The Omaha Pacesetters 13U extended its win streak to 10 games after going 7-0 and winning the championship this past weekend at the CIS Line Drive Select30 Super NIT in Des Moines, Iowa. The Pacesetters have now won consecutive USSSA tournaments this month and boosted its In Class record to an outstanding 30-8-2.
This 13-Major division of the Select30 Super NIT attracted 25 total teams – one of the biggest fields we’ve seen this season. Squads traveled from all over to attend this Central Iowa Sports event, including from states like Colorado, Missouri and Kansas. For the first round, six separate pools of four teams were created to partake in round robin competition.
The eventual champs, the Omaha Pacesetters, landed in Pool B along with the Des Moines Cubs, Mac-N-Seitz Blacksox- Rice and the Omaha Tigers 13U Red. The Pacesetters dominated its first three opponents, outscoring them by a combined total of 25-2. What makes this feat even more impressive was that each team was 13-Major classified. The run through pool play started with a 6-2 triumph over Mac-N-Seitz where Conlin Grady and Drew Borner each threw three innings.
Manager Brady Borner’s team then followed that win up with a 15-0 run-rule shortened defeat of the Tigers. Both Easton Mains (3 IP) and Zack Zmudzinski combined for the shutout on the hill. The Pacesetters’ last pool game was another shutout, this time with just four runs across against the Cubs. Pacesetters pitcher Quincy Evans through a complete game, 7 inning, shutout!
After round robin play concluded, 16 of the 25 teams made the cut for the single-elimination bracket phase. The Pacesetters had to win four consecutive games in the same day to hoist the trophy and their day did not start out easy. They took on the Cedar Rapids Reds who were 1-2 in pool play, but pushed the Pacesetters and lost 9-8.
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In the quarterfinals, the Pacesetter notched its third shutout of the tournament, an 8-0 victory over the Kearney Titans Blue. Noah Findeis pitched five innings of excellent baseball. The semifinals featured the Pacesetters against the Mac-N-Seitz Blacksox and the Rawlings Prospects versus the Blue Springs Elks. The Pacesetters blew out the Blacksox 12-3 to advance to the finals and meet the Rawlings Prospects.
The Prospects had a 28-8 record heading into the finals, but couldn’t slow the momentum of the Pacesetters. The boys from Omaha outscored opponents by a combined 61-18 and now own an overall record of 38-8-2.
They’ll look to extend the 10-game winning streak starting June 18 at the Battle of Omaha Session 2 against Team Thunder, Pirates Baseball and MP Express Green.