All American Prospects Win WWBA World Underclass Championship

Tournaments : : Story
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Monday, October 13, 2008

The All American Prospects Blue won the 2008 World Wood Bat Association World Underclass championship Monday afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida, with a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Super 17’s.

 

The championship game victory completed an amazing run by the All American Prospects pitching staff.  After allowing only 2 runs during the 4 game pool play, the All American pitchers spun 4 consecutive shutouts over a 26 hour period during the playoffs.

 

All American Prospects reached the finals by defeating Southwest Florida Baseball 3-0 in the first playoff round, the East Cobb Astros Gray 6-0 in the quarterfinals and the Orlando Scorpions in the semifinals, 5-0.

 

The New Jersey Super 17’s made the playoffs as a wild card team after finishing with a 3-1 pool play record.  The defeated the East Cobb Astros Orange 3-2 in the semifinals after soundly defeating a heavily favored Kansas City Royals Scout Team 5-0 in the quarterfinals.  The FTB Black Racers had already fallen in the first playoff round, 11-5.

 

The depth of the All American Prospects staff showed when shortstop Yordy Cabrera started the championship game.  For Cabrera, the team’s cleanup hitter and perhaps the top defensive player in the entire 2010 class, it was his first appearance on the mound in the tournament despite his steady 91-92 mph fastball.

 

Cabrera’s stand in at shortstop, Alex Hernandez, keyed the Prospects offense against New Jersey.  He reached on an error in the first inning, stole second and third base and came in to score on a single by CF Enrique Perez.  Hernandez doubled with one out in the 3rd inning and then scored on a double by 3B Nick Castellanos.

 

Cabrera threw 5 innings to get the victory, striking out 10 New Jersey hitters.  LHP Andrew Grifol finished up with 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3, for the save.

 

All American Prospects LHP Austin Perez was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher.  Perez had a 2-0 record in 10 scoreless innings, including a complete game shutout against the high powered Orlando Scorpions line up in the semifinals.

 

Cabrera and Castellanos shared the Most Valuable Player honors.  Cabrera hit .400 (6-15) at the plate despite being consistently pitched around and was outstanding defensively in addition to his final game pitching heroics.  Castellanos was the team’s offensive engine all weekend, hitting 9-21 and scoring 9 runs while driving in 7, to go along with 6 stolen bases.

Recent Related Articles
2016 PG/MLK All-Tournament
The All-Tournament Teams from the 2016 Perfect Game MLK Championships, held January 15-18, which includes West MLK Upperclass... READ 
MLK West Upper title to Pac NW
Seattle-based Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball 2016s worked its way through a strong 32-team field with a 6-0-0 record and... READ 
Show, Padres win West MLKs
The San Diego Show (p) and the Padres Scout Team took home titles Monday at the PG MLK West Underclass Championship and the P... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
17u Tourney All-American Team
This week Perfect Game will unveil the inaugural 14u-17u Tournament All-American Teams for the 2015 event season. We start wi... READ 
16u Tourney All-American Team
Jayson Gonzalez enjoyed a very productive summer tournament season on his way to being named the Player of the Year at the 16... READ 
15u Tourney All-American Team
Elijah Cabell put up huge numbers all summer long on his way to being named to the inaugural 15u PG Tournament All-American T... READ 
 

What's Happening
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.