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Bandits win state's toughest tournament to date

Mar. 18, 2019

This weekend Top Gun proved to host the state's toughest baseball tournament and our Belmont Bandits participated in it. Twenty-three teams were in the 11u tournament as a whole, and the Bandits played in the 'American' division of the tournament which contained ten total teams within it.

It is early in the spring baseball season, but the Travelball247.com website has rankings based off of this past fall baseball and early spring baseball played. They have state wide rankings and regional rankings as well. It's not perfect science, but gives everyone an indication of how well teams are doing and is an informative and fun source to check into.

Coming into this tournament the Bandits were 1-0...having played only one game last weekend due to rainout. Many of the teams that were supposed to have played got pushed into this tournament because of rain, and so it became a "mega" tournament pretty quickly. Based off of Travelball247 Regional rankings of "Charlotte Metro", their website rankings prior to this weekend had the Bandits not ranked....which is fair because we did not play in the fall at all, and only had one game under our belt this spring. This weekend's tournament had the #2 (Canes Baseball NC - Slaydon), #4 (Copperheads Snell/Heis) and #5 (LKN Hurricanes) ranked teams in Charlotte Metro playing in the American division.

The overall state of NC rankings are also shown on Travelball247 and had another team that was in the top 20, the Carolina Spinners at #18. Coming into this tourny the NC state rankings showed to be: 

  1. SBA Futures (1)
  2. Canes Baseball NC - Gilchrist (2)
  3. West Raleigh Blue (3)
  4. Rawlings Prospects NC (4)
  5. Dirtbags Black (5)
  6. Canes Baseball NC - Slaydon (6)
  7. Dirtbags East (7)
  8. Carolina Havoc (9)
  9. Canes Baseball NC - Naylor (8)
  10. NCDB Rivercats (10)
  11. GRIT (11)
  12. Carolina Thunder (12)
  13. Athlete's Advantage Yardgoats (13)
  14. Akadema Heat (14)
  15. Copperheads - Snell/Heis (16)
  16. Carolina Titans - Ambrose (17)
  17. LKN Hurricanes (18)
  18. Carolina Spinners (19)
  19. Rock Solid Red (15)
  20. Alamance Patriots (20)

Also in the tournament was #8 overall team in the state of SC...the Team 24 Gamecocks - Bailey. They're always a tough competitor, and were in the mix this weekend as usual. We did not play the LKN Hurricanes or T24 groups because they were knocked out by a team we had to play along the trail to the championship. A newcomer, the Carolina Cannons, will be ranked before you know it. They are a solid bunch, as well.

The Bandits played four really strong teams, and came away with a 3-1 record on the weekend and captured the Gold Championship in the American division. We beat the #2, #4 and #18 teams in the current NC state rankings (those listed above). Anybody can beat anyone in baseball at any time, and we probably got lucky a whole lot. The kids have worked very hard though, so a lot of their sacrifice showed on the field which combined with some fortunate bounces made for a memorable weekend. One thing is for sure- it was a super tough weekend of play versus great 11u teams, and we are proud to have competed against such outstanding groups of athletes and coaches.

This weekend showed to be the toughest overall test available for 11u baseball competition in the state. You will never win them all in baseball, but we won most of them this weekend. Awesome job players, and many thanks to our fantastic support staff of parents, step parents, grand parents, siblings and other supporters. The kids got jumbo rings, but the confidence and pride won will ultimately be much more important than their "bling".

Go Bandits.




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