Tournaments : : Blog
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Friday, October 27, 2006

Jupiter, Fla. , October 26-30, 2006




Michael Main, (the #1 ranked 07 player all year) from DeLand High in Deltona, Fla., entered with a 1-0 lead going to the sixth inning and struck out the side with a fastball that topped out at 96 mph?€?the fastest velocity on the day at the 80-team tournament. But in the seventh as his velocity dropped slightly and he allowed three hits and a walk as All-Star Baseball Academy rallied for a pair of runs in its final at-bat. In Main ?€™s defense, one of the hits was a bloop single and the other was a ?€?bad hop?€? routine ground ball that should have ended the inning. Main ?€™s last pitch was a strike three 95 mph fastball.

It was the first game of the tournament for both teams. ASBA moved to 2-0 later in the day with a 4-1 win over North Carolina ?€™s On-Deck O?€™s, while Southeast Select lost 6-0 to California ?€™s ABD Bulldogs in the final session of the day.

Southeast select got a brilliant effort by junior righthander Daniel Marrs (Richmond, Va. ), who blanked All-Star Baseball Academy through five innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out seven. His fastball was a steady 89-91, peaking at 94.

Despite a lightning-quick arm, Main has had a few rough outings this summer. A gifted two-way player, who was 5 for 10 in the World Championships and doubled in his only at bat in the Aflac game, Main went 0-3 while taking the loss in Fridays game.


--Georgia ?€™s East Cobb Astros, the nation?€™s premier youth team, stretched its record in the tournament to 2-0 with its second straight shutout, an 11-0 win over Perfect Game Maroon. Senior lefthander Will Casey (Kennesaw, Ga.) and senior righthander Brian Dupra combined on a one-hitter, the team?€™s second straight of the tournament. The Astros, the only undefeated team in Pool D, won 3-0 on Friday.

Other teams in the tournament that were 2-0 after the completion of play on Friday included All-Star Baseball Academy (Pa. ), the Florida Magic, Hammertime Performance (Fla.), Midland Scout Team (Ky.), Central Florida Renegades, Diamond Devils (S.C.) and the Dirtbags (N.C.). Several top teams, including the Reds Scout Team (Ohio), PG Crosschecker and California ?€™s ABD Bulldogs had played only one game.

Like East Cobb, the Dirtbags won both their games by shutouts. Righthanders Patrick John son (Conover, N.C. ) and Brad Mincey (Wilmington, N.C. ) combined on a one-hitter in a 5-0 win over Georgia ?€™s OTC Bears, while Ryan Leach (Kings Mountain, N.C. ), Trent Rothlin (Hickory, N.C. ), Vance Williams (Cary, N.C. ) and Justin Poovey (Granite Falls, N.C.) allowed a good Baseball Northwest squad to three hits in the second game. The latter four pitchers were all in the 89-92 mph range and combined to strike out 10.

Despite their inspired play, the Dirtbags were the talk of the tournament--for the uniforms they wore on their back. Hoping it might spur them on to a championship on Monday (Halloween Day), the Dirtbags dressed in blue camoflage uniform tops with the head of a skeleton emblazed on the front. The Dirtbags, made up almost entirely from players from North Carolina , finished third a year ago.

The tournament is broken down into 16 pools of five teams. Only the first-place team in each pool advances to bracket play, which begins on Sunday afternoon. The championship game is scheduled for Monday afternoon. For a team to win the tournament, it must play a minimum of eight games?€?four in pool play and four more in bracket play.

--With Main likely to fall from his perch as the nation?€™s top-ranked high school talent and righthander Matt Harvey (Mistic, Conn. ) absent from the tournament, the door has opened for Rick Porcello to make his case as the nation?€™s top prep pitching prospect.

Porcello (Chester, N.J. ) is pitching in the tournament for the South Florida Bandits, a bit of a misnomer as there are only two players on the roster from Florida . The 6-foot-5 Porcello worked the first two innings of South Florida ?€™s 5-1 win over Perfect Game White Friday, striking out two with a fastball that topped at 95 m ph. Oddly, the first five South Florida batters in the game all scored, but none of the final 16 South Florida hitters even reached base.

EDITOR?€™S NOTE: Perfect Game Crosschecker?€™s Allan Simpson and David Rawnsley are in Jupiter covering the tournament and will file daily notebooks. Beginning Friday, their coverage will also include a daily list of the top 10 tournament highlights of the day.

Recent Related Articles
12u Travel Team Rankings
Closing out the travel team rankings for 2016 is the 12u age division, with the Coppell, Texas-based Dallas Tigers Polk closi... READ 
14u Travel Team Rankings
After a successful summer and fall season that included winning the WWBA Freshman World Championship Banditos Elite finishes ... READ 
15u Travel Team Rankings
Banditos Black finish 2016 as the No. 1 travel team at the 15u age division after a dominant summer and fall season that incl... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
World Championship Pool Preview
One-by-one PG will break down each of the 22 pools, A-V, set to compete at the 2016 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla.,... READ 
Underclass World All-Tournament
The All-Tournament Team from the 2016 WWBA Underclass World Championship, held October 6-10 in Fort Myers, Fla., is now avail... READ 
World Championship Bracket
The 2016 WWBA World Championship Bracket has been released. READ 

Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2016 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.