Tournaments | Story | 9/12/2019

Fall Champs invade the desert

Jeff Dahn        
Photo: Jake Vogel (Perfect Game)

PHOENIX – Perfect Game is pleased to announce that its annual PG WWBA Fall National Championships Protected by G-Form are returning to the West Valley of the Sun this month with play taking place from Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 20-23 in three high school age divisions.

The Upperclass and Freshman Fall National Championships are first up, with teams taking to the fields at the Camelback Ranch Complex in far west Phoenix, the Goodyear (Ariz.) Ballpark Complex and the Peoria (Ariz.) Sports Complex Sept. 13-16.

The Underclass Fall National Championship will be contested on the fields at Camelback Ranch and the Surprise (Ariz.) Stadium Complex the next weekend, Sept. 20-23. Camelback Ranch is the Cactus League MLB spring training home of the Dodgers and White Sox, Goodyear is home to the Indians’ and Reds’ spring training camps, Peoria hosts the Mariners and the Padres and Surprise the Rangers and the Royals.


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Protected by G-Form begins at 1 p.m. Friday at Camelback, Goodyear and Peoria. Fifty teams from 10 states will compete for the title, with most of the entrants identifying Arizona, California and Colorado as their bases. But there is also a team (eXposure West Fall) that is based as far east as Tennessee and Gamers Baseball Upperclass, which calls Anchorage, Alaska, home.

CBA Marucci National won the 2018 Upperclass Fall championship and the program returns with another strong team this week. Ontario, Calif.-based CBA Marucci 2020 boasts a roster that includes six prospects from the 2020 class that are ranked in the top-461 nationally

It’s a number that includes PG All-American outfielder Jake Vogel, a UCLA commit from Huntington Beach, Calif., who is ranked No. 55 and catcher/corner-infielder Ildefonso Ruiz, a San Diego State commit from San Ysidro, Calif., who comes in at No. 167.

Left-hander/outfielder Brock Selvidge, an LSU recruit out of Chandler, Ariz., is the highest ranked 2021 on the CBA Marucci 2020 roster, holding down the No. 37 spot. 2021 catcher Jack Holman from Wrightwood, Calif. (No. 264, UCLA) is also with CBA Marucci 2020.

Tacoma, Wash.-based GBG Northwest has four 2020s ranked in the top-450 on its roster, including PG All-American left-hander Ronan Kopp, an Arizona State commit from Scottsdale. GBG Marucci Navy 2020 has four 2020s ranked in the top 450 nationally, including middle-infielder Devan Ornelas from Chatsworth, Calif. (No. 175, TCU commit); 2021 catcher Charlie Saum from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (No. 136, Stanford) is also rostered with GBG Marucci Navy 2020.

2020 right-hander/infielder Joseph Dixon and 2020 shortstop Brayden Taylor lead what looks to be a very strong South Jordan, Utah-based Mountain West team. Dixon, a Stanford commit from South Jordan, and Taylor, a TCU commit out of West Jordan, Utah, are ranked Nos. 119 and 169, respectively.

Mesa, Ariz.-based Wilson Sandlot, a program that won the 2017 PG WWBA Upperclass Fall National Championship title, is back this year with a decidedly underclass group. Catcher Tanner Smith from Chandler (No. 295, Oregon State), third baseman Wes Kath from Scottsdale (No. 388, Arizona State) and catcher Ryan Campos from Mesa (No. 415, Arizona) are the top 2021s on the Sandlot roster.

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Protected by G-Form and this year’s field consists of 22 teams from five states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Murrietta, Calif.-based Dykstra Baseball took home the championship in 2018 and Dykstra Baseball 2023 is included in this year’s field. Play begins on Friday at 1 p.m. with all the action taking place in Peoria.

Las Vegas-based LVR, the program that won the inaugural Freshman Fall Championship in 2016, is back with another strong roster this weekend, featuring 2023 left-hander Zane Kelly, the No. 127-ranked overall prospect in his class, and four others ranked as top-1,000 or high follow.

The highest ranked 2023 in attendance will be Henderson, Nev.-based CBA Nevada catcher Nico Libed, a U. of San Diego commit out of Chula Vista, Calif.; he is ranked No. 118 nationally.

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Protected by G-Form will begin its four-day run on Friday, Sept. 20, with 54 teams from eight states competing on the fields at Camelback Ranch and Surprise. Teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Washington will be in attendance.

GBG Marucci 2020 Navy won the Underclass championship in 2018 and Garciaparra Baseball group has eight teams in this year’s field: Arizona 2021, Marucci 2021, Marucci Blue 2021, Marucci Blue 2021/22, Marucci Blue 2022, Marucci Navy 2021, Marucci Navy 2022 and Vegas.

GBG Vegas outfielder Irvin R. Weems III, a San Diego State commit out of Las Vegas, is among the highest ranked 2021 prospects at No. 183 nationally. GBG Marucci Navy 2021 left-hander Anthony Joya from Wilmington, Calif., enters the tournament as the No. 443-ranked national prospect in the class of 2021. Dykstra Baseball 2021 catcher Maxwell Shor enters at No. 191.

The San Diego-based CBA Wave – one of five CBA teams in the field, joining 16u Lockett, Bulldogs, Sacramento 16u-Kephart and Sacramento 17u – features four 2022s ranked in the top-496: third baseman Michael Rocha (No. 154), left-hander Spencer Seid (No. 208), first baseman Trevor Fox (No. 265) and third baseman Ryan Rivera (No. 496, U of San Diego commit).

Phoenix-based BCP (Brophy College Prep) comes in with first baseman Zach Wadas, the No. 48-ranked national prospect in the class of 2023.

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