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Tournaments | Story | 5/26/2022

Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Season

Riley Sheppard     
Photo: Jacob Kendall (Perfect Game)
PG Southeast Memorial Day Classic

Over 280 teams will be in attendance for the 2022 Southeast Memorial Day Classic in Atlanta, Georgia from May 26-30.

With teams ranging from as young as 9U all the way up to 18U, there will be no shortage of talent playing in the ATL this week.

That talent includes Team Elite 14U National, who will have two top-70 players in the Class of 2026 in right-handed pitcher Jack Ryan and outfielder Colton Guillot.

Thirty of the top-400 players in the Class of 2025 will be in attendance as well, with 5 Star National 15u Black and East Cobb Astros 15u having a combined seven players in the top-100 between the two teams.

Included on the 5 Star roster are a pair of elite shortstops in Jacob Kendall and Jackson Roper, both University of Florida commits, along with the No. 2 left-handed pitcher in the Class of 2025 and University of Kentucky commit, Luke Pappano.

The East Cobb Astros 17U team will be representing some of the best in the Class of 2023. With shortstop Dylan Cupp, outfielders Justin Best, John Cooper Williams and Michael Graziano, pitchers Drew Sofield and Ethan Robinson, and first baseman, Jackson McKenzie, the Astros will have seven players ranked inside the top-100 going into the tournament.

PG East Memorial Day Classic (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Southwest Florida will be hosting over 150 teams across four age divisions in the East Memorial Day Classic from May 27-30.

Teams will be playing among an array of different ballparks between Fort Myers and Cape Coral across the full four days of baseball.

All four age groups will have a multitude of talent to watch on the diamond, starting off with Manny Lantigua. The shortstop and No. 13 player in the Class of 2025 will be playing for Original Florida Pokers; Lantigua and his team play their first game on Friday at Riverdale High School at 6:15 pm.

Fabio Peralta will be the player to watch in 16U. A top-10 player in the Class of 2024, the outfielder, who is from Miami and committed to play for his hometown Hurricanes back in March, batted .417 and drove in 21 RBI last season.

Joining the Canes' baseball team prior to Peralta was Daniel Cuvet. The No. 16 player and No. 3 third baseman in the Class of 2023 will be one of the many ranked players playing for Elite Squad 17U this weekend.

Leading the charge in 18U will be two Neb National products, Colby Shelton and Dakota Stone. Shelton, an infielder committed to play for the University of Alabama, will look to add onto his 2021 campaign where his on-base percentage topped .526.

East Memorial Day Classic (Sanford, Fla.)

Six different age divisions will be traveling to the Boombah Sports Complex in Sanford, Florida to square off in the East Memorial Day Classic from May 27-30.

The 14U division will be a sight to see, as the 26-team field will be featuring the very best in their age range. With over 20 players ranked inside the top-100, the talent will be on full display in Sanford.

Quentin Young, a shortstop out of Camarillo, California and third-best player in the Class of 2026, will be playing for the Padres 2026 Scout Team. Young’s teammate for the Padres and fellow shortstop Keon Johnson comes in ranked just behind him at No. 11.

Florida State commit and right-handed pitcher Brayden Harris comes in at No. 14 on the national rankings. Harris, who will be representing Burn Atlantic, allowed just 3 earned runs in 95 innings on the mound last season to go along with 113 strikeouts.

PG West Memorial Day Classic

There will be 178 teams across six age divisions (13U-18U) converging on Surprise, Arizona this weekend for the West Memorial Day Classic, held at the Surprise Spring Training Complex, home of the spring sites for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, from May 27-30.

The top-end talent at the 14U level really sticks out, as 11 top-100 players out of the 2026 class are rostered for the event. Fs21 Stars-GBG 2026 will benefit from much of that talent, with Grady Emerson (No. 4 overall), Ryan Harwood (No. 9), Brady Murrrietta (No. 34), and Ethan Trahan (No. 36) all suiting up for the team.

In total across the divisions, there are close to 20 top-100 talents set to play in the desert, and more top-500 talent than you can keep track of.

PG Memorial Day Classic (Puerto Rico)

The PG Memorial Day Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico will start on May 26 and conclude on May 29. Nearly 50 teams among four age divisions all around Puerto Rico will be participating in hopes to walk away with some hardware.

Game 1 in 12U will be on Friday at 9:00 am between the Thunderwolves and Caimito at Trebol Fajardo field. With just seven teams in the division, 12U will be the second smallest age group this weekend.

14U will start things off bright and early in the Memorial Day Classic, with first pitch on Thursday scheduled for 9:00 am. The 15 teams in this group will either be playing at Parque Bariada Main and Parque Ruben Gomez throughout the tournament.

In the most competitive age group in the tournament, 16U will have 20 teams competing to walk away with the championship. Teams will be playing across three different fields in Manati, Puerto Rico with each team getting three games guaranteed.

With just six teams in their pool, 18U has the least amount of teams among the four ages. The oldest group with start things off on Thursday at 9:00 am as 3MCR Caciques and Idahs White will square off in hopes to come away with a title.

PG Mid-South Memorial Day Classic

The Mid-South Memorial Day Classic in Memphis, Tennessee will start things off on Friday, May 27 and go until May 29.

The tournament will be played at the USA Stadium Complex and have two age divisions: 14U and 15U.

15U will have nine teams in their division and will begin play at 3:00 pm on Friday, with the first game between the Yalobusha Giants and Velo/Tg. Each team will have four games guaranteed.

In the 14U division, the six teams competing will have three games guaranteed and will begin play on Saturday at 10:00 am.

PG Memorial Day Classic (Marion, Iowa)

The Prospect Meadows Sports Complex in Marion, Iowa will be host of the 13U and 14U 2022 PG Memorial Day Classic from May 28-29.

Twelve teams from across the country will be competing in both divisions, with teams from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota making the trip.

Each team will have four games guaranteed across the two-day tournament and a champion will be crowned by Sunday evening.

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