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posted Jul 9, 2015, 7:57 PM by Alan Jacob

Triple Crown Summer Nationals headed to Myrtle Beach, SC
Thomas Hoffman - July 8, 2015 - Baseball Popular

For 13 years, the beach haven of Myrtle Beach, S.C., has played host to the TC Summer Nationals baseball event. In 2015, the Palmetto State will host more than 265 teams from July 16-29 across nine divisions (8’s kids pitch, 9-15’s, and 19’s wood bat) in a tournament that features immense diversity — with 25 states represented in the field as well as the Caribes from Caracas, Venezuela.  In 2014, each division was won by a team from a different state.

States featured in this year event include: Colorado (1), Connecticut (14), Delaware (1), Florida (7), Georgia (24), Illinois (8), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (4), Maryland (14), Massachusetts (11), Michigan (6), Missouri (2), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (15), New York (12), North Carolina (37), Ohio (26), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (15), South Carolina (17), Tennessee (3), Texas (10), Virginia (33) and West Virginia (5).

Over in the highly anticipated 13u and 14u divisions, we feature the Super 64 layout. Placed in a double elimination four-team bracket, teams will vie for the top seed. Dependent upon a team’s finish, it will be placed into one of three brackets; the top seeds will align themselves in the Summer Nationals Championship Bracket, the middle teams will fill in the Pelican Bracket, and the remaining teams make up the Beach Bracket.  The 14u Super 64 championship will be webcast live and free to view at The game is slated for Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

With an event of such magnitude, the Opening Ceremonies are expected to be equally spectacular. For another year, the show plays out at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Amid the vendors, music, and relentless pin trading, the teams that make their way to the home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will get to see their picture displayed high above the complex on the high-def Jumbotron.

Players will also get a chance to display their baseball prowess in the second-ever Skills Competition at Summer Nationals. Bunting, throwing accuracy, speed and bat exit speed are the four measurables that will produce a champion. Online registration is available now to reserve a spot in this intriguing event.

New in 2015 is the Early Prospect Player Combine. This unique opportunity will allow players to display their skills in front of college coaches while simultaneously receiving priceless instruction. Two sessions are available, July 20 and July 24, to gain knowledge in the recruiting process from actual college coaches, build usable video and measurement results to distribute among programs, and build potential relationships with coaches.

“College baseball recruiters are increasingly looking to scout prospects at an earlier age in order to gain a competitive edge,” said Andy Rojo, the director of Rising Prospects and the former Long Beach State recruiting coordinator.

“The ability to identity and evaluate underclass players is a critical component to the recruiting process. Those players who have the opportunity to experience measurement combines and college exposure camps are ahead of their peers. You can wait until they find you, or you can get right in front of them.”

Though baseball remains the focal point of the tournament, Myrtle Beach and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer to keep both players and families engaged. Myrtle Beach is home to 123 of the nation’s best golf courses, multiple amusement parks, great restaurants, endless entertainment and of course the majestic scenery of South Carolina’s northern shoreline.