There is some good local HS talent competing in the United States Baseball Championships this week in Richmond Va for their respective club teams.
In the 17 division the Diamond State Longhorns are coming off of a runner up championship in the Temple Mid-Atlantic Freedom Classic and currently hold the # 19 seed and the Delaware Magic who are currently the 24th seed are two of the three teams from Delaware. Both are 2-1 and in the playoff bracket.
The Longhorns play @ RF&K Stadium at 8:00 AM on 7/26/2012 and Delaware Magic play @ 10:30 AM on the same day but not streamed.
You can watch the Longhorns play live @ Glen Allen Stadium at RF&K Park . All Games at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&K Park will be streamed live thanks to Henrico County.
In the 16U division the 1- 3 First State Rebels are currently the 30th seed and in the playoffs after knocking off the #4 seed Richmond Braves National followed by a one run loss against the #13 seed Richmond Braves American. Also some good local HS talent on this Rebels team. A player from the Rebels won the HR derby for this division as well.
Update - After 4 consecutive wins on Friday and a two hour rain delay into the night the #19 seed Diamond State Longhorns were the only remaining Delaware team and ended their night having successfully protected the house at 6-1. The team lost a close 5-4 game this morning at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&K Park against a fresh #2 seed Long Island Bandits Baseball Club who came with a 4-1 record having advanced Friday morning. The Longhorns finished 6th place in this 33 team national event.
Thanks to Henrico County for streaming these games live. Great job too. I think it's great when folks do this and such a tremendous opportunity for youth players to be seen through several elements of their game play. Folks will just have to watch the games to see just how good they did with the angles. When Kubec found his groove you saw it as if you were standing right behind him. When a player advanced on a delayed steal you saw it. Defensive play? You're there. HR? All angles on that as well.
The sound is also on as well if one watches any of these games again or other tournaments in the future. These boys went the distance in their bracket and it was very exciting to watch at times with that added feature. To watch all 4 games they played Friday in 100 degree weather would leave one to consider the endurance that youth baseball sometimes demands. Those boys were so covered in dirt at the end of the night that you couldn't even see their faces. Heck, coming off of 4 straight games and into a game with only a few hours of sleep against a team fresh from a one game day in the AM the day before was a tall glass of water for anyone to drink. The Longhorns ended the tournament at 6-2 and two games out of the Championship.
The Magic didn't get to play a game @ Glen Allen Stadium at RF&K Park so can't watch any of their games but they were playing in the same heat and finished at 3-2 in the 17 Division.
This post was edited on 7/29 9:42 PM by See ya ball