Nearly 1,100 exceptional ball players will go head to head during the MCYSA 11 U Summer International Championships going on July 24th through August 3, 2014 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This is the 10th consecutive year that MCYSA and McHenry Co. Illinois have hosted the Premier 11-Year-old Event in the World. MCYSA has partnered with Nations Baseball to build a tournament into the most prestigious 11 U amateur event in the world.
Teams from Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Indiana, Michigan, Japan and more will be competing. This is a Round-Robin format and each team is guaranteed a minimum of six games throughout the week.
One Missouri team has eight of their best players competing in this tournament. The Missouri Elite Team includes Cedar Metz and Gavin Claude of Carrollton, Justin Griffth, Brett Duncan, Logan Empson, and Brice Palmer of Odessa, Jesse Alishire from Pleasant Hill, Aiden Watson, and Garret Lampert, from Liberty, Devin Schweiso, Tyler Ellington, and Carter Day from Blue Springs.
These 13 elite players will be representing Missouri in this International Tournament.
Cedar Metz, 11, son of Scott and Jandi Metz of Carrollton plays outfield and pitcher and says that he hopes to pitch this week because that’s his favorite position.
Gavin Claud, 11, son of Michael and Marty Claud, of Carrollton plans on playing short-stop or pitcher during these games. He talks to KMZU’s Mandy Young about this trip.
The players have the option to attend an outing to the historic Wrigley Field versus the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.