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Wild Sunday Sends Fall Classic Into Second Round

BBA Baseball’s Zach Kildae is all smiles after clubbing a grand slam home run.

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For most fall baseball clubs, the HSBN Fall Classic brings just the right competition to close out their season. As the clocks fall back most programs look to close out the fall strong to carry that momentum into the spring season, and the Fall Classic provides the perfect opportunity. Following Pool Play action that concluded with numerous games on Sunday, twelve teams earned their way into the second round.

With nearly all of the second-round 18U slots locked up following Saturday’s results, BBA Baseball made a strong statement with a big, 10-0 victory over the Miami Sharks to earn the final spot. BBA got the offense going early for a 4-0 lead, before left fielder Zach Kildae put things out of reach with a grand slam home run over the left field fence.

“It felt good to hit it, but I didn’t really think it went over at first. I thought it one-bounced over the fence,” Kildae admitted of his first career high school home run. “It just feels good and it helps to bring the team together when everyone is doing good. Everyone is happy and everyone wants to root for each other to see everyone do better. There is some good competition ahead, but I think we can handle it.”

The second round is a best-of-three series. The two-time defending Classic champion Parkland Eagles earned top seed honors and will take on Jaguars Baseball, the Beach Bombers host The Dawgs, Patriots Baseball faces BBA Baseball and the Broward Bobcats take on Lightning Baseball. Teams were seeded based upon pool play winners, with the lowest runs allowed then determining the top four slots.

The Parkland Eagles also claimed the top seed in the 16U bracket, after going 3-0 without allowing a run scored against them. The Eagles will hots Cougars Baseball in the semifinal round, while Lightning Baseball won Pool B to advance and host BBA Baseball.

Smiles were aplenty all throughout the action of the 2016 HSBN Fall Classic.

Even for those clubs that did not win and advance, the Fall Classic brought exactly what they hoped for in the last competitive action of the fall season. Players enjoyed fresh competition with a little more at stake than most other fall games, and coaches enjoyed the opportunity to determine where their guys are at heading into the spring season.

“This was very productive,” said Richard Benavides, manager of Knights Baseball 18U. “We got to see where we’re at and what we need to work on to be competitive in the spring.”

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