Week #1 in Top Tier Baseball

By: Cody Smith
Top Tier Reporter

 Week #1 in Top Tier Baseball

Top Tier Tournaments Recap: All 15u, 16u, 17u, and 18u teams

 15u Americans,Illinois State Invitational

The 15u Americans went into the weekend looking to build off their impressive 8-2 start to the summer season. They went down to Bloomington, IL where they played under heavy rains all weekend. After continuous work by the field operators the team was finally able to get their games in. The 15u Americans finished the weekend 2-1, before the rest of the tournament was canceled due to rain. After beating up on the House of Sports, 15-0, the then Americans continued their winning ways against Effingham County winning, 9-0. But then the team dropped their first game as they fell to Chicago Elite in their final game of pool play. Giovanni Herrera had himself a weekend on the mound as he pitched five innings, giving up zero runs on two hits and a walk in their win against the House of Sports.

15u Nationals,PG Super 25 Qualifier

The 15u Nationals traveled out of state this past weekend to Westfield, IN. The team finished 2-1-1 on the weekend. After tying in their first game 7-7 to the Southern Indiana Legends, the team bounced back to beat the Indiana Prospects, 3-1. One player that stood out for the 15u Nationals was short stop Joe Zaccone. Zaccone went 4-8 (.500) on the weekend including 5 RBI’s and a triple.

15u Nationals-Navy,PG Super 25 Qualifier

The 15u Nationals-Navy joined the 15u Nationals down in Westfield, IN. They had a very successful weekend, going 3-0-1. After tying with the Indiana Durtdogs the first game, the Nationals-Navy followed that up going 2-0 in the rest of pool play. After making it out of their pool and into bracket play, the team won their first playoff game against the St. Louis Prospects, 7-6. They were then on their way for competing for a championship until the tournament, like many others, was canceled due to heavy rains. Head coach Carter Turnquist was impressed with how his team came out, especially with his short stop Luke Kracik who went 7-14 (.500) overall including a 4-4 performance against the Summit City Sluggers.

 15u Nationals-White, PG Super 25 Qualifier

15u Nationals had a rough weekend. The team dropped all four games, including their consolation game. Although, not everyone had bad performances. Pitcher, Jake Adams had a quality start against the Indiana Bulls. He pitched six innings while only surrendering two un-earned runs with a surprising zero strikeouts. The team barely lost that game losing, 2-0. Another good performance came from Daniel Baumgartner who went 3-7 (.430) on the weekend including a home run and a double. Baumgartner was also able to reach on base over .500% of his at bats.

15u North, Windy City ThunderBolts Tournament

The 15u North was definitely one of the stand out teams from Top Tier this the past weekend. Led by head coach Brian Duffy, the North went 3-0 during pool play before winning their bracket. Playing in a 16u tournament the 15u North ended up making it all the way to the championship game. That’s where they surprisingly faced one of Top Tiers satellite teams, Top Tier Vikings. The North ended up losing in a crushing defeat, 12-3, to the Top Tier Vikings in Windy City Stadium for the Thunderbolt championship.

16u Americans,University of Missouri Team Camp 

Playing in a non-traditional round robin tournament, the 16u Americans looked to keep their perfect record in tact. The team played just five games down in Columbia, Missouri while playing against some of the best teams in the Midwest. After finishing the weekend 5-0, the team returned to Illinois remaining a perfect, 8-0 going into next weekend. Standout performances include Anthony Mangano and Mason Hsieh-Bailey on the offensive side. Standout pitching performances were delivered by Joel Sarver and Chris Seropian.

16u Nationals,PG Super 25 Qualifier

The 16u Nationals finished as runner-ups down at Lynwood, IL. The squad went 4-1 overall while losing in the championship game to the Naperville Renegades, 3-1. The team looked dominant in pool play, going 2-0 while scoring 22 runs compared to only giving up three. Third basemen Tommy Shaw and catcher Kyle Blum both had amazing weekends at the plate. Shaw went 6-10 (.600) including 4 doubles. Meanwhile, Blum went 5-10 (.500) including a deep homerun while adding 3 doubles.

16u Nationals-Navy,PG Super 25

the 16u Nationals-Navy also joined the 16u Nationals in the Lynwood tournament. Although they weren’t quite able to have the same success. Still, they finished the weekend pretty strong as they went 2-1 before falling to the 16u Nationals,7-0, in the Semi-Final game. Before that game, pitcher Zack Starr pitched a complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Batavia Bandits. In that Quarter-Finals game, Starr allowed just one run on five hits, including three strikeouts.

17u AmericansCangelosi Sparks Invitational

The 17u Americans went over to Lockport, IL to play some of the top teams around the Midwest. After dropping the first game on a walk-off to the Wisconsin Hitter, 2-1, the team rallied back to finish the weekend 2-1. Just like many other tournaments that Top Tier teams competed in, the 17u Americans game on Sunday was canceled due to rain. One stand out performance came from pitcher Grant Leader who threw five scoreless innings while just allowing two hits and a walk. Leader sadly got the no-decision as he pitched Game 1 against the Hitters.

17U Nationals, Great Lakes Tournament

The 17u Nationals had solid a performance in their first tournament of the summer. Playing at Northwestern University, the team started off 3-0, winning their respective bracket. Following their hot start, the Nationals cooled down. In bracket play they suffered a tough loss at the hands of Slammers. Utility player Jac Lindish went 3-6 (.500) with two doubles and 4 RBI’s as well as three stolen bases. Pitcher Mason Kasprisin wasn’t too shabby either on the mound as he threw six innings while giving up just one run on four hits. 

17u Nationals-Navy,Great Lakes Tournament

The 17u Nationals also went to Evanston, IL in hopes to get back on track after a shaky start last weekend in the Top Tier intersquad games. This weekend would not go quite as planned, with two close games going the wrong way and they ended up dropping two of three games. Infielder, Eric Jackson had one of the better performances at the plate, going 3-7 (.430) with three RBI’s. Another solid performance came from Tyler Preissing who threw 5 innings in his start while only giving up three hits on 50 pitches.

18u Americans, Great Lakes Invitational

The 18u Americans are looking to finish their pre-college seasons on a high note. Playing in first tournament of the summer at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL the 18’s started off hot, grabbing the #2 seed after going 3-0 in pool play. Following that, they made it to the championship game after going 2-0 in bracket play. In the Semi-Final game, pitcher Nolan Graff had an incredible performance as he went six scoreless innings against the Illinois Lightning while only throwing 47 pitches. The Americans eventually lost in the championship game, 11-6 against the Slammers Coyotes.  Another solid performance came from outfielder Dakota Kotowski as he went .304 with a HR and 2 doubles against the Maple Monarchs in pool play.


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