Braves Host 4th Annual Youth Baseball Classic

The Atlanta Braves hosted the 4th Annual Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America on August 3-5. Forty teams ages 5 -12 competed in the exciting pool play style tournament held at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

Teams were broken into four divisions including 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds, and 11-12 year olds.  Each team played a total of three games, and the division leaders faced off in a championship game on Sunday evening.

Division Champions:

5/6 Division: Acworth Blue Warriors

7/8 Division: Georgia Force

9/10 Division: Jr. Braves Red Hawks

11/12 Division: Carroll County Lions

The 5/6 and 7/8 year-old teams each selected three players to compete in a baseball skills competition.  The three events consisted of the Golden Arm Throwing Contest, the Fleet Feet Baserunning Competition, and the Home Run Derby.  Skills Competition winners were recognized in an on-field presentation prior to the Braves vs. Astros game.

Skills Competition Winners:

5/6 Golden Arm:  Landon Daniels, North Macon All-Stars, Macon, GA 

7/8 Golden Arm: John Daniel Coleman, Ball Busters, Clyo, GA

5/6 Fleet Feet: Maliki Jeffries, Black Eagles, Lawrenceville, GA

7/8 Fleet Feet: Leighton Finley, Wayne County Buzz, Jesup, GA

5/6 Home Run Derby: Steven Gregory, Rockmart Yellow Jackets, Rockmart, GA

7/8 Home Run Derby: Hunter Roney, The Wolf Pack, Jenkinsburg, GA

During the weekend, all players received a Youth Baseball Classic t-shirt and Braves giveaways, and each team had the opportunity to meet and take a photograph with Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy.  Youth Baseball Classic participants and their families attended the Saturday, August 4 Braves vs. Astros game and were invited to participate in the pre-game parade at Turner Field.  Congratulations to all 600 Youth Baseball Classic Little Leaguers!

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