FALL INVITATIONAL TO CROWN SIX CHAMPIONS AT DIAMOND NATION
By Bob Behre
A busy late September weekend at Diamond Nation begins Friday and concludes Sunday when champions will be crowned at six age levels as 57 teams compete in the Fall Invitational tournament.
Each age bracket boasts an impressive field as four 2017 champions return to fight for another title. All-Out Pack is back to chase another championship at the 16U level and three Diamond Jacks teams, the Super 14u, Super 13U and Super 11U teams each won a Fall Invitational championship last September and are chasing a 2018 crown.
The 16U Fall Invitational begins play with two games at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Wladyka Baseball faces off with the Diamond Jacks Super 16U team on Field 1 while Baseball U North Jersey tangles with Jersey Boyz Baseball on Field 3. The 16-team field caps its three-day tournament with playoffs on Sunday afternoon
The 16U Fall Invitational semifinals will be contested at 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Field 1. The 16U championship game follows right there on Field 1 at 6:30 p.m. The deep 16U field also includes such quality programs as ASBA Futures West, Baseball U Pa., LVBA Prospects, the Hit And Run Outlaws 2021, Stars Baseball 16U Red and the Diamond Jacks Gold 16U.
The 15U Fall Invitational kicks off with a single game at 8:30 p.m. on Friday when Wladyka American plays the Diamond Jacks Super 15U squad at nearby Jack Cust Baseball Academy. The eight-team field continues play through Sunday when just two teams qualify for the championship game. The final is set for 6:30 p.m. on Field 4.
Look for such strong teams in the 15U field as the Bronx Bombers, the MVP Blue Jackets and the Hit And Run Outlaws’ 2022 club.
The 12-team 14U Fall Invitational lifts off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday when Jersey Boyz Baseball faces a familiar foe in the Diamond Jacks Super 14U team on Field 5. The three-team 14U Fall Invitational playoffs begins with the 2 vs. 3 seed game at 4:30 p.m. on Field 3. The 14U championship game follows at 6:30 p.m., also on Field 3.
The 14U Fall Invitational field includes Frazier’s Downtown Academy, Beast United, Richmond County Baseball Club Nationals, the Bronx Bombers and Northeast Pride.
The 13U Fall Invitational opens play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday on Field 4. The Bucks County Generals 13U takes on the Diamond Jacks Super 13U team in that opener. The eight-team event winds down to the championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday on Field 5.
The 13U field features Jersey Boyz Baseball, Team Citius, Locked In Expos and Rising Stars Baseball.
The 10U and 11U Fall Invitational tournaments do not begin play until 8 a.m. Saturday morning. All of the 10U games are scheduled for Field 6 and the 11U games are set for Field 2.
The MVP Blue Jackets will try to pin down a victory over the Diamond Jacks Super 11U in that opener. The nine-team 11U playoffs begins with first round games at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday. There is a second round game at 12:15 p.m. and a pair of semifinals at 2:15 p .m. and 4:30 p.m. The 11U Fall Invitational championship game is set for 6:30 p.m.
The New York Prospects Nationals, SKD Aces, Tri-State Arsenal, the Richmond County Baseball Club Americans and the Diamond Jacks Gold 11U are some of the 11U teams that have a championship in mind.
The 10U Fall Invitational opener pits Proswing TPS Future 10U against the Diamond Jacks Super 10U squad at 8 a.m. on Field 6. The 10U Fall Invitational semifinals are at 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. The 10U championship game follows at 4:30 p.m.
The small 10U field also includes Baserats Baseball and Legends Baseball Gold.