LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- Saturday was the final wrap up for the 2014 AAU Baseball Grand National Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Finishing out strong despite a few inclement weather and rain delays over the two week span.
During week one, 9U and 10U divisions and the inaugural Wood Bat Championships for 14U and Underclass divisions invaded the world renowned sports complex for an action packed week of AAU Baseball.
In the 9U Diamond division, the CFL Wolverines faced off against the Tampa Bay Bulls for the championship with the Bulls taking it all with 9 runs to the Wolverines 7.
The 9u Gold division championship featured the South Gwinnett Rattlers vs. the Georgia Heat. The Rattlers pulled through taking home the W with a final score of 14 to 8.
The Virginia Young Guns faced off against First Strike in the 10U Diamond division with First Strike earning the title with a close final score of 2-3.
The 10U gold championship game included the QBA Bad Boyz and team FS Elite. QBA brought the heat but it wasn’t enough to stop the Elite with a final of 8-3.
It was the first year for the Wood Bat division of AAU Baseball Grand Nationals. The 14U and Underclass age groups enjoyed the crack of the bat and playing like the pro’s play, where the pro’s play with many of the wood bat games being held in Champion Stadium where the Atlanta Braves play for spring training.
In the 14U Championship, team Sharks Elite beat the Wiregrass Cardinals 5-2 to take home the hardware and the title.
Carrollwood Gators Blue took on the Orlando Assault in the High School Wood Bat division. The gators took home the championship and the beautiful Wood Bat shadowbox trophy with their final score of 7-3.
During week two, the 11U, 12U and 13U divisions rolled into ESPN for their chance to claim the crown in their age division. Opening ceremonies went off without a hitch and featured Mickey Mouse, a hip hop dance competition, and ended in true Disney fashion with an incredible fireworks display.
In the 11U Diamond division, the CBC Riverhawks blew out Team Florida with an 8 to 0 final score.
The East Cobb Braves had a close win over the Oviedo Knights in the 11U Gold Division with a final score of 6-5.
The 12U Diamond Championship featured the Hamden Yard Dogs who ran away with the championship against the Jax Rockets, 11 to 1. With their win at Grand Nationals, the Yard Dogs qualified to travel and compete later this summer in New York at the National Youth Baseball Championships.
The 12U Gold division had a close finish, 8 to 1, with the GPA Hooks beating the Ocala Venom for the title.
Mountain Expos Black beat Team Elite with a close finish, 5-4, in the 13U Diamond Division.
Finishing out the tournament strong, the Connecticut Capitals beat team Red Rage with a nail biting final score of 13-14.
Overall the AAU Baseball Grand National Championships were a success. Team pride, brotherhood, and sportsmanship were at an all-time high throughout the tournament. We would like to congratulate ALL of the athletes and coaches who participated and we look forward to seeing everyone back next year for the 2015 AAU Baseball Grand Nationals!
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