What to Expect – Weekend of Sept. 27

  • September 28, 2019
  • Makenzie Musgrove

Bats and Bones is one of the most popular events of the fall season with approximately 100 teams across eight different age divisions and levels. This tournament is also a qualifier into the Top Gun Viper division for the 14U and High School A division.

The High School A division features 10 teams including teams to watch, the Blaze and Kansas Pink Sox. Blaze is a 16A team coming off a successful spring and summer season with an overall record of 21-12-1, earning a ranking of no. 9 in the state through power rankings and no. 10 in the state through points. The Kansas Pink Sox completed a successful 14u season with an overall record of 23-8 and were ranked no. 6 in the state through power rankings. Expect the Pink Sox to make a successful adjustment from moving up from the 14U division to the High School A division.

In the 14A division, there are 13 teams competing for a berth into the Top Gun Viper division. The Colorado Stars, Kansas Outlaws, Midwest Elite and Top Gun 06 – White are expected to the teams to watch in this division this weekend. The Colorado Stars are moving up from a very successful 14B season last year with an overall record of 24-9 which earned them a no. 4 ranking in the state. Expect the Stars to make a successful transition to the 14A division. The Kansas Outlaws will be competing for the third time this fall. So far this fall the Outlaws have a record of 6-3-1. The Midwest Elite is competing for the second time this fall after playing in the Mizuno Swing for the Rings last weekend where they finished with a record of 3-0 before the rain caused the rest of the tournament to be called off due to field conditions. Top Gun 06 – White is competing for the first time this fall after coming off a successful spring season under the name of the KC Dirt Devils 06. Now known as Top Gun 06 – White they finished last season with a record of 31-25-1. Look for Top Gun 06 – White to make a successful transition from 12U to 14U.

The 14B division is the biggest of the weekend with 24 teams. Expected to lead the way are the Iowa Outlaws 14U Mattiussi, Kansas City Stingrays 06, Scorpions and Strikers 05. Iowa Outlaws 14U Mattiussi have a lot of experience this fall as this will be their fifth tournament of the fall season. So far, the Outlaws have a record of 8-7-1, but expect that experience to give them an advantage over their competition this weekend. The Kansas City Stingrays 06 will be playing in their second tournament of the fall after competing in the Alex Gordon Classic finishing with a 1-2-2 record. The Stingrays finished the spring and summer season with a record of 24-27 in the 12B division, earning them a ranking of no. 5 in the state through power ranks. The Scorpions will also be participating in their second tournament of the fall after playing in the Twin Oaks Turf and Zip Challenge finishing with a record of 2-1-1 and taking fifth place. Strikers 05 are competing in their third tournament of the fall. So far, the Strikers have a record of 9-1 and have finished in first place in the Lawrence Fall Challenge and took second place in the Fall Kick Off.

The 12B division is another large division this weekend with 19 teams competing, including teams to watch: Legacy, Outlaws, and Twisters. The Legacy will be playing in their third tournament of the fall season after finishing in first place in the Lawrence Fall Challenge and taking second place in the Alex Gordon Classic. The Legacy has a record of 9-2 and have a ranking of no. 1 in the state in power ranking and no. 2 in the state in points. The Outlaws are coming off a successful spring and summer season after finishing with a 25-14 record against their respective division. So far this fall the Twisters have been competing in the 12C division but are moving up this weekend after collecting a 10-1 record through their first two tournaments of the fall season.

The 12C division features six teams with the KC Fire and KC Slide as the teams to watch to keep an eye on. The KC Fire is moving up from 10C to 12C after they finished last spring and summer season ranked no. 11 in the state through power rankings. The KC Slide is competing for the first time this fall as a second-year 12U team. Expect the KC Slide to use their experience to their advantage and compete for the title this weekend.

The 10B division features seven teams. The teams to watch in this division are KC Peppers- Adams 10U and the Wichita Panthers. KC Peppers Adams – Adams 10U are playing in their third tournament of the fall after finishing with a 4-2 record through their first two tournaments. The Wichita Panthers finished last spring and summer season ranked as no. 2 in the state for power ranks and no. 1 in the state for points.

The 10C division consists of 13 teams competing. The teams to watch in this division are Sass 9U and Sting Black 10. Sass 9u are playing in their third tournament of the fall season and are ranked no. 3 in the state through power ranks. Sting Black 10 are also competing in their third tournament of the fall and so far, have a record of 5-2 earning them a ranking of no. 1 in the state for power rankings and no. 3 in the state for points.

Fastbreak Baseball is a brand-new tournament with a unique concept. Instead of burning through pitcher’s arms, pitching machines will be used to maximize fielding and hitting experience. This tournament will be held at Bettis Sports Complex in Topeka, Kan., one of the best complexes in the Midwest with all-turf fields.

Competing in Fastbreak are four teams in the 14U division: Canes, Lee’s Summit Angels, St. Joseph Raptors and Topeka Phoenix.

The Canes are making their fall season debut while also moving up to 13U to 14U. Canes finished last season with an overall record of 10-10-1 while being ranked no. 13 in the state through power rankings.

Lee’s Summit Angels will be playing in their third tournament of the fall season after previously competing in the Sports America Super Saturday Shoot Out and NIT Rings 4 Gamer. The Angels finished those tournaments with an overall record of 2-1-1 and current rank no. 9 in the state through power rankings.

St. Joseph Raptors will also be competing in their third tournament of the fall season after competing in the Midwest Fall Championships and Briley Sonics Blast while finishing those tournaments with an overall record of 5-3. The Raptors took first place in Briley Sonics Blast going undefeated on the weekend with a 4-0 record. St. Joseph Raptors will look to keep that momentum going this weekend.

Topeka Phoenix is returning most of their roster from the 2019 spring season where they finished with an even record of 18-18 in the 13U division, earning them a ranking of no. 12 in the state through points. The Phoenix will be looking to successfully adjust from the 13U division to the 14U division this weekend in their fall season debut.

We look forward to seeing all teams compete in this weekend’s brand-new tournament. Good luck to all players and coaches!