In the U13, the Bayside Little League Rebels have been every bit as advertised. Last year’s U12 runner up is 3-0 in the tournament so far, outscoring their opponents 18-2. Their final pool play game will now merely decide seeding, as their spot in the playoffs is already sealed.
Also off to a hot start in the U13 are the Richmond County Raiders. The squad from Staten Island has two quality victories over Pool B opponents Bonnie Bulls and New York Prospects. Now, all that remains is their matchup versus the YSL Cobras, which will likely decide who finishes first in their pool.
As for the U14, the USC Knights in Pool A have proven they know how to swing the lumber. The team from Uptown Sports Complex has beaten Baseball King Academy and Castle Hill Little League by the score of 9-1 and 19-1 respectively. With such a significant run differential, the USC Knights are poised to receive a high seed in the playoffs.
Over in Pool B, the game of the week undoubtedly was Thursday’s game between Joe Torre Titans and the NY Expos. After going back and forth all game, the Joe Torre Titans walked off in style with an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to give them a 3-2 victory.
In this year’s smallest division, the U11’s, got started as the Ozone Howard Wolfpack defeated the Harlem Warriors 9-3. More teams joined the party on Friday, as St. A’s won 7-5 over the Williamsburg Sports League All Stars and the Astoria Storm edged out a 4-2 victory over the Harlem Warriors. Rounding out Week 1 play in the U11’s were the U10 defending champion Bronx Bombers, who defeated the Harlem Warriors 9-2 at Castle Hill Little League.
In the U12, a few teams have definitely surprised early. First, there are the Bronx Realtors of Pool A. While this is the first year in the tournament, the team has quickly made it known that they are one to be reckoned with after back-to-back victories over Castle Hill Little League and the USC Knights.
Another big surprise this week was the LND Reds, who pulled of a big upset in their opening game by defeating last year’s U11 Champions, the Ozone Howard Rangers, 9-5. Their pool (D) is still wide open, however, as the NY Expos 9-5 victory over the LND Reds now leaves three different teams with 1-1 records.
The YSL Bombers of Pool B are arguably the top contender in the age group. Last year’s U11 runner-up, the team has outscored their opponents 21-0 through two games and is in great position to make a deep run in the tournament.
In the eight-year-old division, the squad from St. Columba has gotten off to a hot start. On opening day at Padavan-Preller Field, the Brooklyn squad’s bats came alive as they beat fellow borough mate, the Bonnie Tigers, by a score of 19-0. Then, on Saturday, St. Columba returned to the field at Joe Torre Little League, where they out battled the Whitestone Renegades for a 7-6 victory.
Week 1 also saw a matchup between the Throgs Neck Red Eagles and the Bonnie Orioles, which the Red Eagles won 13-3.
Over in the U9, the two brackets are shaping up very differently. In Pool B, the Bonnie Rangers have already secured a spot in the playoffs after going 3-0 with wins over the Richmond Titans, St. Patrick’s, and the Youth Service League.
Oppositely, Pool A remains wide open, with only the Ozone Howard Stars possessing a losing record. The Raiders from the Bronx may be in the best shape right now, though, thanks to a 12-6 victory over the Ozone Howard Stars and a tough fought 5-5 tie versus TYA.
Finally, the U10 pools were heavily active in Week 1, with 10 games taking place across the two brackets. In Pool A, the Elmjack Thunder appear poised to build off last year’s campaign after posting back-to-back shutout victories over the Bronxchester Bombers and Bayside Little League Rebels.
As for Pool B, it is no surprise that the Staten Island Elite, last year’s U9 champions, are sitting on top after wins over the Richmond Titans and Bonnie Royals. The Elite aren’t the only undefeated team in the pool, however, as the Bonnie Braves showed similar dominance with wins over the NY Prospects and S.I. Hitters.