2024 13U National Team Championships Opens on Sunday With Plenty of Offensive Fireworks 

Read up on all the action from a high-flying opening slate of games at 13U Champs in Cary.

East Coast Sox 1, ZT National Prospects 11

ZT National Prospects opened the tournament with a statement of intent on Sunday, dominating East Coast Sox in an 11-1 win. ZT Pitchers Noah Jarolimek (3.0 IP) and Nathan Handley-White (1.0 IP) combined for the third ever no-hitter in 13U Champs history, and the second combined effort. After conceding the opening run, ZT National scored all 11 the rest of the way, including breaking the game open in the third inning. Up 2-1, a two-RBI double from Tre Lawrence and an RBI single from Brody Taylor pushed the squad out to a 5-1 lead. Back-to-back RBI groundouts handed ZT Nationals a 7-1 advantage before the end of the inning. The team’s offensive momentum carried into the fourth and final inning, as ZT hitters scored on a single, a triple, a walk, and a double to end the game.

Elite RBI National 5, Braves 13U Gold 4

Elite RBI Nation withstood a late three-run rally from Braves 13U Gold, clinching a 5-4 win on Sunday thanks to a big third inning. Both teams traded early runs, locked in a 1-1 deadlock going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Elite RBI National’s offense placed three straight batters on the basepaths, with Peyton Lopez slashing a triple into center followed by a walk and a called catcher’s interference. Lopez scored on a wild pitch to break the tie, before Jordan Owens delivered a two-RBI double into center to hand Elite RBI National a 4-1 lead. A two-run answer from the Braves in the fifth inning courtesy of a single and fielder’s choice immediately cut into the lead, though a groundout restored Elite’s lead to 5-3. The sixth and final inning was a nervy one for the leaders, as the Braves fought back with two outs to load the bases. A walk cut the lead to one with the bases still loaded, putting immense pressure on new Elite RBI reliever CJ Meyers. Meyers delivered, forcing a groundout and completing the win.

Dirtbags National 9, Legacy Black 4

Dirtbags National jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Legacy Black could answer in a Sunday morning matchup, eventually earning a 9-4 win. The Dirtbags offense was disciplined to a tee in the fifth inning after entering with a 2-0 lead, plating five runs in quick succession. After Jordan Creech-Jones was hit by a pitch, four straight walks pushed the Dirtbags ahead 4-0. Another three straight walks saw the Dirtbags take a 7-0 lead before the end of the inning. Legacy Black scored four to answer in the bottom of the fifth inning, led by a three-RBI triple from Chris Lopez, but it was too little, too late as Dirtbags National held firm to the lead.

Team Elite National 5, RJBA 13U WADE 1

Team Elite National left it late against RJBA 13U WADE, scoring all of five of its runs in the fifth inning of a 5-1 win. With two outs and two runners on, Grady Kash delivered a single into left to score Team Elite’s first run of the game. A defensive error gave Team Elite an opening soon after that both Brayden Greene and Knox Keesee exploited to put their team ahead 3-1, followed by another single from Chase Link and a second error to make it 5-1. On the mound for the victors, Greene hurled 6.0 solid innings as he allowed just one hit and an earned run during his shift.

ZT National Prospects 8, Team Elite National 0

ZT National Prospects cruised to a 2-0 record with an 8-0 win over Team Elite National, plating three runs in the first inning and never looking back. ZT National drew four walks, two hit-by-pitches, and got a single from Tre Lawrence to take a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. Adding a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, ZT National scored its final three runs in the sixth inning thanks to two-RBI triple off the bat of Noah Jarolimek and a tag-up from Jarolimek on a line out. On the mound for ZT National, the trio of Henry Keunstler, Josiah Park, and Ivan Ortiz combined to retire five batters while allowing four total hits in the win.

Dirtbags National 11, Braves 13U Gold 2

Dirtbags National exploded out of the gates against Braves 13U Gold with eight runs in the first inning on the way to an 11-2 win, moving to 2-0. Doubles from both JonLuke Harper and Austin Tack, a triple from Layne Jackson, and three singles powered the Dirtbags’ turbocharged start. They added two more runs in the third inning via a bases loaded walk and sac fly to maintain the eight run lead after the Braves had scored a pair of runs in the same frame. Harper led the effort with a pair of hits and three RBIs, while Jackson matched him at the plate with two hits of his own and 2.0 shutout innings on the mound.

East Coast Sox 3, RJBA 13U WADE 0

East Coast Sox waited until the sixth inning to break the deadlock against RJBA 13U WADE after five scoreless innings, pulling away for a 3-0 win. The Sox broke through to take a 2-0 lead in the sixth thanks to doubles from Reese Parker and Coston Mahan, plus a single off the bat of Bryant Whatley. Parked notched his second RBI of the game in the seventh inning, a single into right for East Coast’s third and final run of the game. Both starting pitchers put on a show, with Mahan going all seven innings for the Sox and RJBA starter Dylan Hicks going six innings. Mahan retired four batters during his shift and let up just three hits on the way to a shutout win, while Hicks fanned eight hitters in the losing effort.

Elite RBA National 10, Legacy Black 4

After going down 2-0 in the first inning, Elite RBA National scored six straight runs to race ahead before adding four late runs to complete a 10-4 victory over Legacy Black and move to 2-0 on the day. The victors got on the board first in the second inning, with a double from Rusty Nelson and a flyout from Trey James III that resulted in RBIs and a 3-0 lead. A walk, error, and single helped produce a 6-2 RBA National advantage in the third. Legacy Black looked to mount a comeback in the fourth inning, pulling to within 6-4 thanks to Neo Vazquez’s second RBI of the game on a triple and an RBI single from Aaron Quijano. RBA National answered with another four-run offensive outburst over the fifth and sixth innings thanks to three RBI singles and an RBI lineout, pulling away to close the game.

SBA Bolts National 4, Top Tier Select 2

SBA Bolts National scored all of its runs in the second inning of its 4-2 win over Top Tier Select, withstanding a late-inning comeback in the process. Three of the Bolts’ runs came on a series that saw Nathan Malone steal home and another two runs score on an error. An RBI single from Ivan Carballo capped off the run, putting his squad up 4-0. On the mound, the Bolts’ trio of Greyson Bell, Oliver Ingram, and Cy Collamore combined for 10 strikeouts over seven innings as they allowed just four hits. Collamore was electric over the final 2.1 innings with five punchouts and just one hit given up.

Banditos 4, Canes West 1

Scoring a run in each of the final four innings, Banditos earned a 4-1 win over Canes West on Sunday afternoon. Canes West struck first with an RBI double from Beau Baggenstoss in the third inning, only for the Banditos to answer with an RBI double of their own off the bat of Dylan Mercado. A chaotic double play allowed the Banditos to take the lead in the fourth, followed by a defensive error in the fifth inning and a sac fly in the sixth. Five pitchers saw action on the mound for Banditos, tallying nine strikeouts and surrendering just four hits.

Sports Academy Cali National 7, SBA National Select-Blanco 6

Alex Scott scored the final run courtesy of a walk-off error as Sports Academy Cali National earned a thrilling 7-6 win over SBA National Select-Blanco. SBA National jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings, courtesy of two RBI singles to start and followed by a bases-loaded walk. A defensive error allowed two more runs to score in the third inning. Cali National answered in the fourth inning, led by a two-RBI triple from Pierce Buckey and a sac fly on the following play to cut the lead to 6-3. A bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning cut the lead to 6-4, setting the stage for a dramatic final inning. With Cali National runners on first and second, Scott drove a two-RBI single into left that tied the game at six before capping off the win by reaching home on an error.

Stacked National 11, Sout Panthers Marucci 1

Stacked National rang up 11 runs in three innings as they rolled to an 11-1 win over SC Panthers Marucci in a four-inning game. In the second inning, Stacked National got an RBI single from Dylan Tucci, a bases-loaded walk, a fielder’s choice, and a run on a double-play to go up 5-0. Adding a sixth score on an RBI triple from Aiden Amat in the third inning, Stacked National proceeded to score five runs again in the fourth inning off a single, triple, and groundout. On the mound for the victors, Blake Barberena, Nate Beucler, and Delos Reyes combined for four strikeouts and just three hits allowed.