Local teams do well in youth nationals

CNJ staff

Clovis teams captured five of the nine divisions over the weekend in the USSSA youth slow-pitch recreation-level national championship tournament at Guy Leeder Complex.

A total of 46 teams participated in the three-day event, including 27 from Clovis.

Boys winners from Clovis were Too Clean in the 16-and-under division, the Clovis Reds in the 14-and-under bracket and Lock ‘n’ Load in 12-and-under competition.

Too Clean was the winners bracket champion, but then lost to Amarillo Be4Real 18-7 in the first championship game before coming back to win 24-21 in the if-necessary contest.

The Clovis Reds swept through their four-team round-robin, thumping the Clovis Crushers 21-3 in their finale on Sunday to finish with a 3-0 record.

Lock ‘n’ Load went 4-0 in its five-team division, winning all of its games on Saturday by a combined score of 69-9.

The fourth boys champion, the Amarillo Sox, beat the Clovis Phillies 19-3 on Sunday and went 4-0 in its five-team bracket.

Clovis had champions in the two eldest of five divisions on the girls side. The Clovis Lady Braves won the senior division (ages 16-19), while Go Hard or Go Home took the 14-and-under crown.

The Lady Braves went 3-0 in their four-team bracket, finishing it off with a 20-17 win over the second-place Clovis Heat on Sunday.

Go Hard or Go Home went 4-0 in a three-team, double-round-robin bracket, outlasting second-place Clovis Diamond Pride 16-11 on Sunday to nail down the top spot.

The two entries from Seminole, Okla., each won championships — The Blaze going undefeated through the 12-and-under division while Whatever needed an if-necessary game to outlast the Hobbs Thrashers 11-7 for the 8-and-under title.

The Haltom (Texas) Horns took the 10-and-under division, going 3-0 in a four-team bracket and edging the Clovis Lil Divas 8-7 in Sunday’s finale.