Cameron Byers, who played for the 2021 Elizabethtown Dixie Youth All-Star team and a former Emereau Bladen Charter School student, has been selected to compete this month in the Team USA/National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup baseball tournament.
The 13-year-old former Council resident was among 32 players chosen from last month’s regional NTIS tryouts in Charlotte to represent the southeastern 13U age division. The southeastern region is comprised of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.
The Champions Cup lasts five days and will be played at the Team USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary and feature teams and players from across the U.S. The championship-style tournament features 12 teams per age group and allows athletes to be evaluated by national team coaches and scouts.
Following the Champions Cup, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 athletes to its national team and National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Byers is a rising 8th grader at New Century International Middle School in Fayetteville and has been playing baseball since age 5. He currently plays national showcase baseball with Five Star National Mid-Atlantic 13U and regional showcase with Wow Factor Coastal 14U.
The player’s mother, Max Kriner, still resides in Council and is employed with UNC Southeastern Healthcare in Lumberton. His father is Donnie Byers.