The Kangaroo Court Roos American 12U (pictured above) squad from Trinity, Florida, won this past weekend’s Lake City Super NIT for its fifth USSSA tournament title in the fall/winter season. Manager Jason Miller’s club is now 37-5 overall, including 15-4 In Class. In Lake City they went 3-0 in the single elimination bracket portion of the Super NIT and outscored foes 30-12.
The Lake City Super NIT fielded 90 total teams across 11 divisions. The 12-Major division was the largest of the bunch, attracting 14 total teams. The Kangaroo Court Roos American were given the second seed after one day of pool competition. The only team ahead of them was the Gulf Coast Monarchs from Fort Myers who entered the tournament with a 31-4 record.
Kangaroo Court received a first round bye, and wound up playing Sunday morning Gatorball 12U who had defeated Lake Nola Lightning 11-8. The boys from Trinity were tested, but prevailed 9-8. Pitchers Maximus Mayes (4.1 IP) and Colby Redding (.2 IP) led the Roos to victory and into a semi-final game versus Florida High Heat.
High Heat, from Venice, had already won two elimination games on Sunday. The first of which over Ponte Verda Thunder and the second, 9-6 against Ballers- Lakeland. They would however be overmatched against the red-hot Roos. Miller’s team cooled off the Heat by a final score of 10-2 as Jace Kohler and Teagan Davies combined for five outstanding innings on the mound.
In the title game the Roos were met by perhaps a surprising opponent – the SGSA Sharks. The Sharks, from Valdosta, Florida, were playing in its first USSSA tournament of the season and therefore did not have much of a scouting report. After cruising by 12U Elite Baseball Florida in the opening round, the upset the top-seeded Monarchs 9-1 and smashed the Tampa Hurricanes 17-6.
This championship game was the Sharks’ fourth game in the same day and they ultimately ran out of steam. The Kangaroo Court Roos easily downed the underdogs, 11-2 to hoist another trophy and become World Series Qualified.
This title was the Roos’ most significant of the season followed by last month’s triumph at the 6th Annual Ice Crystal Championship Global World Series Qualifier. They average close to 8 runs per game against in class opponents while surrendering only 4.5 in 19 games. This is a good indication of the Roos American quality – they have a bright spring and summer season ahead.
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