Blue Wave’s first team to play games since March will compete SEPT 17-20 in the Southwest Wood Bat National Classic in Goodyear, Arizona.
Coach Aron Garcia is leading a Blue Wave Underclass team of high school freshmen and sophomores that will be competing against 28 teams in their division that includes San Diego Show, MVP Hustle, CBA, GBG, PBA Black, Saddleback Cowboys, Stars N’ Spikes, Scottsdale Dirtbags, Trosky, and more.
The tournament features four-games guaranteed, though first games will be played Thursday and Friday to establishing seeding for playoffs that end on Sunday SEPT 20.
You can follow the scores and standings online HERE on the tournament website.
“We are not sure what to expect, most our boys have not played completive baseball since the first of the year,” Blue Wave founder Steve Kruse said. “But everyone is excited to be playing finally.”
Based in Irvine, California, youth baseball has been on pause since the pandemic, though teams are now practicing under strict city, county and state COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
Full contact drills are still not allowed, games and tournaments are also prohibited in California at present. In fact, even high school sports have been throttled down to simple conditioning and social distance-based drills.
Until they can play local games and tournaments, Blue Wave is now scheduling selected travel tournaments out-of-state, starting with the Southwest Wood Bat National Classic in September, followed by the Triple Crown Fall Classic OCT 10-11 in Yuma, AZ.
“We started with the Underclass group, but we did not have room for all the boys that wanted to play,” Kruse noted. “We are now expanding the number of teams we will be sending to Yuma in October.”
For the Triple Crown event, Blue Wave will field 14U, 16U and 18U teams for the two-day event in Yuma. Blue Wave’s full-time players have priority to play in these events, but also open to outside players and “guests.”
“Our goal is to get the boys playing games every four to five weeks until we can resume regular games in our own back yard,” Kruse added. “But, at this point in time it may not happen until end of the year.”
If so, Kruse said Blue Wave will schedule travel events in November and December to keep players actively engaged in the game.
BLUE WAVE 2020 UNDERCLASS ROSTER
SOUTHWEST WOOD BAT NATIONAL CLASSIC SEPT 17-20
COACH ARON GARCIA