The Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational concluded on Friday in Bryan, Texas. Four teams, comprised of players from over 60 Division I institutions, competed in a Regional-style college baseball tournament. The tournament marked the first team sport to be played in the US since the COIVD-19 shutdown.
Saturday opened with a seven-inning elimination game between Liberty and Independence. For the second time in the tournament the game was decided by a home run derby tiebreaker.
Entering the top of the seventh inning, Independence led 4-1, but Liberty scraped across three runs to tie the game. After holding Independence scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning, Liberty won the home run derby 2-1 with two home runs from Lamar's Chase Kemp. They advanced to face Freedom in the championship game.
The championship game was highlighted by stellar defense on both sides as the game finished in a 5-4 victory Liberty. The two teams combined for just 10 hits in the game.
After dropping a game to Freedom on Saturday afternoon, Liberty won back-to-back elimination games to take the championship.
Liberty may have been crowned CSBI Champion, but the real winners were all of the players and the sport of baseball. Hats off to the CSBI for bringing back baseball in unprecedented times.
The CSBI partnered to raise money for No Kid Hungry. 5% of each streaming subscription from the college baseball tournament will be donated to support the charity.
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