The 2020 summer season will go down as an unforgettable one. Yes, the summer presented challenge after challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no college tours through the south or Midwest, and scheduling games required creativity in finding an opponent and permitted place to play. But for all of the headaches, obstacles and discombobulation, it was also a summer to remember for one very good reason: BPA cemented its place as one of the country’s premier baseball organizations.
As attention shifts to the fall season with the calendar’s turn to September, Perfect Game provided a updated look at the top travel teams in the country with end-of-summer rankings. At the 15u, 16u and 17u level, BPA’s strong summer on the diamond is reflected in the rankings, staking claim as one of the country’s most elite organizations, undoubtedly the best based out of California.
Finishing runners-up in Perfect Game’s WWBA 15u National Championship, BPA checks as the fourth-best team in the country in the 15u age group. The 9-2 showing en route to finishing second in the tournament comes on the heels of a 3-1 showing in last October’s WWBA Freshman World Championship. BPA is the No. 1 organization based west of the Mississippi River among 15u teams.
The top organization in the western United States at the 16u level is also BPA. The No. 12 team in the country, BPA’s 16u summer was highlighted by a 7-1 showing in the WWBA 16u National Championship. Reaching the quaterfinals, BPA won their pool and earned the No. 1 seed in bracket play in the 248-team field. A perfect 5-0 showing in pool play, BPA did not allow an earned run, outscoring the opposition 33-0.
Fittingly, BPA’s summer season ended with a title, a triumph that anchors a three-for-three showing in the top 15 rankings. In their final summer Perfect Game event, BPA’s 17u team captured the Perfect Game 17u World Series, Aug. 10-14, in Tomball, Texas. The 6-0 run helped BPA check in as the No. 15 17u team in the country, and become the third level within the organization to be ranked as the best in the West. BPA went 9-3-1 in their summer games in Perfect Game tournaments, starting with a 3-3-1 run in the WWBA 17u National Championship in July.
BPA will have at least one more opportunity to rise up the ranks as the 17u/2021 grads will compete in the WWBA World Championship, Oct. 8-12, in Fort Myers, Fla, which will coincide with the Freshman World Championships which BPA will also participate in.