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Easton Top Notch, Dykstra Baseball MLT Advance to the 11U Futures Series Irvine Championship Game

May 5, 2019

IRVINE, Calif. - Easton Top Notch 2, Top Tier Gamers 0
The first 11U semifinal of the 2019 Futures Series in Irvine, California, was a defensive battle as Easton Top Notch clinched its spot in Sunday's championship game with a 2-0 win over Top Tier Gamers.

Easton Top Notch took an early, 1-0, lead after capitalizing on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the second inning. Starting pitcher was stout for both teams as Gary Morse III (1-0) allowed just one hit and struck out four batters in his six innings of work, while Top Tier Gamers' starting pitcher Noah Rodriguez (0-1) punched out three batters and allowed just the one earned run in the second

In the top of the sixth inning, Easton Top Notch took advantage of an error by Top Tier Gamers to take a 2-0 edge into the final inning. With just three outs and a berth in the championship game on the line, David Carlsson stepped on the mound in relief for Easton Top Notch, where he retired the batters in order to earn his first save of the tournament.

Marcus Greis (1-for-3) and Branden Carrillo (1-for-3) led Easton Top Notch at the plate after recording a hit and a run apiece.

With the win, Easton Top Notch advances to the gold medal game and will play Dykstra Baseball MLT for the Futures Series-Irvine title on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. PT on the Orange County Great Park Stadium Field in Irvine, Calif.

Dykstra Baseball MLT 7, LV Rebels 2
The bats were hot in the second semifinal of the 11U Futures Series in Irvine, California, as Dykstra Baseball MLT scored runs in five of the seven innings of play as it powered past LV Rebels, 7-2, to secure its spot in the championship game.

Dykstra wasted no time getting on the board, as they scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish. In the second, Jake Brande (3-for-4) hit a line drive to center field to stretch the lead to two before Dykstra added two more runs in the top of the third inning on a two-RBI single to shallow center field.

The LV Rebels got on the board in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1, before Dykstra plated two more runs on a pair of singles in the fifth inning. The Rebels scored their second and final run of the game on an RBI-single by Noah Salts (1-for-2) in the home half of the fifth. Dykstra recorded its final run in the seventh inning on a double by Estevan Rodriguez (3-for-4).

The trio of Brande, Rodriguez and Chase Hilt (3-for-4) each recorded three hits to lead Dykstra was at the plate. Brande also scored three runs in the game, while Rodriguez tallied two RBI's to pace the team. Troy Southsiene (1-for-3) led the Rebels on offense with one hit and an RBI.

Dykstra's starting pitcher Vladimir Zamora (1-0) earned the win after hurling 6.2 solid innings,

allowing just one run. Rookie Shepard (0-1) suffered the loss for the Rebels after allowing 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings.

Dykstra Baseball MLT secured their spot in the championship game and advance to play Easton Top Notch for the 11U title on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. PT on the Orange County Great Park Stadium Field in Irvine, Calif.

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The Futures

Easton Top Notch Claims Inaugural 11U Future Series Championship

May 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Easton Top Notch 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 9 1
Dykstra Baseball MLT 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 13 1
Win: Ourique Loss: Horner Save: None

IRVINE, Calif. - Easton Top Notch used an early lead and solid defense throughout the contest to claim the first-ever 11U championship at the Future Series with a 6-4 win over Dykstra Baseball MLT, on Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Easton Top Notch led from start to finish after scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Alec Fontyn (2-for-4) began scoring when he singled on a bunt to bring home the game's opening run before Marcus Greis (0-for-1) scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Ourique (1-for-2) two batters later. Two pitches later, Brenden Carrillo (1-for-3) drove an 0-2 pitch to left field for a two-RBI single to give Easton Top Notch a 4-0 advantage.

Cylis Proffitt (1-for-3) opened scoring for Dykstra Baseball MLT in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI-double down the left field line to bring home Jesse Colon (1-for-2). With its lead cut to three, Easton Top Notch struck back in the fifth inning with an RBI-single by Orique. David Carlsson (2-for-3) extended the lead to 6-1 in the top of the sixth with an RBI-triple that rolled to the fence in left field.

Down to its final two outs and the championship on the line, Dykstra fought back to load the bases. Angel Cerventes (2-for-4) then ripped a 0-1 pitch to left field to clear the bases with a three-RBI double to cut the lead to 6-4. The comeback attempt fell just short as the next two batters were retired in order.

Fontyn and Carlsson led Easton Top Notch at the plate with two hits apiece, while Ourique and Carrillo recorded two RBIs each. Chase Hilt had three hits in the game to lead Dykstra Baseball MLT at the plate, as Cervantes' three RBIs were the best on the team. Four different players scored each of Dykstra's runs.

Ourique (1-0) also shined on the mound, earning the win after allowing just one run in six innings and striking out six. Spencer Horner (1-1) suffered his first loss of the tournament after allowing four runs in three innings on the mound.

Easton Top Notch finished the tournament with 6-1 overall record, while Dykstra Baseball wrapped up the event with a 5-2 record.

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The Futures

Scottsdale Dirtbags Win First Futures Series Championship

Five players record multi-hit games to lead the team to a gold medal
May 5, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Scottsdale Dirtbags 2 0 2 4 0 0 1 9 18 1
ASAP Prospects 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 5 8 0
Win: E. Miranda Loss: D. Arambula Save: None

IRVINE, Calif. - Behind a strong offensive showing in the first Futures Series gold medal game that saw five players record multi-hit games, the Scottsdale Dirtbags claimed the event's first-ever championship with a 9-5 defeat of ASAP Prospects on Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

The Dirtbags jumped on the board early and never looked back, scoring runs in all but three innings throughout the game. They pushed two runs across in the top half of both the first and third innings to quickly grab a commanding 4-0 lead.

A two-RBI line drive single brought in the first two runs of the game before a leadoff single by Derek Curiel (3-for-3) got things going again in the top of the third. Evan Miranda (1-for-3) and Blake Jacobs (1-for-3) then followed with base knocks of their own to make it 3-0 and put runners on the corners for Jonathan Shank (2-for-4). On the first pitch he saw, Shank launched a deep fly ball to center that plated another run and brought the Dirtbags' lead to 4-0.

The offense didn't stop there. In the very next inning, they did it again, bringing three more runs home with two singles, a double and a sac fly for an 8-0 lead.

ASAP Prospects finally found an answer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to six. A leadoff hit-by-pitch put Kai Caranto (2-for-4) on first, swinging momentum in ASAP Prospects favor and they took advantage. Caranto stole second and Bryce Rainer (1-for-3) launched a line drive single to bring him home, getting ASAP Prospects on the board for the first time in the game. Danny Arambula (2-for-2) followed with an RBI double to make the score 8-2.

After holding the Dirtbags scoreless in the top of the fifth, ASAP Prospects added another two runs in the bottom half to get within three. But the Dirtbags offense had an answer, plating a run in the seventh innings to secure the 9-5 victory and the inaugural 13U Futures Series title.

Curiel, Joseph Martinez, Shank, Van Ausdall and Kaden Coutts all tallied multiple hits to help pace the Dirtbags en route to the gold medal. Curiel led the team with three runs scored, while Miranda and Coutts each recorded two, and Shank and Martinez collected two RBIs apiece. Miranda also led the Dirtbags on the mound, tossing a complete game while giving up eight hits and five runs.

Caranto, who had with two hits, two RBI and a run scored, and Ian Duarte, who finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, led the ASAP Prospects offense in the game. Arambula suffered the loss on the mound after surrendering four runs on eight hits in his three innings of work.

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The Futures

ASAP Prospects and Scottsdale Dirtbags Advance to Inaugural 13U Futures Series Championship Game

May 5, 2019

IRVINE, Calif. - ASAP Prospects 4, Club All Star 3
Defense ruled in the first 13U semifinal of the day at the 2019 Futures Series in Irvine, California, as ASAP Prospects clinched its spot in Sunday's championship game with a 4-3 walkoff victory over Club All Star.

Thanks to strong starts on the mound for both teams, neither offense was able to break through until the third inning when both got on the board to tie it up at 1-1. That score held until the bottom of the sixth when ASAP dealt a three-run blow to take a 3-1 lead into the final inning.

Down to its last out, Club All Star put together a rally that loaded the bases for Samuel Kahler who knocked a singled through the left side to tie the game once again and force a bottom of the seventh. ASAP Prospects recovered quickly though as they used two walks and a single to load the bases themselves before Bryce Rainer (2-for-4) came up clutch with a walkoff single to give the team a 4-3 win.

Rainer starred on both sides of the ball for ASAP Prospects in the game. As the starting pitcher, he gave up just one run on one hit in five innings of work while collecting two hits, an RBI and a run scored from the plate. Club All Star's Michael Quedens got the start on the bump and also put together a stellar performance, allowing just three hits and no earned runs through five innings.

ASAP Prospects advances to the gold medal game with the win and will play Scottsdale Dirtbags for the Futures Series-Irvine title on Sunday, May 5, at 11 a.m. PT on the Orange County Great Park Stadium Field in Irvine, Calif.

Scottsdale Dirtbags 15, Dukes Baseball 6
The second semifinal of the 13U Futures Series in Irvine, California, was dominated by offense as Scottsdale Dirtbags cruised to a 15-6 victory over Dukes Baseball that secured its spot in the championship game.

Together, the two teams put runs on the board in every inning except one, including scoring runs in every half inning until the fourth. The Dirtbags broke through first with a run in the top of the first but Dukes Baseball answered with two runs in the bottom half to take a 2-1 advantage. The lead changed hands two more times the next inning before Scottsdale Dirtbags used a three-run third to claim a 6-4 lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

Behind strong offensive performances from Blake Jacobs (4-for-4), Jonathan Shank (3-for-5), Evan Miranda (2-for-5) and Lathan Van Ausdall (2-for-4), Scottsdale Dirtbags piled on four runs in the fifth and five in the seventh to guarantee their victory. Van Ausdall and Shank both recorded two RBI while racking up three and two runs scored, respectively.

Three Dirtbags pitchers also combined to allow just one hit and starter Aiden Rodriguez did not give up an earned run in his three innings of work.

With the win, the Scottsdale Dirtbags clinched their spot in the championship game and will play ASAP Prospects for the 13U title on Sunday, May 5, at 11 a.m. PT on the Orange County Great Park Stadium Field in Irvine, Calif.

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Futures

Canes Baseball Secures 2018 10U Futures Gold

July 1, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Canes Baseball closed out the 2018 10U Futures Invitational with a close 3-2 victory over Victory Braves to secure the gold medal on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The first run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning as the Victory Braves strung together two singles to take an early 1-0 advantage.

It didn't take long for the Canes to answer though as the team tied things up in the top of the third after consecutive singles and an error plated one. In the very next inning, A Gannon Jones single brought another run in to give the Canes a 2-1 lead.

The Canes added to their lead in the fifth, scoring a run for the third consecutive inning, courtesy of a E Gilchrist two-out RBI single for a 3-1 advantage.

The Victory Braves got a rally going and cut that lead to one in the bottom half with their own RBI double. But the Canes closed things out in the sixth to claim the 3-2 victory and the gold medal.

Ethan Gilchrist, Miguel Delgado and Jones led the Canes offense with two hits apiece, while Gilchrist and Jones collected the team's two RBI.

Colton Haire got the start for the squad and gave up just two runs and three hits in five innings. Haire was also strong from the plate, going 1-for-2 with two walks.

For the Victory Braves, Diego Velasquez went 3.2 innings on the mound, striking out three and allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Tyler Young, Julian Weiss and Justin Maher got hits in the loss.

With the win, Canes Baseball finished the tournament undefeated en route to its gold medal and 2018 10U Futures Invitational title.

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11U/12U Futures

ATP National Claims 2018 10U Futures Invitational Bronze

July 1, 2018

CARY, N.C. - The 2018 10U Futures Invitational third place game matched up ATP National and Wilson Sandlot on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. ATP National came out on top in the contest, 9-4, to claim the bronze medal.

ATP came out swinging early and often, scoring multiple runs in each of the first four innings to take firm control from the start. A two-run inside-the-park home run got the team on the board first in the contest, giving the squad a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

It then added two more courtesy of a passed ball and a wild pitch in the next inning to take a strong 4-0 advantage into the third.

Wilson Sandlot broke through in the very next frame, cutting the deficit to just one with one swing. With two outs, S Juvera Jr. reached on a dropped third strike and M Lopez walked to bring up Jet Berry, who ripped a ball to left field for an inside-the-park home run to make it a 4-3 game.

ATP had an answer of its own in the bottom half of the next two innings though. Two consecutive RBI groundouts brought in two runs in the third and three more runs came around to score in the bottom of the fourth, giving ATP National a dominant 9-3 lead heading to the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Sandlot added one more to get within five but that was all they would get before ATP shut it down to claim the victory and the bronze medal.

Joseph Rodriguez started on the bump for ATP National and struck out nine in just four innings while allowing just one hit and no earned runs.

Branden Carrillo, who finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, and James Clark, who collected three hits and two runs scored, led ATP's offense.

Berry set the tone for Wilson Sandlot on the other side, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and all four of the team's RBI.

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11U/12U Futures

Canes Baseball Gets Close Win to Secure Championship Game Spot

June 30, 2018

CARY, N.C. - The second semifinal of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational was a back and forth contest between Canes Baseball and ATP National with Canes coming out on top, 4-2, on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. With the win, Canes Baseball advanced to Sunday's gold medal game.

Canes Baseball got on the board first in the game when they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first courtesy of an ATP National error. But ATP had a quick answer in the bottom half of the frame.

A leadoff walk came around to score and tie things up for ATP after a double and a groundout. The team then took the lead with a RBI single from B Morrison.

Neither team would get anything going until the end of the game, when the Canes came roaring back in the fifth. A single through the right side from Colton Haire tied the game at two before Miguel Delgado roped a double to plate two more and give the Canes a 4-2 lead.

ATP National looked to walk it off with a rally in the bottom of the sixth when the team got two runners on after a hit-by-pitch and a single. But a double play ended the threat and secured the victory for Canes.

David Lee came in in relief for the Canes to shut down ATP, allowing just one hit through four stellar innings of work. Delgado finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored for Canes Baseball in the victory, while Marcus Greis and Branden Carrillo both recorded multi-hit games for ATP National.

Canes Baseball will now play the Victory Braves at 11 a.m. ET in the 10U Futures Invitational gold medal game on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park Field 7. ATP National will match up against Wilson Sandlot in the event's third place game at 8:15 a.m. ET on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park.

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11U/12U Futures

Victory Braves Punch Ticket to Gold Medal Game

June 30, 2018

CARY, N.C. - In the first semifinal of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational, the Victory Braves shut out Wilson Sandlot 7-0 to secure a spot in Sunday's championship game at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The Braves squad got off to a fast start in the contest, jumping out to a 3-run lead in the bottom of the first and never looking back.

Tyler Young scored the game's first run on an error before a Jayden Liu RBI groundout and a base knock from Diego Velasquez brought two more across for the 3-0 advantage.

That score would hold until the bottom of the third when the Victory Braves piled on three more runs to double their lead.

Back-to-back singles got the inning started and put two on with no outs for Velasquez. The shortstop smoked a ball to deep right field for a 2-RBI triple and Lincoln Hamm added one more with a RBI groundout to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.

The team added one more in the bottom of the fourth for the final score of 7-0. Daniel Reyes got the start on the bump for the Victory Braves and turned in a stellar complete game shutout performance, giving up just three hits.

In the victory, Tyler Young and Velasquez led the Victory Braves offense. Young finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Velasquez collected two hits, three RBI and a run scored.

Wilson Sandlot starter, Modesto Lopez, also went the distance on the mound and Maddux Barreras, Jose Bingochea and Jaden Engels all tallied hits in the loss.

The Victory Braves will match up against the winner of Saturday's second semifinal game between Canes Baseball and ATP National in the 10U Futures Invitational gold medal game. First pitch will be at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park Field 7. Wilson Sandlot will play at 8:15 a.m. against the loser of the second semifinal matchup.

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11U/12U Futures

Victory Braves Claim Win and Semifinals Spot

June 29, 2018

CARY, N.C. - On the second day of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational, Team Miami and Victory Braves went head-to-head in Friday's Game of the Day. The Victory Braves came away with the 2-0 victory in the contest to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

The Victory Braves jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back.

Back-to-back one-out singles put two runners on for Victor Cardona who came through with a RBI double to give the Victory Braves a 1-0 lead. That score would stand until the bottom of the fourth when the team added an insurance run.

Three singles started the inning for the Victory Braves to load the bases before Cardona came up clutch for a second time. He reached on a fielder's choice to the shortstop that allowed one run to cross for a 2-0 Victory Braves lead.

Down to its final three outs in the bottom of the sixth, Team Miami started a rally with a leadoff single and a walk to bring the go-ahead run to the plate with one out. The Victory Braves were able to hold on though, getting a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat and the game.

Lincoln Hamm went five scoreless innings in his start for the Victory Braves, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out five. On the offensive side, Diego Velasquez was also strong, finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored.

For Team Miami, Jonathan Matos, Alexander Cruz and Francis Garcia all collected hits.

The 2018 10U Futures Invitational continues on Saturday with semifinal and consolation game action. With the win, the Victory Braves claimed a spot in the semis and will play Wilson Sandlot at 10:15 a.m. ET on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Field 7. Team Miami will matchup against the Jupiter Hammerheads on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Thomas Brooks Field 6.

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11U/12U Futures

San Diego Show Toss Combined Shutout, Win 2-0

They beat Kangaroo Court 2-0 after a gem by Taytum Reeves
June 28, 2018

Cary, N.C. - San Diego Show were on the winning side of a pitcherss duel. They prevailed over Kangaroo Court by a score of 2-0 on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. 

Offense was at a premium in the second highlight game of the day. The only runs of the game came in the bottom of the first inning, when Ryan Garcia of San Diego Show hit a two-run inside-the-park home run. Pitching would take over from there and the game would move at a brisk pace before finishing with the same 2-0 score. 

Starting pitcher Taytum Reeves was in top form as he turned in one of the best performances of the day on the mound. Reeves threw four scoreless frames, surrendering three hits, two walks, and striking out one. He was relieved by Tanner Scott, who also had an impressive pitching performance. Scott tossed two innings of one hit ball, allowing just one hit. He allowed no runners to come around to score. 

San Diego Show and Kangaroo Court will play one game each tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively.

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