By Jason Hanes
Eleven teams won regional brackets Friday and three teams clinched wild card bids to set the field for the Myrtle Beach Summer Nationals 14U Championship Bracket, with double-elimination play beginning Saturday morning.
#1 Seed: TCB Hetu – The team with the top seed is the team that allowed the fewest runs in regional bracket play. TCB Hetu outscored its opponents by a combined score of 31-0 over the three games of their bracket. Being one of the top two seeds earns TCB Hetu a bye in the opening round of Saturday’s play.
#2 Seed: Virginia Venom – No team put up more runs over three games of regional play than Virginia Venom, with just two runs allowed keeping it from the top seed. Virginia Venom scored 50 runs in three games, including 19 in Friday’s bracket final victory over Knights Premier. The squad earns the second bye into the second round of Saturday’s action.
#3 Seed: Ohio Spiders – Undefeated in the K Bracket Region, Ohio Spiders were credited with a +20 run differential to pick up the third seed. The squad won its bracket with an 11-1 victory over Diamond Elite Friday morning.
#4 Seed: EPA Gold – Another squad to put up big runs, EPA Gold plated 21 in their opening win of regional play. While they outscored their opponents 36-3, run differential is capped at seven runs per game, placing EPA Gold in the fourth slot.
#5 Seed: Diamond Devils Scheno – After defeating Aces Elite – Miller in Thursday’s winner’s bracket game, Diamond Davis Scheno came back to win the rematch Friday morning 11-3. The team allowed just six runs in regional bracket play.
#6 Seed: Ohio Heat – Taking a big win in their first game of the regional bracket, Ohio Heat had to grind out two wins over CT Capitals Baseball Organization to earn the regional bracket win. A 7-5 victory Thursday afternoon was followed by a 6-5 win Friday morning to earn a slot in the Championship Bracket.
#7 Seed: Canes Baseball Simpson – It took eight innings Friday, but Canes Baseball Simpson earned an 8-7 victory over the Severna Park Green Hornets to clinch a spot in the championship field. Canes Baseball Simpson earned a +10 run differential in the three games of regional play.
#8 Seed: Mid-Atlantic Red Sox (Carroll) – The last of the eight teams not to need to play an “if necessary” game in regional play, Mid-Atlantic Red Sox (Carroll) played a one-run game to start bracket play with a 5-4 win over the Franklin Generals, then topped Spartans 2025 in consecutive games, 9-3 and 4-2, to win its regional bracket.
#9 Seed: The Lab – The ninth seed in the bracket is the first team to have to win three games on Friday to advance to the championship bracket. Friday morning started with a 4-1 win over the Elkridge Hurricanes – Orange. Then, The Lab had to defeat Diamond Devils Guenther twice to make the championship bracket. After an 11-1 win in their second game Friday, The Lab took a 4-3 win in the “if necessary” game to win its regional bracket. By virtue of its three wins Friday, The Lab is the only team to have won four games so far this tournament.
#10 Seed: SJ Young Guns – In the catbird’s seat Friday morning, SJ Young Guns fell in its first game of Friday to Evolution Baseball Vegas, 7-4. Needing to win the “if necessary” game to advance, SJ Young Guns came up with a 10-3 win to clinch a spot in the championship bracket.
#11 Seed: NY Prospects (Riches) – Much like SJ Young Guns, NY Prospects (Riches) need to win one game Friday to advance to the championship bracket. A wrench was thrown in the plans early as Beaver Valley Baseball Black earned a 6-5 win to force the “if necessary” game. NY Prospects (Riches) would roar back in the finale, earning a 13-0 run-rule win to clinch the 11th seed.
#12 Seed: Beaver Valley Baseball Black – One of three wildcards to reach the championship round, Beaver Valley Baseball Black had the best run differential of the three teams that forced an “if necessary” game in their regional bracket.
#13 Seed: Evolution Baseball Vegas – By virtue of forcing the “if necessary” game against SJ Young Guns, Evolution Baseball Vegas was able to get the second wild card into the championship bracket.
#14 Seed: CT Capitals Baseball Organization – Losing its two games in its regional bracket by a combined three runs, CT Capitals Baseball Organization had the best run differential of the remaining teams, allowing it to pick up the final wildcard into the championship bracket.
The Championship Bracket begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Grand Park in Myrtle Beach, culminating in a 10:30 a.m. Monday morning championship game.