Six weeks have elapsed since we last checked in on the 14U USSSA national power rankings list. There are two new teams in this edition as youth baseball is beginning to awake from a winter slumber – especially in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona (well represented below).
- YETI Baseball Club Crawdads: The Crawdads remain in the top spot despite not playing in a USSSA event in over three months. They completed a monster fall season with a Super NIT championship to run its record to 18-0 overall. YETI is also 10-0 versus In Class opponents and has a four-tournament winning streak. We’ll keep an eye out on their spring season schedule for when they take the diamond again.
- Ocala Elite Baseball (pictured): The boys from Florida have been in and out of the top five rankings all season long. Last edition they didn’t crack the top five, but they jump to number two this month based on a championship at the Battle for the Rings Qualifier in January and a 2-1 showing at the President’s Day Classic Super NIT last weekend. Manager TJ Watts’ club will be back in action this weekend at the Lake City Winter Brawl. They’re scheduled to take on the GBSA Rays and Coastal Prospects 14U in pool play.
- Allstars: The Allstars slide down one spot after two third place finishes since the last rankings report. The boys from Hialeah were 1-1 at the USSSA Winter Classic and followed that up with a 3-1 showing at the Cobras Heart Breaker Qualifier two weekends ago. They lost 5-1 to a tough LHB squad in bracket play. Yunet Caballero’s team still sports an excellent 27-6-1 record and is battle-tested in time for the challenging spring season.
- Elite Squad Outlaws: The Outlaws improved its rankings by one spot since last month with a 3-1 showing at the Weston Travell Ball Winter Warm Up a couple weeks ago. Their most impressive victory came against MVP Elite by the final of 3-1. The Outlaws would be bounced by the Florida Hurricanes-Platinum 5-3 in the elimination round, but it was a solid season debut. The Outlaws, from Miami Lakes, are 12-3-1 overall and will be ramping up tournament competition in the coming weeks.
- 14U Wilson Sandlot: The lone team from Arizona in the top five, Wilson Sandlot is 6-0 this season by virtue of its title at the Winter Nationals NIT to close out the calendar year. The club from Chandler is defeated some top teams along the way such as AZ Nationals Red and All9Baseball which proves their quality. They should be toeing the rubber soon with room to move up this list.
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