Cincy Flames Teams Finish Up Incredible Seasons -
The summer is now over and the crack (or ping) of bats has ceased. However, the summer was quite kind to those in Flames' uniforms! Here is a recap of how each of our teams did over the summer:
8U - Finished the year 23-7 overall. Went 9-1 East Division of the Southwest Ohio League which was good enough for 1st place!
9U - In 2017 the nine-year-old Cincy Flames went 41-9. They won two championships and finished runner up in the 9U Cincy Flames Summer Classic.
10U - The 10U Cincy Flames finished a very rewarding 2017 season with an overall record of 50-4, and the team was ranked #1 by USSSA in the state of Ohio. The team competed in 11 tournaments, of which it won 7, and was the runner-up in 2. A couple of the significant tournament victories included the USSSA State Championship, and the 10U Cincy Flames Summer Classic. The team finished the season winning the PBR World Series at Grand Park in a commanding fashion, scoring 98 runs and allowing 17, over 6 games. In addition to the PBR World Series victory, 4 of our players were USSSA All American selections, and 3 of our players participated in and were on the winning team of the PBR Future Stars Event in Grand Park!
11U - The 11U Cincy Flames started the 2017 season strong with a tournament win in the Kings Spring Classic, defeating Midland in the finals 14-13. This was an epic championship game that went back and forth for ten innings and lasted over three hours. Our Flames boys showed true grit and resilience, never giving up, and fighting hard for the last run.
That was the first of three tournament championships for the 11U Cincy Flames which included the USSSA Cincy Super NIT, where they again defeated Midland in the finals (6-3), and the 2017 11U Cincy Flames Classic, beating the West Virginia Gamers in the finals 5-4. The team also had some tough championship losses, finishing as runner-up in the Perfect Game Kentucky Spring Fling in Elizabethtown, losing to the Indiana Bulls Black (2-8), and finishing in second place in the USSSA State Championships, losing to the Nats (0-6).
2017 was a pivotal season for the 11U Flames where coaches urged the boys to take ownership of the team. Coaches didn’t shout instructions during games, and they entrusted the catchers to call pitches. Many natural leaders soon emerged, and while these great accomplishments aren’t seen on the box scores, the players should be proud of their growth.
The 11U Cincy Flames team is currently ranked 8th in the nation by USSSA, out of 436 teams in the 11U Major division. They finished the season with a record of 48-9 and were undefeated in the Southwest Ohio League. And for the third straight year, four players from the 11U Cincy Flames were selected to play for Team Ohio in the PBR Junior Future Games.
12U - The 12U Flames finished 61-15-1. They were able to win 7 championships (Bo Dome, Pigeon Forge Cal Ripken, Spring Break Tourney, USSSA Global World Series Qualifier, Indy Super NIT, Wayne Williams Memorial, Cincinnati Select 30 Super NIT), and become runner up in two more (12U Cincy Flames Summer Classic, Cooperstown). The biggest accomplishment for the season was finishing runner up at Cooperstown going 10-1 over the week. The team hit 57 HR, hit .538 as a team, all while facing kids throwing up to 79 mph. The Flames finally lost in the finals, 12-11, to the SWA Storm out of Tennessee. The team played all year and never gave up competing all year 110%. They also had a player Colt Emerson (who is actually 11U eligible) make Team USA 12U who is competing in Taiwan right now. The future looks bright for 2018 - stay tuned we will be fun to watch.
13U - The 2017 13U Cincy Flames had a successful season, competing against the Midwest's best teams in tournaments throughout the region. The team couldn't escape Mother Nature with multiple tournaments being cut short or cancelled completely. The boys made deep runs in many of the tournaments, including the Ohio Major Elite in Bowling Green, Bull Super Select in Indianapolis, Wayne Williams Memorial in Columbus and USSSA Select 30 Super NIT in Cincinnati. The Flames were once again crowned champions of the 13U Cincy Flames Summer Classic defeating a very strong team in the Lincoln Way Prospects from Chicago in the finals. One of the highlights of the season came the following weekend in 10 inning victory over Force Ohio in the PBR World Series. The team made it to the semi finals of the PBR World Series where they lost to the eventual champions from Oakland, MI. The team heads into the 14U season with Karl Williams and Jason Ebbing returning as coaches. The team has 9 returning players and will welcome 4 new players that will help us continue to build on past success.
- 2017 Nations Cincinnati Shootout Champions
- 2017 Kings Spring Classic Champions
- 2017 USSSA Global World Series Qualifier Champions
- 2017 Warren County Summer Slam Champions
- 2017 Warren County Preseason Showdown Runner-up
Top National Wins:
- Motor City Hit Dogs
- Evoshield Canes Midwest
- East Cobb Colt 45’s
The 2020 15U Cincy Flames season included 7 tournaments over the summer. They opened with a championship, winning the first tournament of the season, the Perfect Game BA Columbus. The following weekend, the Flames finished 3rd in the 16U division of the Cincinnati Stix Slugfest. In the hosted 15U Cincy Flames Summer Classic, the Flames met the eventual champions in the 2nd round of the Gold Bracket and lost in a well-played 2-1 ball game. The second half of the summer season kicked off June 29th with the 16U Cincy Flames Summer Classic, where the Flames made the Bronze Bracket. The next tournament had the Flames traveling to Westfield, IN for the Amateur Baseball Championships. There the Flames made the final 16 of the Gold Bracket losing in their 4th game of that Saturday. The Buckeye Elite was the next slated tournament where weather didn’t cooperate during the week. The Flames were the eventual winners of the Silver Bracket. The Flames closed out the season playing in the Dinger Bat World Series losing in the quarter finals of the Gold Bracket. The Flames concluded their 2017 campaign with a record of 30-13.
16U - They finished the season with a record of 25-23 playing a heavy weighted 17U schedule.
- Beat Midland in a round robin;
- Won the 17U TOC Gold Bracket
- Won the 16/17U Dinger Wood Bat World Series Gold Bracket
- 2 - 2019 graduates signed to College
- Duncan Hall 2019 Miamisburg signed with Louisville
- Blake Smith 2019 Badin signed with Kent State
- CHAMPIONS - 17U Cincy Flames Summer Classic, June 22-25, 2017
- CHAMPIONS - 16/17U Top Gun Wood Bat World Series, July 20-23, 2017
18U - The 18U Flames finished 21-9 on the year. The team made the championship round of every tournament in which they participated. They finished Runner-Up in the 18U Dinger Wood Bat World Series and in the top 8 (out of 84 teams) in the Buckeye Elite.