On March 12, the NCAA announced the cancellation of the D-I spring sports schedule, which means there will be no 2020 College World Series in Omaha this June.
Triple Crown appreciates the hundreds of teams registered in the SlumpBuster looking forward to seeing CWS games. While Triple Crown sorts through new options to add value to the event, we’re hoping teams can hold off on requesting refunds, to give us time to come up with alternative options. We will be extending the deadline for refunds (minus the 10% administrative fee) from April 1 to April 15.
We are already in contact with our hotel partners in expectation that we can secure significant discounts on room rates now that the NCAA won’t be in town. Ideas are already in motion as the City of Omaha and TCS look for ways to work together to make the SlumpBuster memorable.
A vast number of teams come to the SlumpBuster for baseball, and we are ready to deliver, with 40-plus states represented – large brackets (Session 1 & 3) and varied competition against teams you’d never see otherwise.
In the meantime, please let TC’s hard-working staff make progress on these issues over the next few days. Event directors will keep your coach in step with developments as we work to make the 2020 Omaha SlumpBuster an event you’ll treasure forever.
*Parents, please communicate with your Head Coach in regards to event questions and updates.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Baseball superstar Domingo Ayala has always been a gracious champion, ready to share critical insight on how to play the game even if the mortals in the audience would be lucky to even approach his skill set.
But rather than retire early, sit back and wait for his Hall of Fame wing to be built, the YouTube and social media All-Star is back in action, as Triple Crown Sports has announced details for the six stops of the 2020 TC Baseball Domingo Ayala Tour.
This will be the fifth year TC baseball and Domingo have joined forces. He has performed in a variety of settings, from indoor sports facilities, sports complexes, youth baseball fundraisers, corporate events and even in MLB locker rooms. Ayala’s unconventional journey to excellence provides a great deal of comedic material that scores of fans, even those outside the diamond sports, have embraced over the years.
His fearsome batting and pitching statistics, which might be hard to verify, are right in step with these rock-solid and impressive numbers:
Facebook: 321,000 followers
Instagram: 281,000 followers
YouTube: 191,000 subscribers, 38 million total video views
Twitter: 84,000 followers
Here’s the schedule for the 2020 Domingo Ayala TC Tour:
March 13-14 – Arizona Spring Championships, Session 2
March 20-21 – Arizona Spring Championships, Session 3
June 11-12 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 1
June 18-19 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 3
July 20 – TCS World Series, Park City, UT
July 28 – TCA World Series, Steamboat Springs, CO
“Triple Crown Baseball knows how to muscle up and give the best experience to the youth baseball market, much like how Domingo Ayala muscles up to blast a home run on pretty much every at-bat,” said Sean Hardy, VP of Sports at TCS. “We are thrilled to have him back for 2020, interacting with our fans, signing autographs and taking pictures that make TCS events even more memorable.”
Look for details on upcoming appearances at www.domingobeisbol.com
About Domingo Ayala
At the age of 2, Domingo Ayala started playing baseball. It wasn't long after that when he became one of the best players in his hometown of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. In his pursuit to make it to the MLB, Ayala packed his bags and moved to the United States.
Now, the self-proclaimed best baseball player in the world still claims to be 17 years old. Though many believe him to be slightly older, no one has seen a birth certificate to disprove his claim. As he travels the world teaching baseball, his ultimate goal is still to make it to the big leagues.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 35 years, with more than 90 events scheduled for 2020 in the arenas of youth baseball, fastpitch, basketball, lacrosse and volleyball. The TCS footprint includes both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.
When the CTX Crusaders Red faced off against the Dulins Dodgers TX in the 12u Platinum Championships of the 2019 Omaha SlumpBuster, the title was guaranteed to belong to the Lone Star State. The Dodgers, head coach Lance Spivey and his boys made sure it was headed to McKinney, slipping past the Crusaders, 3-1.
“I’m super proud of this group,” said Spivey. “They competed all weekend long. We were consistent all weekend long, even when things didn’t go our way. I’m proud of their body language and their energy. It was a great way to end a long week.”
Only minutes after handling Iowa Sticks Red in the semifinals, Dulins wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard in the championship bout. Leadoff hitter Seth Yeamans climbed aboard with a single and quickly scampered around the bases to score on a duo of errors from the Crusaders’ defense.
The runs would not stop there.
Judd White, Jackson Miles and Mason Parsons all recorded hits. Even starting pitcher Brody Walls got in the action with an RBI double. In total, the Dodgers plated three runs, setting the tone early.
“Their pitchers were doing a great job of mixing it up,” said White. “We just had to stay balanced and do what we do best. Play our brand of baseball.”
Lead and momentum in hand, Walls trotted out the mound looking to get his team back to the plate as quickly as he could. Despite giving up a leadoff double and a run scored, Walls settled in, dialing up two popups and a strikeout to end the inning.
“My change-up was really working for me today,” Walls explained. “As it started to rain, my fastball started to slip a ton and dive into the dirt. My change-up came in clutch in the end.”
Two straight 1-2-3 innings at the dish meant Walls had to remain steady as his team clung to its 3-1 lead.
“It’s really relieving when you hang a pitch or miss your spot with a fastball that you can rely on your defense to make a play,” said Walls.
Time and time again, Walls utilized a mix of strikeouts and his defense to keep the Crusaders at bay. In his four innings of work, Walls struck out two, walked only one and surrendered just a single run. Even when a come-backer struck him in the hand in the third inning leading to a highlight-worthy 1-4-3 double play, Walls persevered and stayed in the contest.
“Love the compete factor in a kid like that,” Spivey said. “Takes one off the palm of the hand that was coming in there hot, settles himself back down and finishes off the game.”
Much like the persistence of the Dodgers throughout the SlumpBuster tournament, the rain in Omaha would not let up on Sunday afternoon. With four full innings completed, conditions were too dangerous to move forward and as the Dodgers were in front, 3-1, Dulins grabbed the 12u Platinum championship.
“We came to together as a team this week,” said White. “It’s a huge accomplishment for all of us. All the hard work that we’ve put in at practice paid off this week.”
The SlumpBuster marks the end of the Summer schedule for Spivey and company but a win in the top bracket of the 12u division will make the offseason a little bit sweeter.
“The Dodgers is a storied organization,” Spivey said. “It’s a good win and good for the organization. We’re ending our Summer with this tournament but we want these kids to keep playing baseball well after this.”
Eight teams powered through pool play, finishing a perfect 2-0 in the 12u Division at the 2019 Omaha SlumpBuster. Crusaders Red, Osseo Maple Grove Storm, Illinois Black Sox, CPYL Patriots, Iowa Sticks Red, F.S.A Elite, C2C Outlaws and Dulins Dodgers each locked a spot in the single-elimination bracket that will begin Sunday morning.
Showcasing diverse talents from across the United States, three of the eight teams hale from the Lone Star State while the remaining five represent Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois.
Crusaders Red (TX) earned the No. 1 overall seed, scoring 31 runs while pitching a shutout in both of its games in Pool T. They will go head-to-head against eight-seeded Osseo Maple Grove Storm (MN) who put up a staggering 37 runs in two contests.
The C2C Outlaws (SD) also kept a clean sheet in pool play to grab the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 Dulins Dodgers (TX). The winner of the matchup will take on the winner of No. 3 Iowa Sticks Red and F.S.A Elite (IN) who settled in No. 6 position.
Patrons at Kelley Complex will be treated to a fourth highly-anticipated battle when fourth-seeded Illinois Black Sox take on No. 5 CPYL Patriots (TX).
It’s not often a team who musters just a single hit in a game walks away with a victory. Premier OKC Athletics weren’t deterred by its lack of offense on Saturday, scoring four runs in the final inning to beat Hawks Gold – Piesko, 5-4, advancing to the 13u semifinals at the 2019 Omaha SlumpBuster.
“These guys brought it from the get-go,” said head coach Shaun Corso. “They brought the energy and they never gave up, even when they only had just one hit.
“I’m an offensive coach. I love hitting and we just didn’t do it today but the guys just found a way to push some runs across the plate with their backs against the wall.”
Pitchers on both sides came out dueling.
The Hawks’ Colton King walked a batter in the top of the first inning, one of two he would surrender. His four innings of working included seven strikeouts and just one unearned run.
For Premier, Ty Parker threw the first four frames before handing the keys over to Gaven Delmas. Together, the two combined for eight strikeouts and just three earned runs.
“Ty Parker went out there and shoved,” Corso said. “He made one mistake all day. Gaven didn’t look so hot at the beginning but I went out there and told him that his teammates needed him. He got into his groove and it was fortunate the way things turned out.”
OKC struck first blood in the third inning. Only four batters came to the plate but a Seth Carlson walk combined with two throwing errors allowed Carlson to scamper home for the game’s first run.
The score remained 1-0 until the fourth inning when Evan Haeger launched a solo shot over the fence for the Hawks. Two innings later, Tanner Sonntag rocketed a two-run shot out of the park, stretching the Gold lead, 3-0.
“We know what we’re capable of,” said Carlson. “We’ve all hit well in practice a million times. We just needed to take it out on the field.”
Down to its final three outs and trailing 3-1, the Athletics needed something special.
Patient at the plate all afternoon long, OKC drew four walks in six batters, scoring a run and creeping within one, 3-2. Finally, with the game on the line, Carlson delivered the only hit for OKC, sending home Owen Hall and tying the game.
“I just had to trust myself,” said Carlson. “I just wanted to stay locked in and keep my hands back. It worked out at a good time.”
A batter later, Delmas popped up in the infield but an error from the Hawks’ catcher gave OKC two more runs to make it 5-3.
Delmas had one last job to do in the bottom end of the seventh when he returned to the mound. The Hawks crawled within one on a walk and an error but Delmas kept pounding the strike zone, eventually tallying the final swing and a miss to end the game, 5-4.
“I was just telling myself to trust my stuff,” said Delmas. “If anything, don’t worry if they got on base and move on to the next batter. I trusted my teammates and we got a big out right there.”
OKC moves on to the 13u semifinals on Sunday morning in Council Bluffs. Until then, the young men from Oklahoma have plenty of time to reflect upon one of their biggest wins of the season.
“Winning this game gives us a lot of belief going forward,” Delmas explained. “It means we know we can win close games, we know we can come from behind and it means we're not a team to be messed with.”