BRYAN, Texas — Brazoswood High completed an undefeated 6-0 run through the NFCA Texas High School Leadoff Classic on Saturday night to capture the 27th edition of the long-running event held Feb. 16-18 in the adjacent cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas.
The Bucs beat Clear Springs High, 12-9, in the championship game at Travis Midtown Park to claim the gold bracket crown after defeating Cypress Bridgeland, 5-1, in the semifinals earlier in the day, while the Chargers reached the final with a 2-1 victory over Humble Kingwood.
Brazoswood beat Pasadena Memorial, 13-0, and Houston Cypress Woods, 5-0, on Friday, and opened tournament play on Thursday with a 10-6 triumph over San Antonio Cornerstone and a 4-1 win over Houston Langham Creek. Clear Springs’ perfect run to the final included wins over Northwest Eaton (6-0), Klein (17-2), Midland (15-1) and Waco Midway (6-5).
Meanwhile, Midland was the gold consolation winner, going 4-2 for the tournament and defeating Pasadena Dobie, 4-2, in the third-place game. Plano East captured the silver bracket, 4-2, over Lucas Lovejoy, and won five of its six contests, dropping just its opener, 3-1, to Cypress Woods.
A total of 60 teams competed in the tournament, which was rebranded from the Bryan-College Station Tournament a few years ago as part of the NFCA's high school tournament endorsement program. Thirty-two teams participated in the bracket championship division, while 28 others played a round-robin schedule. All 60 teams played two games on each of the three days, spread across 12 fields and six sites. Fifty-six of the 60 participants qualified for the playoffs last season.
The four high school locations were Bryan High, Rudder High, A&M Consolidated High and College Station High, and games were also contested at Travis Midtown Park and Veterans Park.
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Celebrating 40 years in 2023, the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded Leadoff Classic tournaments, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from webinars to legal counsel, to in-person events and the National Convention.