The quest for the Travelball Select National Championship continued under the hot summer sun on Tuesday. The national tournament is being held at East Cobb Baseball Complex with teams from all around the country competing for the championships. The 9-Under classification has 16 teams and the 10-Under has 20 teams all playing for national titles. Each age group has four pools with four teams per pool in the 9-Under and five teams per pool in 10-Under. Each team plays all other teams from the pool, with the top two teams advancing to a double-elimination tournament. After it’s narrowed down to eight teams, the remaining squads enter a single-elimination bracket for the championship.
There was excellent baseball being played in the 10-Under and the 9-Under age groups on Tuesday. The 9-Under Atlanta Angels were one of the only teams to win both of their games on Tuesday. The Angels posted an 8-5 victory over the Memphis Tigers, and an 11-1 thumping of the Banditos in their second game. After the Memphis Tigers fell short to the Angels in Game 1, they erupted in the following game, scoring the most runs by any team with a 17-1 mercy rule victory over the East Cobb Astros.
In the 10-Under age group, the Lamorinda Immortals out of California outscored Home Plate Baseball 5-2 in their early game before winning 14-2 over the WF Young Guns in their second game.
There was plenty of heartbreak as well in Tuesday’s action. The RBI Rangers were handed their second one-run loss of the day when the East Cobb Braves reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after the Rangers scored three to even it up at 5-5. The Braves shut the door on the Rangers’ hopes for another comeback attempt in the sixth inning for a 6-5 victory.
One of the more memorable moments Tuesday was the 10-Under East Cobb Astros’ late comeback over Buzz Baseball. The East Cobb Astros tightened Buzz Baseball’s 7-2 lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. It didn’t seem to be enough, but the umpires decided to start the last inning just before the two-hour time limit ended. The Astros would complete their comeback by scoring two more runs in the sixth inning for an electrifying 8-7 victory.
This is going to be an extremely competitive tournament and the teams are fighting hard to become nationally recognized. The young players were making web gems all over the field, as well as, blasting hits off of the 250-foot outfield fence. Camera crews were already on site Tuesday getting ready to broadcast these young stars during the championships later this week. XFinity On Demand-Sports will televise all championships and the last two games prior to the championship. PlayOn! Sports and TravelballSelect.com will be webcasting these same games live. CSS (Comcast Sports Southeast) will be televising all championship game live.
9-U Thurs. 6/28 1:00 pm Eastern
10-U Thurs. 6/28 2:45 pm Eastern
11-U Tue 7/10 1:00 pm Eastern
12-U Tue 7/10 2:45 pm Eastern
13-U Mon7/30 1:00 pm Eastern
14-U Mon 7/30 3:00 pm Eastern
16-U Sun 7/29 2:00 pm Eastern