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Blueprint for Success
Locals claim another national championship
Photo provided--Blueprint Baseball celebrates a tournament win. They have won two major tournaments in two weeks.

In one of the top 16U national tournaments in the country, drawing 97 teams from the U.S. and Canada, Blueprint Baseball defeated all comers and won the University of Louisville - 16U National Championships at AAA Louisville Bats stadium (Louisville Slugger Field) Sunday after a final 9-1 victory over the Alabama Legends which ended a whirlwind 9-game series.
Blueprint is a travel team out of Murfreesboro, consisting of four Warren County members including Will Cantrell, Ethan Smith, Brooks Helton and Jack Keele. The team just came off another tournament in Nebraska with a similar outcome, as they won the Omaha Slumpbuster Classic winning title, fame and some really nice rings.
“It was a blast,” said Blueprint coach Josh Renick. “We had a tough run and did really well. It was nine games in five days. We competed with a lot of energy and it was fun being there to watch.”
One of the more highly scouted 16U events on anyone’s board, Blueprint Baseball won a second ring trophy in as many weeks as they were given national championship rings for their victories last week.
Pool winners, which Blueprint Baseball was one, competed in a single-elimination tournament beginning Saturday evening. After the Saturday evening preset matchups, teams were seeded 1-8 based off record through all games played to that point to determine Sunday’s lineup.
Blueprint competed with superiority, leaving a wake of offense in their trail by outscoring their opponents 71-22, with 9 runs coming from a tough matchup against Canada’s Windsor Selects ball club Saturday evening. Blueprint took the win by 1 run, 10-9.
Another close call for Blueprint (29-3) was against Ohio’s Haubner Hornets, as Blueprint took a narrow 2-1 victory Sunday at noon at the University of Louisville to continue down the tournament trail.
For the season, Smith leads the team with a .534 batting average hitting from the leadoff spot. In 30 games played, he has 39 hits and has walked 30 times for a .673 on-base percentage, all tops on the team. He also has a team-leading 41 runs scored and is fourth in RBIs with 23.
Helton has appeared in 20 games and has a .304 batting average. He has also pitched 16 innings with a 2.63 ERA in compiling a 2-1 record in four starts.
Cantrell has played in 16 games and has a .207 batting average.
Keele is used as a pitcher and is second on the team with 29.1 innings pitched and has a 5-0 record in five starts. He has an impressive .716 ERA with 22 strikeouts.