DURHAM, N.C. -- The fourth and final day of the USA Baseball 10U Futures Invitational kicked off at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C. with the bronze medal game between the Parkview Panthers and TBSA Patriots that resulted in a Parkview Panthers victory. The day ended with the gold medal game featuring the Alamo Drillers vs. the Top Tier Americans. In the end, the Top Tier Americans came out on top with a gold medal victory. The day also consisted of six consolation games. Next week, USA Baseball will hold the third annual 11U Futures Invitational from Thursday, June 29 to Sunday July, 2.
Gold Medal Game: Alamo Drillers (4-1-0), Top Tier Americans (5-0-0)
The 10U Futures Invitational concluded Sunday with a talented matchup between the Alamo Drillers (Texas) and Top Tier Americans (Calif.). Both teams were consistent throughout the duration of the tournament which made for an exciting final game between two undefeated teams. The Alamo Drillers couldn't fully come back from an early deficit though and the Top Tier American claimed the title by a final score of 9-4. Top Tier got started early, plating three runs in the first. Seth Hernandez had the game's first RBI with a single on a hard ground ball up the middle. Hernandez's teammate followed with two RBI from TJ Ford, scoring Linkin Garcia and Thomas Bly. The Drillers plated their first run on an RBI double from Caleb Segura in the second inning and, after another run from Top Tier, the Drillers managed to tie the game in the third with three more runs. Masa Chilcutt would get an RBI single and this inning and two more runs would score off of an error from Top TIer.
Top Tier would hold the Drillers scoreless for the remainder of the game to capture the first championship of the inaugural 10U Futures Invitational. The Top Tier Americans were led by Hernandez who went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and struck out five on the mound getting the win to help capture the gold medal.
Bronze Medal Game: Parkview Panthers (3-1-1), TBSA Patriots (2-2-1)
In the Bronze medal game, the Parkview Panthers (Ga.) and TBSA Patriots (Fla.) had a pitching duel early and a scoreless game going into the fourth inning when the bats came alive. The late offensive onslaught eventually resulted in a 10-2 victory for the Panthers. Starting the game on the mound for Parkview was Ford Thompson who threw three scoreless innings to begin the game. Ford Thompson finished with two strikeouts and no walks while capturing the win. Six players for the Panthers had multi-hit games including Mason Davis and Landon Brooks who both went 3-for-4 in the game. TBSA had a strong showing despite only scoring two runs. As a team they finished with 12 hits, only struck out three times and forced the Panthers to make plays in the field.
Game 33: Team Elite (2-1-1), ATP Baseball (2-3-0)
The first game of day four was a consolation matchup between Team Elite (Ga.) and ATP Baseball (Ariz.) which showcased tremendous pitching from Team Elite. Quindon Wright and Charlie Wilcox tossed a combined shutout for Team Elite, which cruised to a 7-0 victory. They plated runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth inning for a balanced day offensively led by Weston Bryan who went 2-for-3 with two RBI. ATP was led by Andrew Gonzalez, who finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate.
Game 35: STL Spikes (0-5-0), NJ Hurricanes (1-4-0)
The STL Spikes (Mo.) and NJ Hurricanes (N.J.) were matched up in their Sunday game. The Spikes got on the board first with a single up the middle from Mitch Weisenborn. The Hurricanes would go on to score two in the first and three in the third to keep the lead and finish on top by a score of 13-3. Miguel Benavides and Charlie Stumberger led the way offensively for the Hurricanes. Benavides went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Stumberger went 1-for-3 with three RBI. The Hurricanes finished with 15 hits.
Game 36: Traction Canes Black (2-3-0), CBA (1-4-0)
Traction Canes Black (La.) rolled to a 4 to 0 lead early in the first in a matchup with CBA and never looked back winning 10 to 5 in this one. CBA (Calif.) would fight back scoring a run in the first and two in the third but could never take the lead because of tough pitching from Kolby Hunter who went the distance in this one for the Canes. Hunter in six innings surrendered five runs, struck out two and only walked one getting the win for his team. At the plate the Canes saw good hitting from their leadoff hitter Joshua Lim who was a perfect 3-for-3 in this one with one RBI as well as Sawyer Pruitt who was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Game 37: Five Star Tigers (4-1-0), Florida Chargers (2-2-1)
The Five Star Tigers (Fla.) and Florida Chargers (Fla.) matchup ended early after a five run third inning put the Tigers ahead. The Five Star Tigers were dominant both offensively and defensively in their 11-0 victory. The winning pitcher, Dayson Griffis, struck out six in four innings for the Tigers. At the plate, the Tigers were led by Cody Boshell and Gabe Gonzalez who both went 2-for-2. JJ Jennings also contributed to the Tiger's 11 runs with 3 RBI.
Game 39: Louisville Sting (1-4-0), Rawlings Stars Nationals (3-2-0)
Excitement in the late innings of the Rawlings Stars Nationals (S.C.) and Louisville Sting (Ky.) game resulted in a Rawlings Stars win by a final score of 9-2. The Rawlings Stars came alive in the fourth, scoring six runs. The Sting had an early 2-0 lead, until an inside the park home run by Coy James knocked in three in to put the Rawlings Stars Nationals up. Coy James went 3-for-3 on the day with 6 RBI and was also the winning pitcher of the game, striking out eight in four innings.
Game 40: LA Xtreme (2-3-0), San Diego Show (3-2-0)
The final game of the 2017 10U Futures Invitational was the battle of southern California when the LA Xtreme (Calif.) and the San Diego Show (Calif.) faced off. Strong pitching from Peyton Rodgers and Levi Uslander helped secure the shutout and 4-0 victory. Offensively, the Show was led by Rodgers who went 2-for-2 and was the only player in the game with multiple hits.