Select30 Qualifying Kicks Off In California & Texas This Weekend
By Eden Otero
Kissimmee, FL - On Saturday the South Texas Select30 Super NIT and March Madness Select30 Super NIT Tournament will kick off.
The two tournaments will give baseball players from ages 6 to 14 a shot at qualifying for the USSSA Elite World Series -- the top baseball tournament of the year where the best youth baseball teams compete to be crowned world champions.
It’s also an opportunity for players to be evaluated for Select30 teams which outside of being one of the best player identification tools in the league also showcases some of the top talent in the league in their age group.
Through the Select30, players will be evaluated by The Amateur All-American Scouting Network -- a group of scouts comprised of former MLB players. Players are graded on the five tools of baseball -- speed, arm strength, fielding ability, hitting for average and hitting for power -- during live game situations.
Successfully selected players are issued a “golden ticket” from the scouts and are invited to play in the S30 Championships in August.
March Madness Select30 Super NIT
The March Madness Select30 tournament will take place at seven different venues -- three of which are at Big League Dreams in Northern California.
Keep an eye out for these teams competing:
9 & Under Major:
Wilson MVP Elite: Wilson comes in with a 21-5 overall record and averaging 10 runs a game. With a 16-3 tournament record, Wilson MVP Elite boasts a strong tournament presence.
Victory Braves: At 8-3 in tournament and 14-3 overall, the Victory Braves come into the tournament with less time on the field than Wilson MVP Elite -- the other team to watch for in this group.
10 & Under Major:
Chino Hills Thunder: The Chino Hills Thunder are averaging 15 runs a game, but even more importantly holding teams to an average of six runs allowed.
SGV Hustle: At 20-4 overall and 14-1 in tournament play, the Hustle look to be solid contenders for the S30 tournament. Giving up an average of only three runs per game gives the Hustle the upper hand as it goes against many offense-minded teams.
11 & Under Major:
Wilson MVP: Starting Saturday’s tournament at 13-2 overall and an average of eight runs a game gives Wilson MVP a solid look to the weekend.
Top Tier Gamers: At 2-3, Top Tier Gamers come out looking to be the underdogs, however, the team is boasting a nine run average.
12 & Under Major:
Top Tier Gamers: At 4-5, Top Tier Gamers appear to be the underdogs in the 12 & under division as well. If the Gamers can get a spark in their offense they may see some success this weekend.
South Texas Select30 Super NIT
The South Texas Select30 brings back the Alamo Drillers which are the Elite World Series champs from 2016.
The Drillers will be one of the top teams to watch on Saturday as they are 19-0 in tournament and have won six tournaments, including two Super NITS.
Teams to watch out for:
10 & Under Major:
Alamo Drillers: The Drillers are 30-1 for the season and boast a solid defense as it’s only averaging one run allowed per game. Not only are the Alamo Drillers the Elite World Series champs, but they come back to the Select30 with a talented roster.
Mississippi Smash: This team comes into the tournament at 13-5 and an 8-2 tournament record. The Mississippi Smash are strong at bat, averaging seven runs a game.
11 & Under Major:
Spitfire Elite: At 20-2 for both regular season and tournament stats, Spitfire Elite goes into Saturday’s tournament averaging six runs per game.
13 & Under Major:
Louisiana Tigers - Purple: The Louisiana Tigers come into the S30 tournament at 10-1 and averaging eight runs per game. To top it off, the Tigers are giving up an average of only two runs per game.
Follow the results from this weekend’s South Texas Select30 Super NIT and March Madness Select30 Super NIT Tournament on USSSA.com
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