Nearly 150 teams took some serious swings at the OC Coastal Classic, a top-notch Triple Crown fastpitch event in SoCal that included games at the new Great Park facility in Irvine.
18s at Great Park – The SoCal Athletics ran the table, winning six games, but they were tested in the finale, just slipping past Firecrackers-Brashear, 2-1. The Athletics allowed just eights runs over the course of the tournament.
18 Open – OC BatBusters-Bracamonte was super tough in the circle on Sunday, winning three games and eventually the title, thanks to a 6-0 victory over Firecrackers-Kimura. The Bracamonte squad allowed just one run Sunday.
16s at Great Park – Nobody swung the bats quite like the Corona Angels-Howard team, which plated 28 runs in three games Sunday to claim the crown. Runner-up OC Tigers Lastrapes played well under pressure, winning 5-4 and 3-2 to reach the championship game.
16 Open – SoCal Athletics Marinakis/Fox came through with a tight 4-3 victory in the title game over Ohana Tigers-Herrera/Halleen. The Athletics did not allow a run in three pool play games, then started Sunday with a tough 2-1 victory over Firecrackers-Brashear/Duarte.
14s at Great Park – Sunday was one to remember for Athletics-Mercado/Tidd, who started with a 4-1 win and then used two nail-biters (5-4 and 7-6) before getting to the finale, where they topped Utah Fastpitch-Korth, 10-6. It was a rematch from pool play, where the teams battled to a 2-all tie.
14 Open – A 39-team division battled it out with Breakers Labs Black polishing off a long day with a 3-0 victory over American Pastime-Velasquez/Farnworth. Breakers Labs allowed five runs in five games but showed ability to hit when needed, slipping by SD Brashear Mata/Garcia by an 8-7 margin in the quarterfinals.
12 Open – Relentless work in the circle paved the way to the title for Power Surge Berndes, which allowed two runs in pool play then posted victories of 6-0, 8-0, 10-0 and 6-0 on Sunday.
10 Open – SoCal Choppers-Franco came through pool play with three wins, 22 runs and zero runs allowed; Sunday was more of the same. The Choppers won 10-0 and 8-2 to reach the final, and they eased past Synergy Fastpitch by a 12-3 margin for the crown.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Triple Crown Sports has entered into a multi-year agreement with BallerTV that will add livestream video coverage to more than 20 Triple Crown Fastpitch events, beginning in 2019.
BallerTV will have coverage of all fields and all games of the following 2019 events:
Bomber Shootout March 2-3
Spring Stampede May 11-12
Triple Crown OKC May 31-June 3
Zoom Into June June 6-9
Mountain Magic June 6-9
Texas State Championships June 7-9
Zoom Juniors June 8-9
Colorado State Championships June 14-16
Valley Invite June 14-16
Sparkler Juniors July 1-7
Chicago Midwest Championships July 11-14
10u, 12u World Series July 12-17
16u, 18u World Series July 15-20
Southeast Championships July 14-18
Southwest Summer Nationals July 18-21
14u World Series July 22-27
Super 72 Sept. 13-15
Ronald McDonald Oct. 18-20
City of Lights #1 Oct. 25-27
City of Lights #2 Nov. 8-10
Don Battles On Nov. 15-17
Visit baller.tv/triplecrownfastpitch for links and notifications for all of these events.
Baller TV will also share coverage at the TC/USA Nationals (July 15-18) with FloSoftball; FloSoftball has eight fields, with BallerTV handling the remainder.
BallerTV was founded in 2016 by co-founders Robert Angarita and Aaron Hawkey to provide live video coverage of amateur sports while creating sports media job opportunities in local communities. As of 2018, BallerTV is now a coast-to-coast operation with a network of thousands of broadcasters across the country.
“BallerTV is extremely excited to be partnering with Triple Crown Sports,” said BallerTV Account Executive Daniel Chun. “As one of the leaders in the fastpitch world, Triple Crown continues to transcend the space and host top-tier events. We’re thrilled to provide a live stream service for athletes, parents and coaches to take their game to the next level.”
“We are thrilled to be partners with BallerTV, which is a forward-looking and dynamic media company that will help more people follow the action at our tournaments,” said Andy Hansen, VP of Media and Branding at Triple Crown. “Our fastpitch events are nationally known for their value to college recruiters, so we expect coaches to be especially interested in using BallerTV to track the progress of players who may end up on their rosters someday.”
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 35 years, with approximately 90 events scheduled for 2019 in the arenas of youth baseball, fastpitch, basketball, lacrosse and volleyball. The TCS footprint includes both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.