YETI Baseball Club Crawdads 14U (pictured above), the No.1 team in the latest USSSA power rankings, won this past weekend’s DFW Fall Super NIT by going 5-0 overall and outscoring opponents 45 to 11. The Crawdads improved its overall record this fall season to 18-0 in USSSA play, 10-0 In Class. Manager Josh Sanders’ squad now has a four-tournament winning streak, including back to back Super NIT titles. There’s good reason why they sit atop the ultra-competitive 14-Major division.
The DFW Fall Super NIT was the key event in youth baseball over the weekend. It attracted close to 150 total teams across several important age groups, including 14, 13 and 12U Major. The 14-Major field consisted of 12 top-notch teams looking to stamp their fall campaign as a success. Teams all played two games in pool competition to determine seeding before heading into a single elimination bracket.
YETI Baseball Club got a cookie in its first pool game as they were matched up against the only AAA team in the field – DFW Express 14u Smith. The discrepancy of talent was evident as YETI won 17-2 in a mercy rule shortened game. Only Jacob Lemann took the ball for the winning side.
The following game for the Crawdads was a bit closer, but that’s not saying much. They defeated the Louisiana-based 643 Jays, 9-0. The stars of the contest was Dylan Schlotterback who started and pitched three innings before giving way to Anthony Simmons who threw two shutout frames. YETI Baseball Club earned the third overall seed based on record and average runs allowed. The two teams seeded above them, Dallas Mustangs- Menchaca and Premier OKC Athletics- Haddox, had surrendered zero and one runs respectively.
The Crawdads were able to avoid playing in a first round game – crucial to save pitcher’s arms as the second day of the tournament is always taxing. They would take on Driven Elite-Shadow Squad in the second round as Driven advanced 4-3 from their initial elimination game. This quarterfinal matchup turned out to be much closer than some may have predicted. The Crawdads escaped victorious 5-4, but needed to use three key arms to survive elimination: Patrick Colloby (3 IP), Brandon Vasquez and Jacob Lemann.
In the semifinals versus one of the previously unbeaten teams, Premier OKC Athletics 14U, YETI Baseball Club flexed its muscles. They would win convincingly 9-1 over the No.2 seeds thanks in large part to a stellar outing on the mound from starter Holden Yaksick.
In the championship game, two 4-0 teams squared off for early-season supremacy. The Dallas Tigers East- Perez won their three bracket games 12-1, 2-1 and 3-2. They would take part in yet another one-run game but fall short to the Crawdads from Austin, Texas. Brandon Vasquez and Holden Yaksick were the only two pitchers needed to secure a victory and extend their winning streak.
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