There are three teams appearing in this month’s top-5 national USSSA Points Rankings in the 14-Major division that did not make their way in last update: LBC Central Madrid, Louisiana Lugnuts Black and 5 Star National CF. We’ll take a closer look at each of those teams’ merits as well as the mainstays – Louisiana Tigers and 365 Shockers Black in this rankings report:
- Louisiana Tigers: The Tigers repeat at the top spot in these rankings and with good reason. While they haven’t played in USSSA ball since they won the Baseball State Championship on June 17, the Tigers’ resume speaks for itself. They have two additional Super NIT titles in 2018 and carry a 23-8-3 In Class record. It would take a lot for another team to knock manager Leo McClure’s team off its perch.
- Lonestar Baseball Club (LBC) Central Madrid: The LBC Baseball Club (pictured above) jumped all the way to the No.2 spot after not being on this list last month. Their performance at the Elite World Series has a lot to do with why. Manager Shane LeBlanc’s team went 5-1-1 in Florida at the Elite WS to finish in third place. They outscored some of the toughest national competition 35-16 overall. Prior to that LBC finished as runners up in the USSSA South Zone State tournament, going 4-1. The boys from Texas are 32-13-1 overall.
- Louisiana Lugnuts Black: Another newcomer, the Lugnuts from Baton Rouge, have been extremely consistent in its 12 USSSA tournaments this year. They finished no worse than 5th place in any (most recently they finished in fifth at the Elite World Series going 3-3) to go with three championships. The Lugnuts are 31-16-1 overall this year and are trending in the right direction.
- 5 Star National CF: The first and only Florida-based squad to crack this month’s list, 5 Star National CF from Bradenton won the USSSA World Series Powered by Bownet in early July going 6-1 and outscoring teams 54-25. Prior to that they were 2-0 in a rain shortened Champions Cup Select30 Super NIT. As one can tell, 5 Star National can compete against the best. Manager Jonathan Zalud has guided his team to a very solid 45-27-3 overall record – with much of that action coming last fall and early spring. Keep an eye on these guys to get back into the swing in the coming weeks.
- 365 Shockers Black: The Shockers from California slide from the No.2 spot largely due to USSSA inactivity and other teams picking it up. Their last tournament appearance was so impressive they narrowly hang onto the fifth position. At the Star Spangled Slam the Shockers dominated teams 46-6 overall and went 4-0. They’ve won four of seven USSSA tournaments entered in 208 and have tremendous promise moving forward.
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