2019: AWAA Wins in Expanded National Field After Regionals Get Cut
Updated: May 24
Regionals were discontinued in 2019, however the host committee decided to accept more teams to the national tournament. This national tournament had 18 teams competing, making it the largest one to date. Pool play had a slight switch up due to the new number of teams. The new format made it six pools of three teams, giving each team two pool play games. In response to the decrease in number of pool play games, the time limit on pool play games were lifted so all six innings were played. The double elimination bracket stayed at 16 teams, however prior to the bracket beginning the bottom four teams in the standings played for the 15 and 16 seeds.
The tournament welcomed three new teams to NWLA Tournament play, they were MLW, out of Brighton, MI, MAW, out of York, PA, and HWL, out of Hillsdale, MI. MAW placed the best out of the rookies, as they finished in fourth place. The reigning champions, WILL, rolled through pool play to obtain the number one seed in the bracket. However, AWAA, downed them in the second round and continued their roll through Sunday on way to winning the Cup. GBL managed to make the tournament finals for the second straight year, but fell short yet again. Kyle Von Schleusingen pitched a 3-0 record with a 0.63 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and 3 walks for AWAA, all in bracket play, to earn the MVP award.
Champions: American Wiffle Association of America
Tournament MVP: Kyle Von Schleusingen (AWAA)
Home Run Derby Champion: Tim McElrath (MAW)
ASG MVP: Aidan Palmer (CCWB)
All Tournament Team:
Pitchers: Kyle Von Schleusingen (AWAA), Ryan Bush (OCWA), Tim McElrath (MAW)
Hitters: Jeremy Ratajcyzk (GBL), Caleb Jonkman (GBL), Jacob Davey (WILL)
Fielder: Brendan Dudas (CCWB)
Manager: Jim Cole (AWAA)
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Photos: Headshots/Teams | Pool Play & DE Games
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