Zoned RedHawks Kick Off the Tournament Season With Impressive Performances
June 18, 2013. (Bridgewater, New Jersey) – It may be the first full season for the Zoned RedHawks Elite program, but the RedHawks have already started the season off on the right foot. The 13U RedHawks, coached by Zoned owner Duke Baxter, survived a marathon-Sunday to win the championship of the Richmond County (Staten Island) Big Apple Classic. After heavy rain forced a change in the tournament schedule, the RedHawks won four consecutive games on Sunday (June 9th) to finish undefeated and take home the championship trophy. Their record for the weekend was an impressive 4-0-1, outscoring their five opponents by a count of 30-15. Playing on the opposite side of New Jersey from the 13U team, in a tournament also affected by the heavy rain, the 14U RedHawks produced a championship effort of their own. Lead by Coach Chris Eickhorst, the 14U Redhawks won three consecutive games on Sunday (June 9th) to win the championship of the ECTB (Allentown) 8th Annual On Deck Classic. Despite losing the first game of the tournament to All Star Baseball Academy – Westchester, the Redhawks were able to recover and get some revenge in the championship game, taking advantage of a second chance against ASBA with a 15-6 victory. Overall, the Redhawks finished 3-1 in the rain-shortened tournament, outscoring their opponents by an impressive 42-21 margin. Lastly, the 17U Redhawks put forth an impressive performance of their own this past week (June 14-16). In their first tournament action of the season, the 17U team finished in a solid 5th place out of 40 teams in the Richmond County (Staten Island) 18U Shoot For The Stars Invitational. For the weekend, the Redhawks finished with a record of 3-1-1, losing a 2-1 heartbreaker in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament co-champions, the Next Level Titans, a team comprised of graduated seniors on their way to play college baseball and a few whom were drafted in hope to potentially play pro baseball. The Redhawks averaged a solid six runs per game for the tournament, finishing with a final scoring margin of 29-11. When all was said and done, the Zoned Redhawks Elite program kicked off its inaugural season in a big way. With the momentum from their outstanding start coupled with a full slate of tournaments just around the corner, the Redhawks have the opportunity to continue building on a rock solid foundation. The sky is the limit for this first year program, and based off of the way things have started, these Redhawks are going to soar.
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