MIAMI — The Bayside Yankees offer a little something that other teams in the 2017 Premier Baseball Junior Championship that others might not have.
The allure of New York City.
The team’s home field — depending on the traffic — is about 20 minutes from Yankee Stadium, according to coach Bobby Cruz.
“The out of town guys we always try to take them into the city for a little sightseeing the stadiums and what have you,” Cruz said. “It’s not anything special for the local guys.”
The Yankees rallied for an 11-10 win against the Houston Heat Black (coming back from a four-run deficit twice), but dropped a 12-2 decision to Arlington A’s Biggins in Pool E play Wednesday, July 19 at NEO’s Homa Thomas Field.
Bayside completed pool play Thursday evening against the Southern Athletics at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.
The Yankees were a charter member of Premier Baseball in 2004.
Mike Cuseta is president and head coach and Cruz is executive vice president.
Cruz is head coach of the underclass prospect team and recruiting liaison.
He played collegiate baseball at St. Francis College and was a coach at Hofstra from 2004-2009. This is his fourth season as a Bayside coach.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, a four-time all-star and three-time World Series champion, is an alum of the Bayside program.
The Yankee roster is primarily home grown talent, but this year’s team has four out-of-town players, including one from San Antonio, Texas.
Cruz said several of the players have committed to schools in the northeast.
“Our rule is anybody that is good, it doesn’t matter where they live, we will house them,” Cruz said.
The Yankees flew in to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport then bused on up to Joplin, where the team is staying.
“We have a good relationship with the Midwest Nationals, so we used their bus for this week,” Cruz said. “They picked us up at the airport and we have their bus for this week.”
In other games at Thomas Field on Wednesday, it was Southern Athletics 9, Arlington A’s Biggins 4, and Houston Heat Black 11, Southern Athletics 1.
Scores at Joe Pollock Field/Miami Stadium were St. Louis Prospects 9, Arkansas Prospects 5; Austin Wings Black 8, Beaumont Gladiators; Austin Wings Black 10, St. Louis Prospects 2, and Beaumont Gladiators 10, Arkansas Prospects 0.
Only two games were scheduled for Miami Thursday, with both at Homa Thomas Field: Pool C, Houston Kyle Chapman vs. Fort Worth Cats, 9:30 a.m., and Pool A, Dallas Mustangs Randle vs. Building Champions White, noon.
There will be four consolation games each at Homa Thomas Field and Joe Pollock on Friday and Saturday.
Teams will play three more pool play games Friday and Saturday with the pool champions in each of the eight championship pools advancing to quarterfinals Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Consolation pool play will narrow down from 14 teams to four for the consolation semifinals Sunday morning at Warren Turner Field on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
The championship semifinals and title game will be played at Joe Becker Stadium, also on Sunday.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.