The Pacific Baseball Academy 13U Black team (pictured above) entered this past weekend’s Winter Classic Super NIT in California as a AA team in a 22-team Major classified field. There might not have been high hopes going in, but after what manager P.C. Shaw’s team did to the competition – was certainly eye opening for other youth programs. Shaw’s bunch went 4-0 to win its second USSSA tournament of the fall season, but did so while scoring 52 runs and only allowing four! Half of the teams they played were classified as 13-Major.
This division of the Classic in Santa Clarita, California attracted 22 total teams – about one-third of them carried Major tags into competition. Each team played a two-game pool play slate then was seeded based on record and average runs allowed. The top six were placed into a single elimination Gold championship bracket to determine a winner while the other 16 were divided into three other single elimination pools.
Pacific Baseball Academy Black began its schedule versus the Total Baseball Vipers whom they had little trouble. PBA demolished the Vipers 13-1 and followed that effort up with another mercy-rule shortened outcome over the Braves Baseball Academy, 11-1. The boys from West Hills, California certainly passed their first two tests of the Super NIT with flying colors. They earned the second overall seed behind the Naturals who had a slightly better average runs allowed figure (0.50 vs. 1.0). The four other teams to make the Gold bracket cutoff was VCBA, Pacific Baseball Academy Red, Aftermath and Pacific Baseball Academy 13 WLA. The top two teams however earned the all-important first round bye.
Pacific Baseball Academy Black took on a fellow team in its program in the semifinals after 13-WLA defeated VCBA in one semifinal, 5-4. The higher seeded squad had little trouble with the WLA team, beating them 8-0 and advancing to the championship.
In the other half of the bracket the top-seeded Naturals from Palmdale doubled up team Aftermath 10-5. In what looked like an evenly-matched title game on paper, Pacific Baseball Academy 13U Black had no mercy on the Naturals as they won 20-2 on Sunday.
This was PBA Black’s biggest tournament win of the season (their other win coming at the 2019 Thunder Qualifier in September) and boosted its overall record to 15-4-1 including 6-2 In Class. Across three levels of 13U competition (AA, AAA, Major) Pacific Baseball Academy is averaging at least 8 runs per game and not allowing more than 4.3 on average. This latest triumph might prompt Manager Shaw to consider re-classifying this group next season.
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