The 12U Oro Valley Mets are the top-ranked team in Arizona and third nationally according to National Championship Sports (NCS). The local club baseball team actually defeated the No. 2 team in the nation twice last week.
The Mets (9-1) defeated the San Diego Stars Blue 6-5 this past Saturday at the NCS President’s Day Challenge in Mesa and 8-4 on Monday in the championship game of the tournament. Even with the losses, San Diego (13-5) is ranked No. 2 and BPA Black (12-1-1) out of Irvine is No. 1 in the nation.
Angel Figueroa hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to earn tournament MVP honors along with Jayden Payne who stole nine bases.
The Mets are slated to take part in the I-10 Cannonball Express at Jacobs Park in March.
10U Vail Rebels Black is ranked No. 13.
11U Tucson Elite Baseball Club is ranked No.9.
12U Tucson Coyotes is ranked. No. 23.
13U Tucson Hurricanes is ranked No. 6.
13U Tucson Rollin Baseball is ranked No. 71.
14U Oro Valley CBA Dirtybirds are ranked No. 23.
10U REBELS ROSTER
Julian de la Fuente
Coach; Justin Sipe
11U TUCSON ELITE ROSTER
Iram Eli Urias Jimenez
Coach: Gabriel Jimenez
12U METS ROSTER
Coach: Chad Chop
12U COYOTES ROSTER
Carlos Reyes III
Coach: David Villela
13U TUCSON HURRICANES ROSTER
Francisco Rivero Jr.
Coach: Paul Pinedo
13U ROLLIN BASEBALL ROSTER
Coach: Greg Geile
14U CBA DIRTYBIRDS ROSTER
Coach: Dennis Toia
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com