Fourteen baseball teams, dozens of coaches and one conspicuous parent crowded into Field of Miracles Wednesday for the USSSA 11U World Series.

After three games of pool play Monday through Wednesday, the 14 teams were seeded one to 14, with bracket play set to start today.

Once bracket play begins, the 11U champion will be determined by double elimination tournament. The top two seeds received byes into the winners bracket.

One parent watching the action was John LeBleu, in Cullman to watch his son play for Bullet Baseball, a team based in Lake Charles, La.

According to LeBleu, the tournament’s setting is second to none.

“These are some of the best facilities we’ve been to,” said Lebleu, whose family of seven has traveled as far as Orlando, Fla., and Dallas for USSSA tournaments.

With another USSSA tournament running simultaneously in Birmingham, a full house was far from certain for Wednesday’s action. But according to LeBleu, attendance has been high across the board.

“The turnout so far has been excellent,” he said.

The event had one famous parent in attendance Wednesday, as former major league pitcher Roger Clemens watched his son Kody play for the Texas Yankees, who dropped a 5-3 decision against Viper Baseball Academy.

TPSA, Cullman’s lone representative, heads into bracket play with an 0-2-1 record following losses to the Carolina Hurricanes and the NWR Thunder. The Cats tied the North Alabama Giants 8-8 earlier in pool play.

TPSA begins bracket play today with a rematch against NWR at noon.

Tournament play runs until Saturday.

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