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Tournaments : : Story
Summer Tournament Wrap
Matt Rodriguez        
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014


EMERSON, Ga. – The always-exciting Perfect Game summer tournament circuit came to a close last week, but left everyone with plenty of memories. Some organizations will get to boast about very successful summer tournament showings, while many players made a name for themselves in front of some of the most heavily scouted amateur baseball events in the world.

The memorable summer tournament circuit started off with a pair of thrilling WWBA East Memorial Day Championship matchups between two of the most reputable organizations in travel baseball. The Florida Burn met Elite Squad baseball in both championship matchups. It was Florida Burn 2016 Pennant that took home the 16u title, defeating Elite Squad 16u Prime. Weather got the best of the Elite Squad 17u Prime and Florida Burn 2015 Pennant matchup and that game was called with the two named co-champions.

The Memorial Day weekend tournament set the tone for the Elite Squad organization, which finished third or better in eight events this summer. The 17u Prime club finished second in the WWBA 17u National Championship, while the 16u Prime club got their title at the 16u BCS Finals. Elite Squad 15u Slugger took home the 15u Florida State Championship title, Elite Squad 17u Slugger finished second in the 17u Florida State Championship, Elite Squad Baseball took home second place in the 16u Perfect Game World Series, while Elite Squad 14u finished third in the 15u Florida State Championship. In all, the Elite Squad organization showed a lot of promise at their 14u-17u age groups.

The 16u Florida Burn team enjoyed continued success well past their Memorial Day title, finishing third in the 16u Perfect Game World Series and the 16u BCS Finals. The program finished with four Top 3 spots this summer, all in Fort Myers, Fla.-based tournaments.

East Cobb continued to add to their already-rich organization history, with an incredible 11 finishes in the Top 3 in tournaments, the most of any organization. It was the old kids who enjoyed the organization’s summer spotlight. The East Cobb Astros 18u team won the Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, finished second in the 17u/18u PG/Evoshield Classic, and third in the 18u BCS Finals. The organization did well at nearly every age level, as well. The East Cobb Astros finished third in the 13u BCS Finals, the 14u Astros took home second place in the 14u BCS Finals, the 16u Astros finished second in the 17u BCS Finals, the Astros TECB got third in the 16u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, and the East Cobb Braves 16 also settled for third place in the 16u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational. The East Cobb Bulldogs 17u hoisted the 17u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational trophy, while the East Cobb Twins finished third in the WWBA 17u National Championship Qualifier, and East Cobb Baseball also finished third in the WWBA 17u National Championship.

The Team Elite organization made their presence felt on the summer circuit with eight Top 3 tournament finishes. It was the Team Elite Roadrunners who represented the strongest, winning the 16u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational and finishing second in the WWBA 16u National Championship. Team Elite South finished third in the 14u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, Team Elite Prime took second in the 15u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, the 16u Team Elite Prime finished runner-up in the 16u BCS Finals, the 17u Prime club took home a third place finish in the 17u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, and the 18u finished second in the 18u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational and third in the WWBA 18u National Championship.

A year after the Orlando Scorpions organization enjoyed unparalleled tournament success, they returned to similar form in the 2014 circuit and took home seven Top 3 tournament finishes. Most of the success belonged to the new Scorpions Panhandle. The Scorpions Panhandle 2015 team brought home third place trophies from the WWBA 17u National Championship Qualifier and the 17u Florida State Championship. The 2017 Panhandle club finished second in the 15u BCS Finals, while the Scorpions Prime 2017 took third in the very same tournament. The Scorpions South Underclass captured the organization’s only title of the summer, winning the 16u Florida State Championship. The Scorpions 2016 Prime finished third in the WWBA 16u National Championship, while Scorpions Orlando 2015 Purple also took third, in the 17u BCS Finals.

Just a year ago, a pair of 16u Evoshield Canes teams met in the WWBA 16u National Championship. The same thing almost happened once again this year at the 17u age level, with most of the same players from the two clubs. The Evoshield Canes South 17u fell to the Evoshield Canes 17u team in the semifinals of the WWBA 17u National Championship, taking a respectable third place. The 17u Canes team went on to win that tournament and finish second in the highly competitive 17u Perfect Game World Series. The Evoshield Canes finished third in the 15u and 16u Perfect Game World Series tournament, giving the organization five Top 3 tournament finishes.

You could make a strong argument for the 6-4-3 DP Tigers 14u as having the most successful summer in Perfect Game tournaments as a team. They won the 15u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, finished second in the WWBA 14u National Championship, and finished third in the 14u/15u PG/Evoshield Classic. The 6-4-3 DP Cougars Montgomery ended up winning the 14u/15u PG/Evoshield Classic and the 6-4-3 DP Jaguars took third place in the 14u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational.

A lot of people were saying watch out for the Upstate Mavericks, who enjoyed a successful 2014 summer, particularly at the 14u age level. They took home the WWBA 14u National Championship title and finished second in the 14u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational. A lot of their success can be traced back to Jamison Patterson, who took home the tournament MVP in both events, a rare feat. The 17u team finished second in the 17u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational and the 16u team took third in the WWBA 16u East Memorial Day Classic.

The Home Plate Chilidogs organization placed in the Top 3 in four Perfect Game tournaments this summer, with strong support from HP Maldonado in the 17u age group. HP Maldonado took first place in the WWBA 17u National Championship Qualifier and the 17u/18u PG/Evoshield Classic. Home Plate Vandy took runner-up in the 12u BCS Finals, while Home Plate Dyal finished third in the WWBA 14u National Championship.

Arguably the most successful team of the summer, the Georgia Jackets 15u, finished the summer with not one, not two, but three tournament titles. They won the 15u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, the WWBA 15u National Championship, and the 15u BCS Finals. A lot of it due to exceptional pitching from Weston Bizzle, who was named the Most Valuable Pitcher and the 15u BCS Finals and tossed a perfect game during another title run. Teammate Will Lumpkin also played a huge role in the team’s success, claiming a pair of tournament MVP awards.

The MBA Pride Elite enjoyed huge success at the 16u level this summer, despite being a 15u team. They won the WWBA 16u National Championship Qualifier, finished second in the 16u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational, and took third in the 16u BCS Finals.

The reputable Houston Banditos took home a few trophies of their own. The 17u age level won the 17u Perfect Game World Series, the 13u Banditos Black hoisted the 13u BCS Finals trophy, and the Houston Banditos Black finished third in the WWBA 16u National Championship.

At the 14u age level, the Miami Suns enjoyed much success in a pair of Fort Myers tournaments, winning the 14u Florida State Championship and coming in second in the 14u Perfect Game World Series. Pitcher Jordan Rodriguez took home the Most Valuable Pitcher award in back-to-back weeks to close out an exceptional summer.

Below, you can see the tournament results for all the Perfect Game tournaments dating back to the Memorial Day weekend tournaments.



16u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic
Champion Florida Burn 2016 Pennant
Runner-up Elite Squad 16u Prime
3rd Place South Florida Storm Blue
3rd Place Upstate Mavericks 16u
MVP Ben Rowden (Florida Burn 2016 Pennant)
MVPitcher Jesus Luzardo (Elite Squad 16u Prime)



18u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic
Co-Champion Elite Squad 17u Prime
Co-Champion Florida Burn 2015 Pennant
3rd Place FTB Chandler
3rd Place SWFL 17u Grey
MVP Elih Marrero (Elite Squad 17u Prime)
MVPitcher Dillon McCollough (Florida Burn 2015 Pennant)



18u WWBA West Memorial Day Classic
Champion AZ Athletics 18u
Runner-up All Star Baseball Academy 17u
MVP Jayden Eggiman (AZ Athletics 18u)
MVPitcher Brandon Browne (AZ Athletics 18u)



16u WWBA West Memorial Day Classic
Champion North Coast Reds
Runner-up War Eagle 16u
MVP Christian Encarnacion Strand (North Coast Reds)
MVPitcher Aaron Makil (War Eagle 16u)



14u WWBA West Memorial Day Classic
Champion Team Phenom
Runner-up Warriors Baseball Academy 2018
MVP Preston Hartsell (Team Phenom)
MVPitcher Diego Alarcon (Team Phenom)



16u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion Team Elite Roadrunners
Runner-up MBA Pride Elite
3rd Place Astros TECB
3rd Place East Cobb Braves 16
MVP Cobie Vance (Team Elite Roadrunners)
MVPitcher Jonathan Gettys (Team Elite Roadrunners)



17u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion East Cobb Bulldogs 17u
Runner-up Upstate Mavericks
3rd Place Prospects National Team
3rd Place Team Elite Prime
MVP Jackson Webb (East Cobb Bulldogs 17u)
MVPitcher Brando Ernest (East Cobb Bulldogs 17u)



18u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion East Cobb Astros 18
Runner-up Team Elite 18u
3rd Place North Alabama Vipers
3rd Place Sandlot
MVP Chase Illig (East Cobb Astros 18)
MVPitcher Max Wotell (East Cobb Astros 18)



13u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion MVP Elite Squad
Runner-up Kentucky Baseball Club-Blythe 1
3rd Place Hardknox Orioles
3rd Place S3 Hustlers
MVP Luis Tuero (MVP Elite Squad)
MVPitcher Yordani Carmona (MVP Elite Squad)



14u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion 6-4-3 DP Tigers 14u
Runner-up Upstate Mavericks
3rd Place 6-4-3 DP Jaguars
3rd Place Team Elite South
MVP Jamison Patterson (Upstate Mavericks)
MVPitcher Davis Sharpe (6-4-3 DP Tigers 14u)



15u Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational
Champion Georgia Jackets 15u
Runner-up Team Elite Prime
3rd Place Mizuno Team GA Baseball Academy 15u Blue
3rd Place Sandy Plains Wildcats 15u
MVP Will Lumpkin (Georgia Jackets 15u)
MVPitcher Austin Weiermiller (Georgia Jackets 15u)



WWBA 17u National Championship Qualifier
Champion HP Maldonado
Runner-up Cstixx
3rd Place East Cobb Twins
3rd Place Scorpions Panhandle-2015



WWBA 16u National Championship Qualifier
Champion MBA Pride Elite
Runner-up Mid South Gamers
3rd Place Fat Cat Thunder
3rd Place Knoxville Stars 16u



12u BCS Finals
Champion West Raleigh 12u
Runner-up Home Plate Vandy
3rd Place IBAHS Knights
3rd Place S3 Texas
MVP Garrett McCraw (West Raleigh 12u)
MVPitcher Clayton Weatherly (Home Plate Vandy)



13u BCS Finals
Champion Banditos Black
Runner-up Florida Stealth
3rd Place East Cobb Astros
3rd Place Weston Black Hawks
MVP Ryan Rivera (Florida Stealth)
MVPitcher Jacob DeLaCerda (Banditos Black)



WWBA 15u National Championship
Champion Georgia Jackets
Runner-up Tri-State Arsenal Showcase 1-Rizzo
3rd Place Academy Select Sun Devils-Ingram
3rd Place Elite Baseball Training-Kopacz
MVP Chaney Rogers (Georgia Jackets)
MVPitcher Jason Groome (Tri-State Arsenal Showcase 1-Rizzo)



16u BCS Finals
Champion Elite Squad Prime
Runner-up Team Elite Prime
3rd Place Florida Burn Pennant
3rd Place MBA Pride Elite
MVP Gregory Veliz (Elite Squad Prime)
MVPitcher Nick McDonald (Elite Squad Prime)



WWBA 18u National Championship
Champion Knights Baseball 18u National
Runner-up Georgia Roadrunners 17u
3rd Place Next Level Upperclass
3rd Place Team Elite Prime
MVP Kyle Wright (Knights Baseball 18u National)
MVPitcher Will Neely (Knights Baseball 18u National)



14u BCS Finals
Champion Connecticut Wolfpack 14u
Runner-up East Cobb Astros 14u
3rd Place Chain Stealth
3rd Place SBA Canes 14u Black
MVP Mike Torniero (Connecticut Wolfpack 14u)
MVPitcher Darius Pope (East Cobb Astros 14u)



15u BCS Finals
Champion Georgia Jackets 15u
Runner-up Scorpions Panhandle 2017
3rd Place Chet Lemon's Juice
3rd Place Scorpions Prime 2017
MVP Will Lumpkin (Georgia Jackets 15u)
MVPitcher Weston Bizzle (Georgia Jackets 15u)



WWBA 17u National Championship
Champion Evoshield Canes 17u
Runner-up Elite Squad 17u Prime
3rd Place East Cobb Baseball
3rd Place Evoshield Canes South 17u
MVP Desmond Lindsay (Evoshield Canes 17u)
MVPitcher Ashe Russell/Beau Burrows (Evoshield Canes 17u)



WWBA 16u National Championship
Champion BPA DeMarini Elite
Runner-up Team Elite Roadrunners
3rd Place Houston Banditos Black
3rd Place Scorpions 2016 Prime
MVP Hagen Danner (BPA DeMarini Elite)
MVPitcher Zach Wolf (BPA DeMarini Elite)
MVPitcher Mason Thompson (Houston Banditos Black)



17u BCS Finals
Champion Texas Sun Devils
Runner-up East Cobb Astros 16u
3rd Place Scorpions Orlando 2015 Purple
3rd Place SWFL 17u
MVP Reggie Pruitt (East Cobb Astros 16u)
MVPitcher Kale Breaux (Texas Sun Devils)



18u BCS Finals
Champion Midwest Elite Baseball
Runner-up Next Level Upperclass
3rd Place East Cobb Astros 18u
3rd Place Powermill 18u
MVP Randy Righter (Midwest Elite Baseball)
MVPitcher Karl Kauffmann (Midwest Elite Baseball)



WWBA 14u National Championship
Champion Upstate Mavericks
Runner-up 6-4-3 DP Tigers 14u
3rd Place Dulin Dodgers
3rd Place Home Plate Dyal
MVP Jamison Patterson (Upstate Mavericks)
MVPitcher Robert Bennett (6-4-3 DP Tigers 14u)



PG 13u Florida State Championship
Champion Iron Pigs
Runner-up Central Florida Wolverines
3rd Place Florida Stealth
3rd Place The Roaddogs
MVP Julian Rivera (Central Florida Wolverines)
MVPitcher Joshua Kinker (Iron Pigs)



PG 14u Florida State Championship
Champion Miami Suns 14u
Runner-up Florida Stealth
3rd Place Brevard Aces 14u
3rd Place SWFL Canes Elite
MVP Nicholas Wells (Florida Stealth)
MVPitcher Jordan Rodriguez (Miami Suns 14u)



PG 15u Florida State Championship
Champion Elite Squad 15u Slugger
Runner-up Gainesville Naturals 15u
3rd Place Elite Squad 14u
3rd Place SWFL 15u Grey
MVP Anthony Leary (Elite Squad 15u Slugger)
MVPitcher David Archacki (Elite Squad 15u Slugger)



PG 16u Florida State Championship
Champion Scorpions South Underclass
Runner-up Xtreme Baseball Navy
3rd Place FTB Max Bats
3rd Place FTB Sarasota
MVP Josh Jano (Scorpions South Underclass)
MVPitcher Matthew Doden (Xtreme Baseball Navy)



PG 17u Florida State Championship
Champion SWFL 17u Grey
Runner-up Elite Squad 17u Slugger
3rd Place North Florida Storm 17u Black
3rd Place Scorpions Panhandle 2015
MVP Jacob Silverstein (SWFL 17u Grey)
MVPitcher Michael Schappell (Elite Squad 17u Slugger)



17u Perfect Game World Series
Champion Houston Banditos
Runner-up Evoshield Canes
3rd Place Elite Squad Baseball
3rd Place NorCal Baseball
MVP Conner Capel (Houston Banditos)
MVPitcher Christopher Paddack (Houston Banditos)



14u/15u PG/Evoshield Classic
Champion 6-4-3 DP Cougars Montgomery
Runner-up Chain Dirtdawgs
3rd Place 6-4-3 DP Tigers
3rd Place Team ECB Select
MVP Skylar McPhee (6-4-3 DP Cougars Montgomery)
MVPitcher Drake Murray (6-4-3 DP Cougars Montgomery)



17u/18u PG/Evoshield Classic
Champion HP Maldonado
Runner-up East Cobb Astros 18
3rd Place GBSA Blue Rays
3rd Place Team Alabama
MVP Kel Johnson (East Cobb Astros 18)
MVPitcher Adam Goodman (HP Maldonado)



14u Perfect Game World Series
Champion Florida Pokers
Runner-up Miami Suns
3rd Place Central Florida Gators
3rd Place Chain Stealth
MVP Eddie Ayala (Florida Pokers)
MVPitcher Jordan Rodriguez (Miami Suns)



15u Perfect Game World Series
Champion Team California Warriors
Runner-up West Coast Mariners
3rd Place Chet Lemon's Juice
3rd Place Evoshield Canes
MVP Damien Rinehart (Team California Warriors)
MVPitcher Jack Melton (Team California Warriors)



16u Perfect Game World Series
Champion Dallas Patriots Stout
Runner-up Elite Squad Baseball
3rd Place Evoshield Canes
3rd Place Florida Burn
MVP Michael Neustifter (Dallas Patriots Stout)
MVPitcher Garret Rukes (Elite Squad Baseball)



9u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Midland Blackhawks
Runner-up Midland Aces



10u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Banditos
Runner-up Easton Elite



11u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Arkansas Express
Runner-up East Cobb Astros 11u



12u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion East Coast Bombers
Runner-up Home Plate Schmits



13u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion PSA Sox Red
Runner-up Dallas Tigers-Hernandez



14u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Tri-State Arsenal 14u Red
Runner-up ASBA-West Chester



15u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Tri-State Arsenal
Runner-up Houston Banditos



16u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion East Cobb Astros 16u
Runner-up FTB Chandler



17u PG Super25 National Championship
Champion Marucci Elite
Runner-up 9ers Prime



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