSSA record) from Odessa, Texas. Sucio was the overall top seed in the nine-team 13-Open division of this Global World Series Qualifier. Lubbock however prevailed by the slimmest of margins, 7-6 to cap an impressive tournament run.
The boys from Lubbock were led on the mound by Jose Valdez who pitched 7 total innings this past weekend, including 6 against the Odessa Rage. Victor Vaquera threw 4.2 innings of quality ball against the Trauma and rounded out the one-two punch.
Lubbock Baseball Academy lost its first pool play game 6-4 to the Midland Aces then bounced back with a 7-0 shutout of the Ropes 13-DeAnda before being seeded for single-elimination competition. Lubbock BA-Watkins has a 7-2 record In-Class.
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In the eight-team 12-Open division of the King of the Turf, the home-state Basebrawlers from Carlsbad earned top seed after two pool play games and went on to win the tournament after three bracket game victories. Josh Quintela’s team now has their fourth USSSA tournament title in 2018, including three Global World Series Qualifiers.
As the Basebrawlers advanced in elimination competition, the games became increasingly closer. The first round was an 8-0 blanking of the Odessa Rage followed by a 7-2 triumph over the Odessa Outlaws. In the finals, the only two undefeated teams to that point faced-off. The Basebrawlers got the best of Lubbock Heat Baseball 4-2 and outscored opponents 39-4 overall this past weekend in Hobbs, NM.
The Basebrawlers now have an excellent 25-2-2 overall record, including 7-1-1 In Class. Against 12-Major squads, they score on average 4 more runs per game than they allow. They absolutely dominate 12-AAA classified teams, losing just one time in 17 games, scoring over 9 runs per game on average while surrendering just a single run per contest.
In last month’s Select30 Super NIT, the Basebrawlers went 2-1-1 overall, and outscored opponents 33-27. They won the March Freeze Global World Series Qualifier earlier in March going 5-0 throughout the weekend and allowing just 6 total runs. The Basebrawlers rank very high in USSSA points and power ranking based upon their overall play and strength of victory. We should be hearing more from this team as the season continues…