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April 26 Weekend Preview

  • April 23, 2019
  • Janae Melvin

With nearly 500 teams signed up for Midwest Sports Productions tournaments this weekend (April 26-28), there’s sure to be non-stop action on the diamond. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect and teams to watch at each tournament this weekend. 

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5th Annual Alex Gordon Classic benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Since the beginning of this popular tournament, our teams and fans have raised nearly $180,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand – and the 2019 tournament looks to add a significant amount of money to that total. Kansas City Royals left fielder (and the hero of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series) Alex Gordon will be out at the ballpark for the tournament opening ceremony Saturday morning at 10am to speak to the crowd and congratulate the top fundraising teams. With more than 150 teams at Mid-America West, the competition for the championship will be fierce.

Teams to watch at the Alex Gordon Classic

14AA: LV Pioneers 14U Jones (2018 AGC 13AA Top Flight Champs), Olathe Vipers, South Central Gassers

13AA: WAVE, Northtown Pirates, Complete Game Astros (2018 AGC 12AA Lower Flight Champs)

13A: Topeka Storm, Raptors, Emporia Jr Spartans

12AA: Competitive Edge, SC StormChasers, KC Warriors, Royals Blue, Humboldt Cubs (2018 AGC 11A Champs)

12A: Central Missouri Blackhawks, KC Diamondbacks, Louisburg Wildcats

11AA: Complete Game Rangers 11U, Sharks, Lawrence Venom, The Mule Club (2018 AGC 10A Champs), KC Kings (2018 AGC 10AA Top Flight Champs)

11A: Twenty Sixers, Topeka Bandits

10AA: Center Sports Jaguars, Building Champions – Haas, 316 Elite

10A: Iola Mustangs, KC Titans

9AA: BTL Hornets 9u (Porta)

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Dingerz for Dylan ft. Paige Parker (JDRF Benefit)

Supporting Dylan’s Army has become an important component of this fastpitch tournament. And in 2019, former Oklahoma pitcher and current USSSA Pride player Paige Parker is coming out for the fun. Teams participating in this tournament have been raising money for JDRF and the top three fundraising teams will get to spend Saturday evening bowling with Paige. This tournament has become a popular spring event for teams in the area and this year, more than 120 teams will battle it out for the Dingerz title.

Teams to watch at the Dingerz for Dylan ft. Paige Parker

High School B: KC Dirt Devils 04, LEES SUMMIT REIGN 16B

18A: Twisters 00 (2018 HSB Champs)

16A: Pumas Fastpitch, WAC Combat

14A: Elite Softball Academy/Westhoff (2018 12A Champs), Sting Elite 04, Diamond Club Outlaws (2018 12B Top Flight Champs)

14B: Commotion, Impact

12A: KC Alliance, Diamond Club Premier Aces, Cedar Rapids Blue Devils 12U Royal, Mac-N-Seitz

12B: Diablas 07, KC Dirt Devils 06, Northwest Force

12C: WDM Tigers 12U King, SKC Outlaws-Groom

10A: Originals Bruce, Kansas Crush Academy – Reynolds

10B: KC Elite 09 – Dragon

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Fully Loaded Invitational Powered by Marucci

The Fully Loaded Invitational Powered by Marucci was created out of a need for local “Major” level teams to compete against the best of the best without having to travel across the country. Thirty-six teams from across the country are headed to Topeka for a weekend of high-quality competition at the 11U, 12U and 14U age groups.

Teams to watch at the Fully Loaded Invitational Powered by Marucci

14Maj: Mac N Seitz Blacksox – Rice, Patriots Baseball – QC Voodoo

12Maj: KC Siege, Mission, Millard United Elite

11Maj: Iowa Prospects, Burlington Mudd Dawgs, KC Crusaders

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Jayhawk Spring Slugfest

A stop on the Midwest Sports Productions College Tour Series, more than 100 teams are headed to Lawrence for the Jayhawk Spring Slugfest fastpitch tournament. In addition to playing for the title, teams will head over to the campus of the University of Kansas to watch the KU softball team take on the Texas Longhorns.

Teams to watch at the Jayhawk Spring Slugfest

14A: KC Peppers 05

14B: 2019 Lawrence Phenix-Bowen (2018 12B Top Flight Champs), Hericanes

14C: Blue Heat, Hays Hurricanes, Denver Riptide, Wildcat Softball – Cauthon, Elite Fastpitch (2018 12C Lower Flight Champs), Diamond Girls (2018 12C Top Flight Champs)

12A: Fast & Furious 12, Miami Express

12B: Phenix – Richardson, Pride 06, Derby Lightning, KC Dirt Devils 07 (2018 10Open Champs)

12C: Kansas Blue Sox 12U Orange, Arsenal Fastpitch

10B: WDM Tigers 10U Hervey, Kansas Pride 08

10C: Mud Turtles 08, Outlaws

8Open: Synergy 8U-Clurman, Sting 8U 10-Black

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Wildcat Classic

The Midwest Sports Productions Campus Tour Series makes a stop in Manhattan for the Wildcat Classic baseball tournament. With 66 teams participating, there won’t be a shortage of exciting games and incredible talent on display. Teams will also head over to Kansas State University to watch the KSU baseball team take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

Teams to watch at the Wildcat Classic

14AAA: Topeka Storm

14AA: Topeka Outlaws, Wichita Aeros Mann

13AAA: Building Champions – Torlina, MN Icemen 13u

13AA: KC Braves

12Maj: K4 Rattlers

12AA: Kansas Dirtbags

11AA: Salina Spikes, NEK Storm Chasers, Wildcats (2018 Wildcat Classic 10AA Champs)

11A: Crusaders

10AA: Next Level MHK, HEAT, Kansas Hammers

10A: Pirates, Thunderbolts

9AA: 785 Razorbacks

9A: Bombers