Year after year, BPA fields some of the best teams in the country. In some years, championships reflect BPA’s status as one of the country’s best. This was the case in 2020, when BPA captured the Perfect Game 17U World Series and 16U Fall National Championship, in addition to winning the senior class Wilson Premier Classic. In others, end-of-year rankings speak to BPA’s excellence. Currently, Perfect Game ranks BPA as having the #10 15U/class of 2025 team in the county and the 13th-best 16U/class of 2024 club.
Another way of gauging BPA’s stature are the tournaments the organization is invited to participate in. From the PG World Series, the five-year run of Wilson Premier Classics, and the end-of-fall World Wood Bat Association World Championship, also known as Jupiter, where the best clubs gather, BPA is often there.
A week into 2022, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2022 summer schedule. On it, once again, is a weekend where BPA will go head-to-head against the nation’s best, participating in Perfect Game’s National Select Championship.
In the inaugural year of the National Select Championships, BPA was among a select couple of dozen programs to participate, last June in East Cobb. BPA fielded teams at three levels in the four-level tournament, a 17U, 15U, and 14U team. Rain disrupted the weekend’s schedule and nixed bracket play for BPA 2022. But the soggy weather did not prevent both BPA 2024 and BPA 2025 from reaching the final four of their respective tournaments.
This year, both will look to build off of strong showings in 2021.
According to Perfect Game, the National Select tournaments “(are) a strict invite only event, limited to 32 of the top teams in the country. This event will be relocation from Atlanta, GA and be held at the Premier Baseball of Texas facility in Tomball, Texas and surrounding facilities in the Greater Houston area.” Again this year, BPA will have three classes participate, BPA 2023, 2024 and 2025.
From June 9-13, the 17U and 15U tournaments will take place, with BPA 2023 and 2025 among the participants. While it will be the rising senior’s first time in the tournament, the class of 2025 looks to show the same form that saw them go 4-1 last year. Before running out of steam in the semis, BPA 2025 went 3-0 in pool play, scoring 22 runs to their opponents’ four. BPA knocked off a talented South Oakland A’s team, 3-1, in the quarterfinals to finish with four wins.
A week later, from June 16-20, still in Tomball, BPA 2024 will look to capture the crown in the 16U tournament. Last year, the black and gold went 3-2-1, only a tight 6-5 loss to Diamond Gold preventing BPA from reaching the title game.
The National Select tournaments will be a good measuring stick for all three teams as their summers start to pick up steam. Good showings in Texas could parlay into successful showings over the next several weeks when BPA resumes Perfect Game action with the much anticipated World Wood Bat Association National Championships.