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2011 17u/18u PG/EC Invitational


EC Orioles Edge STL Pirates 6-5 >>
Gm # 39 | 6/10/2011 | 4:30 PM 5280 Baseball vs. Top Notch (SC Heat) 18U
Three pitchers threw for the EC Orioles in their win over the STL Pirates Friday.

Clayton Eames got the start topping at 84. McCauley Bryant was at 80 with his fastball at 73 with a slider. Parker Madden was the finial Oriole to throw, topping at 85 with a quick arm and online delivery.

STL Pirates also threw three arms, Tyler Leffler started the game, topping out at 80, also showing a 70 mph curveball. Tyler Leffler topped at 84 with his fastball, and Nolan Sponsler was at 84 in his inning of work.

Sam Eure had three hits to lead the Orioles offense.
Top Notch Takes Down 5280 3-1 >>
Top Notch topped 5280 Baseball 3-1 with Ian Whitehead throwing a complete game with ten strikeouts.

5280 hurlers Matt Wood and Dalton Yost topped out at 81 and 77 mph respectively.
Blue Wave Edge Renegades 6-5 >>
Gm # 42 | 6/10/2011 | 2:00 PM Excel Blue Wave vs. East Cobb Renegades
Jordan Brown topped at 85, pitching the first two innings for the Blue Wave. He has showed a feel for three off speed pitches, a 76 mph curveball, 83 mph slider, and 76 mph changeup.

He was relieved by Will Brown who threw five innings with his top fastball at 83. His curveball was 71 with solid break.

East Cobb Renegades starter John Lloyd threw the first five innings with his fastball at 84 and his curveball at 72.

Eric Garcia relieved him and was at 78 with his fastball.

Laur Gets Complete Game Win for Gwinett >>
Gm # 37 | 6/10/2011 | 2:00 PM Team Gwinnett vs. East Cobb Red Sox 17U
Andrew Laur pitched a complete game, leading Team Gwinnett to a 4-2 win over the East Cobb Red Sox 17U. He struck out 7 and walked one, topping at 81 with his fastball, while his curveball sat at 70.

Ryan Griffith picked up two hits for the Gwinnett offense, showing a patient approach and line drive swing.

Matthew Agvent got the start for the Red Sox, topping out at 77 with his fastball, and also showing a 68 mph curveball.

Wesley Heinrichs followed him up with a fastball at 75 mph.

Arlington A's beat Bama Starz 4-2 >>
Gm # 36 | 6/10/2011 | 2:00 PM Arlington A's vs. Bama Starz
Three hurlers combined for the A's as they took down the Bama Starz. Kameron Miller pitched the first two frames topping at 80 with his fastball, Matt Custred was 83 in his two innings, and Troy Ward went the final three, running his fastball up to 85.

Dwayne Carroll started the game for the Starz topping at 82 with his fastball, also flashing a cuveball at 61.

Matthew Oliver threw 2 1/3 innings of relief, his fastball topped at 81.
EC Braves, Petitta Shutout Winward >>
Gm # 35 | 6/10/2011 | 2:00 PM East Cobb Braves 18u vs. Windward Braves
Hayden Petitta threw a complete game for the East Cobb Braves 18U, striking out nine, and walking two while allowing six hits. He topped out at 82 also throwing a curveball at 64 and a changeup at 73.

Sasha Kuebel led the Braves offense with two hits, staying inside the ball well with good bat speed,
Jernigan Throws One Hit Shutout >>
Gm # 33 | 6/10/2011 | 12:30 PM TGBA 17u vs. East Cobb Cubs 18u
TGBA pitcher Ben Jernigan struck out six and walked just one as he went the distance in a 4-0 win over the East Cobb Cubs. His fastball topped at 81, with his curveball at 69.

His counterpart, Jared Cheek, almost matched him throwing a complete game and topping out at 89 with a curveball at 75.

Burkhead at 89 in Flash Win >>
Gm # 30 | 6/10/2011 | 11:30 AM Florida Flash vs. Chattanooga Cherokees 18u
Kenneth Burkhead topped at 89 during his 5 innings, picking up the win over the Chattanooga Cherokees. The Florida Flash hurler showed a smooth delivery and good control also throwing a curveball at 74.

Brandon Stiffey topped out at 85 in relief for the Flash. His curveball sat at 68.

Sam Lewis pitched six innings for the Cherokees, his fastball topped at 78.
Titans/Chilidogs Play to 4-4 Tie >>
Gm # 29 | 6/10/2011 | 11:30 AM Homeplate Chilidogs 17u vs. East Cobb Titans 16u
Tyler Quick got the start for the EC Titans and topped at 79, with Josh Nance throwing the final two innings with his fastball at 85, flashing a 67 mph curveball.

Daniel Amos topped out at 91 for the Chilidogs, showing a quick arm and also throwing a 74 mph curveball.

Thompson Hits 90 in 14 K Shutout >>
Gm # 26 | 6/10/2011 | 9:00 AM Alabama Seminoles vs. East Cobb Patriots 18U
Keegan Thompson was dominant, striking out 14 in a complete game shutout. He walked two and allowed two hits while topping out at 90 with his fastball. His curveball was at 76 with sharp break, and his control was very solid all game.

The Seminoles offense only picked up 5 hits with Blake Logan picking up an RBI and showing a short, compact swing.

Connor Bernhard started the game for the EC Titans 18U and topped at 82 with his fastball. Nick Corley topped at 75 in his two innings.
Hoover Comes Back to Beat Excel 7-5 >>
Gm # 25 | 6/10/2011 | 9:00 AM Excel Blue Sox 16u vs. Hoover Baseball Club
Hoover Baseball Club scored four runs in the final two innings to beat Excel Blue Sox 16U 7-5. Hoover starter Evan Procter threw the first 5 innings, topping out at 82 with his fastball and also showing a breaking ball at 75 and changeup at 74.

Luke Dunn threw an inning of relief topping at 77 while Patrick Conway topped at 86 during his inning..

Michael Powers, Cooper Carden, and Major Haley all picked up two hits for the Hoover offense.

Zach Lovvorn topped out at 88 as he went 6 innings for Excel. His arm works well with a smooth delivery and his slider has tight rotation at 79. His curveball was 75, and his changeup at 78.

Cameron Adams topped at 86 in his stint, also throwing a 71 mph curveball. Logan Doss also pitched for Excel, his fastball topped at 85.

Davis Up To 91 as Team Alabama Rolls >>
Gm # 24 | 6/10/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Alabama vs. East Cobb Reds
Kevin Davis touched 91 with his fastball, sitting 87-89. His curveball was 73-76 as he struck out 8 and walked two in 5 innings, allowing only an unearned run.

Ben Craft pitched the final inning for Team Alabama topping out at 83 with his fastball.

Team Alabama pounded out 13 hits, with David Dahl and Nick Masonia showing good swings with bat speed and power potential.

East Cobb Reds starter Chris Kirk topped at 73, and reliever Austin Wagner topped at 69.
Astros Come Back for Victory >>
A slow start saw the East Cobb Astros 16U Gray down 2-0 going into the bottom of the 4th, but they scored a pair of runs in that half to tie it, and added four in the sixth to take home a 6-2 victory.

Keenan Innis worked the first two innings, sitting 81-83, topping at 84 on his fastball and 69 mph on his curveball. Preston Graham threw the next two innings, sitting 76-78 with his fastball, and Hunter Anglin pitched the final three frames, striking out four, topping out at 82 and keeping hitters off balance with a cutter at 75 and a curveball at 62.

Travis Demeritte showed why he is a top 2013 prospect with strength, athleticism and lots of pop in his bat. Josh Hart was on base three times and was disruptive with his speed on the bases.

Innis had a hit and three RBI at the plate, showing athleticism and a smooth left-handed stroke.

Savannah State commit Tyler Oglesby, a strong-bodied right hander with solid arm action was up to 89 for the Southeastern Athletics, sitting 85-87 over 3 2/3 innings.
Bertram Strikes out 13 as Astros Roll >>
LHP Nick Bertram struck out 13 batters as the East Cobb Astros 16U Orange rolled to an easy 8-1 victory over the Music City Classics. Bertram sat 82-84 all day with his fastball, allowing five hits and one earned run. His 12/6 curveball sat 61-63.

RF Jacob Heyward had a huge game at the plate with three hits and 5 RBI including a home run to left field. The projectable, athletic outfielder is the younger brother of former EC Astro and current Brave Jason Heyward. The younger Heyward hits from the right side, but shows some of the same athleticism and bat speed that give his older brother a chance to be a star at the major league level.

Nate Maggio, who showed big power potential yesterday was very solid behind the plate showing quickness in his actions and arm strength.
Braves Hammett crafty on the mound >>
Gm # 32 | 6/10/2011 | 11:30 AM ABA Braves vs. MVP Expos
ABA Braves Chris Hammett throws 5 scoreless inning by attacking the zone with craftiness.  The lefty's FB maxed out at 75 but his ability to throw strikes and change speeds lands him the 5-1 victory.  At the plate 8 hitters all got one hit but it was Austin Dykes (ABA Braves) who found the gap getting him 2 RBI's.

Logan Traylor went 2 for 3 at the plate trying to help himself out on the mound (FB max: 84) but feel just short.
Gossett has a day for Upstate >>
Gm # 38 | 6/10/2011 | 4:30 PM Upstate Mavericks 18U vs. East Cobb Cubs
Upstate had themselves a day at the plate with Ryan Smith, Andy Perez, Chase Davis and Wade Wyatt all having 2 hits a piece with one of Wyatt's being a HR.  Daniel Gossett stole the show though going 3 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI's.  Sealing the deal on the mound for the Mavs was Taylor Simpson with a FB reaching up to 91 after a great day on the mound by Kevin Connell who went 5 innings for and got the 13-4 win.

Alex Cannon showed a live bat for the Braves going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's.
Four Marucci Pitchers Above 88 in 4-0 win >>
Gm # 23 | 6/10/2011 | 9:00 AM Marucci Elite vs. East Cobb Blue Jays 18u
Marucci Elite looks to be one of the top 17U teams in the country with a deep roster and stable of arms. Four of them threw today, all topping out over 88 mph.

RHP Walker Buehler got the start, striking out 9 and allowing one hit in 5 innings. He was very sharp in the first two innings, sitting 87-88 with life on his fastball, and showing a hard slider with tilt and depth at 79-80 that could be one of the better breaking pitches in the class. He is very projectable athlete with loose, easy arm action.

LHP Colin Rodgers was 87-89 with a fastball with late cut from a low 3/4 slot. He showed one slider at 76 with bite in a single inning of work. He has a quick, loose arm with deception in his delivery.

RHP Zachary Bird struck out the first two batters of the 7th innings. The very athletic, projectable Mississippi native was up to 90 on the day from a high 3/4 slot. His arm works easily and his 71 mph curveball that showed potential, and a 76 mph slider with depth and good arm action.

LHP Rock Rucker came in for the last out, firing fastballs at 88, 88, and 90 to end the game. The is a long, strong athlete with a loose, easy arm and all is a top 2012 prospect as a power-hitting outfielder.

Other Marucci standouts were C Dalton Todd, who showed quick actions and arm strength, and Andrew Velasquez is a top level athlete with easy swing swing. He was clocked at 3.83 from the right side on a bunt to lead off the game.

Talent On Display as Blue Sox/EC Astros Tie >>
Complete game pitching efforts by LHP Locke St. John (Excel Blue Sox 16U) and RHP Austin Parrish (East Cobb Astros 16U Orange) yielded only one run apiece, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie Thursday afternoon.

St. John was very sharp, keeping a talented East Cobb lineup off balance with a fastball that sat 85-87 and a curveball at 74-76. He is a solid athlete with some projection left in his 5'11 frame.

RHP Parrish sat in the mid 80s with his fastball, striking out 7 and not walking a batter.

Standouts for East Cobb were CF Terry McClure a + athlete, with strength and lots of defensive ability in CF, 3B Wesley Jones, a very good athlete with great arm strength across the diamond, and 1B Nate Maggio, a strong-bodied LHH with tons of power potential.

St. John also led the Excel offensive attack with two hits. He has a short, easy swing, lets the ball travel with an opposite field approach. Other top performances include rangy, athletic CF Cole Billingsley, who is very projectable and has a quick smooth left-handed stroke, C Jake Whiting, who showed advanced catch and throw skills along with arm strength, IF Zach Lovvorn a very strong defender with a quiet, line-drive approach at the plate.

1B Tucker Simpson, one of the strongest players we have seen so far this weekend, has tons of pull pop in his bat. He squared up a couple of balls with exit velos in the low 90s.
Swinney's CG Shuts Down EC Braves 18U >>
Gm # 22 | 6/9/2011 | 7:00 PM ABA Braves vs. East Cobb Braves 18u
RHP Brad Swinney threw a complete game to shut down the EC Braves 18U in the ABA Braves 5-1 victory Thursday night.

Swinney struck out four, allowing four hits and one earned run.

The ABA offense got two hits apiece from Jake McCurry and Pierce Ressmeyer. McCurry is a solid athlete with a quick, fluid stroke and Ressmeyer showed solid defensive actions behind the plate and good arm strength, and a patient line-drive approach at the plate.

Alex Dykes went 3-3 and scored a run for ABA. A big, strong right-handed hitter, he has a power approach at the plate, letting the ball travel and displaying gap to gap power.
Erb Throws Complete Game as Mizuno Falls >>
Gm # 21 | 6/9/2011 | 7:00 PM East Cobb Astros 18u vs. Team Mizuno Midwest
LHP Alex Erb threw a complete game, striking out 5 and walking two over 6 innings as Team Mizuno Midwest dropped a 5-4 contest to the East Cobb Astros 18U.

Erb was 80-81 with his fastball, with his curveball at 71 and his changeup at 74.

Jake Henson starred at the plate for Team Mizuno Midwest, going 3-3 and showing a live bat with hard line drive contact and pull power.

Behind the plate he has good arm strength and is a very interesting 2012 prospect.

Expos Fall to Braves 5-2 >>
Gm # 17 | 6/9/2011 | 4:30 PM MVP Expos vs. Windward Braves
MVP Expos fell 5-2 to the Winward Braves with Matthew Thorneberry threw 5 innings and collected two hits at the plate.

RHP Thorneberry is a solid athlete who was 80-82 on the mound with good feel for an 11/5 curveball at 67-69, and a changeup at 70.

RHP Casey Lambert threw the final two innings of relief for the Expos, allowing two hits and no earned runs. topping at 81 with his fastball and 70 with his curveball.

Oliver's Big Day Leads Bama Starz to Win >>
Gm # 16 | 6/9/2011 | 4:30 PM Bama Starz vs. East Cobb Cubs 18u
Bama Starz OF/RHP Matt Oliver had a huge day with four hits and three RBI as well as picking up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The strong, athletic right-hander showed easy arm strength, topping out at 81 with his fastball and also threw a breaking ball at 72. At the plate, he used strength and a quiet approach to produce a line-drive swing with power.

OF Alvin Franklin also knocked a pair of hits and showed potential on defense, taking good routes and covering ground.

Sam Raphael went all 7 innings for the East Cobb Cubs. His fastball was 78-81, topping out at 82, with a 70 mph curveball and a 73 mph change.

Jonathan Whittington had two hits and showed strength in his swing, and David Kimbrough is a solid top of the order hitter with lots of line-drive contact in his swing.
Ten Run 4th Leads Pats to Win >>
A 3-1 game turned into a blowout as the East Cobb Patriots 18U put up ten runs in the 4th inning en route to a 13-1 win over the Georgia Mavericks 17U. Nick Ford pitched all 5 innings allowing one hit, one earned run, striking out 3 and walking 3.

The Patriots offense pounded out 13 hits, two apiece for Nick Biumi, Phil Reiser, Matt Cole, Alex Alley, Patrick Sammons. Reiser showed gap power and ability to drive the ball.
Excel Pounds Upstate/Kamplain Dominates >>
Gm # 20 | 6/9/2011 | 7:00 PM Excel Blue Wave vs. Upstate Mavericks 17U
LHP Justin Kamplain, a recent Alabama commit, dominated striking out 11, allowing two hits and two walks in the Excel Blue Wave's 12-0 pounding of the Upstate Mavericks.

Kamplain is a good athlete with solid arm speed and a fastball that was up to 89. He also has good depth and downer break on a 75-78 mph curveball. He pounded the zone with both pitches, and was totally in control at all times.

The Excel offense pounded out 11 hits in just four innings with OF George Salem displaying easy bat speed and an all fields approach at the plate, picking up a pair of hits and RBI. He is a very good athlete with = run and throw tools. Matthew Goodson is a very strong athlete who can also run, showed strength in his swing on a two run single to LF. Tanner Gardner showed very solid defensive actions at 2B with arm strength.
Leible, Macchio Combine on One-Hit Shutout >>
RHPs Bradley Leible and Michael Macchio combined on a one-hit shutout in the DCH Jayhawks 17U 8-0 win over Shamrock Baseball 17U.

Leible pitched the first 4 1/3, allowing the single hit and striking out a batter while walking three. He was 77-80 with his fastball, and threw his curveball at 67-69.

Macchio came in for the final 1 2/3 innings, showing clean arm action on a 79-81 mph fastball and 72 mph curveball.

Will Skidmore and Dondrei Hubbard were standouts at the plate with Skidmore showing good lead-off skills with a patient approach and line drive swing plane with lots of solid contact, and aggressiveness and impact speed on the bases.

Hubbard displayed raw power going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI.
Kourtis Up to 89 as TGBA 17U Roll >>
Gm # 13 | 6/9/2011 | 9:00 AM Arlington A's vs. TGBA 17u
In a 13-1 romp over the Arlington A's Team Georgia RHP Dmitri Kourtis was up to 89 mph, sitting 86-88. He also showed a curveball at 74 and a changeup at 76. Kourtis stuck out 7, allowing three hits in 5 innings.

Offense stars were Robert Currier, who went 3-3 with 3 RBI, Danny Bermudez showed a live bat and power potential, and Brock Maxwell stayed inside the ball well, showing strength and bat speed.
Henson Has Huge Day >>
Jake Henson showed to be a great two way player Thursday with a great arm behind the plate and great power to all fields when at the plate going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's.  Hitting right along with Henson on the apposing side was Chesny (East Cobb) going 3 for 3 as well with a double and 2 RBI's.

Josh Parker (Team Mizuno Midwest) and Matt K (East Cobb) each added 2 hits for their team also. 

East Cobb squeaked out the victory in a very close ball game.  
Bolt Shines for Braves >>
Gm # 12 | 6/9/2011 | 4:30 PM East Cobb Braves 17u vs. Alabama Seminoles
All well pitched game on both sides by the two lefty's Matthew Crownover being the more over powering pitcher ranging his FB from 88-91 while Ryan Lawlor (Alabama Seminoles) took a more crafty approach ranging his FB from 81-84.

Skye Bolt (East Cobb Braves 17u) showed his quick bat and great power for his size from both sides of the plate on Thursday.  Bolt went 2 for 3 with a HR from the right side and a base clearing triple from the left finishing the night with 5 RBI's.  Matt Gonzalez and Kevin Cosper also joined Bolt in the hitting fest with 2 hits a piece, Cosper going 2 for 2 and Gonzalez had a double. 

Keegan Thompson also had a 2 hit day for the Seminoles from Alabama.
All Day Devall >>
Gm # 7 | 6/9/2011 | 2:00 PM Marucci Elite vs. 5280 Baseball
Hunter Devall (Marucci Elite) fanned 11 in his impressive outing against 5280 Baseball.  Devall's fastball was hitting 83-85 consistently, but his change-up was what allowed him to be so effective on Thursday throwing 6 innings and giving up no runs for the Elite.  

The left handed hitting SS with a large frame proved that he has a fluid stroke and potential power as the ball jumped off his bat at the East Cobb Complex. Moore went 1 for 2 with a HR, RBI, and Run.

Andrew Velazquez also tagged a ball with his quick bat and sent it over CF for a HR.

Perry Rigby also added 2 hits for the Elite. 

Scott Jones tagged a ball up the middle for 5280 Baseball hitting .500 on the day.  
Underwood Stars as EC Astros Roll >>
Gm # 3 | 6/9/2011 | 11:30 AM East Cobb Astros 16u Gray vs. Florida Flash
RHP Duane Underwood (2012, Pope HS, Marietta, GA) was dominant in a 10-strikeout complete game no-hitter over the Florida Flash. The projectable, athletic righty sat 90-92, bumping 93. He relied mostly on his fastball but also threw a changeup at 80-82 with sink and very good arm speed. Underwood also flashed a few curveballs at 70-71 with fringy feel and break.

He also dominated at the plate going 3-3 with a double and a triple, showing a quick bat and lots of power potential, good speed and aggressiveness on the bases. Underwood stands out on a loaded EC Astros squad and is a player to watch for the 2012 draft.

Other standout performers on the talented squad were athletic and speedy CF Josh Hart (2013, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA), strong, power-hitting 3B Travis Demeritte (2013, Winder-Barrow HS, Statham, GA), and speedy RF Stephen Wrenn (2013, Walton HS, Marietta, GA).

The Florida Flash brought in a pair of enticing relievers with the lean, projectable RHP Jose Hernandez (2012, Lake Wales, FL HS) topping at 87 with a loose, quick arm, and RHP Matt Ferreira (2012, Flagler Palm Coast HS, Deltona, FL), a strong, thick bodied hurler who pounded the zone with an 87-89 mph fastball that hit 90 and a 72-74 mph curveball. 
Madden Leads Orioles Hit Parade >>
2011 OF Parker Madden (Woodstock, GA) went 4-for-4 with 3 Runs, 3 RBIs and a Home Run as the East Cobb Orioles outlasted the East Cobb Red Sox 13-12 in the tournament opener. The Orioles racked up 17 hits, including 3 from Ricky Shattauer and got at least one hit from every starter.

After blowing a one run lead in the top of the 7th the Orioles answered back with the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
Allen's Homer enough for Pirates >>
Gm # 18 | 6/9/2011 | 5:30 PM St. Louis Pirates vs. Team Gwinnett

Austin Allen was 1-3 in the game but had the game winning hit in the first inning. Allen hit a 2-Run Home Run to dead center to give the St. Louis Pirates a 3-0 they wouldn't give up. Allen generates good bat speed at the plate and has some pop in his bat. Allen has an aggressive approach at the plate, and is willing to go with the pitch with one of his outs being a line drive to the left fielder. Allen also looked good behind the plate working hard to block balls for the pitcher and back up plays on the infield.

Overton collects 3 hits for ECB Titans 16u >>
Gm # 15 | 6/9/2011 | 4:30 PM East Cobb Titans 16u vs. East Cobb Reds

Sky Overton was 3-3 in this afternoon's win the East Cobb Titans 16u. Overton had 2 doubles and a single in the game to go along with a stolen base, and 3 runs scored. Overton has a solid line drive hitting approach at the plate with a line drive swing plane.

Max Rosenbaum went 1-2 in the game for the East Cobb Reds. Rosenbaum had the Reds only hit of the game but it was a big one as it was a Solo Home Run. Rosenbaum has as aggressive approach at the plate with gap power.

Top Notch and ECB Blue Jays play to tie >>
T. Childers helped Top Notch Baseball play to a tie this afternoon. Childers was 2-3 in the game with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, with a single and a double.

Taylor Bowles lead ECB Blue Jays in their offensive effort. Bowles was 1-2 in the game with a run scored and 2 RBI's. Bowles is a guy who makes consistent contact with the baseball at the plate.
Indians Outslug Cubs 7-6 >>
Gm # 2 | 6/9/2011 | 9:00 AM East Cobb Indians vs. East Cobb Cubs
The East Cobb Indians outhit the East Cobb Cubs 11-10 to pull out a 7-6 victory in the tournament opener. Both teams put up runs against the bullpens after the Cubs took a 4-3 lead into the 6th. The Cubs extended the lead to 6-3 in the top of the 6th but then allowed a pair in each of the final two innings as the Indians came from behind to win the matchup of East Cobb teams.

Cameron Stadele earned the win in relief for the Indians, topping out at 87 mph, while Mason Colquitt had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a Home Run and 3 RBIs.
Patriots 17u earns 7-1 Win >>

Christopher Moates started the game for the east cobb patriots and got the win going 4 and 1/3 innings. Moates allowed 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6. Moates's fastball topped out at 86 this afternoon sitting between 82-85. Moates uses a 3/4 arm slot, is around the plate with all his pitches and throws a good slider that sat at 75-78.

Mavericks 18s Outslug Marucci 18s 7-6 >>
Gm # 6 | 6/9/2011 | 11:30 AM Marucci Elite 18's vs. Upstate Mavericks 18U
2011 LHP Christian Trent (Madisonville, LA) looked sharp in the early going, with an advanced three pitch arsenal highlighted by an upper 80s fastball that consistently sat 86-88 with good sinking action and a good curveball. But the Upstate Mavericks 18s were able to rack up 6 hits against the southpaw and scored 6 runs (only 1 earned) to build a large enough lead to withstand a late rally from Marucci.

2011 3B/OF Wade Wyatt (Mauldin, SC) went 3-for-3 and showed the ability to go with the pitch with a short swing and quick hands. 2011 RHP David Gossett (Lyman, SC) nailed down the Save with a scoreless bottom of the 7th, topping out at 91 mph with his fastball. Chase Davis and Taylor Simpson also hit 91 on the radar gun for the Mavericks as well.
Hoover's Richards leads the way >>
Nathan Richards lead Hoover Baseball Club to their 8-2 win over the Music City Classics 17u.  Richards picks up the win throwing a complete game allowing 2 runs on only 2 hits.  The Music City pitchers Trevor Sanders and Alan Lacey did combine for 9 strikeouts on the day, however the top half of the Hoover lineup was just too much.  Hoovers Michael Powers lead the way with an impressive 3 for 4 and and 4 runs scored.  Connor Short followed right up with a 3 for 5 day and 4 RBIs.  Music City did have one big bang off the bat of shortstop Adam Ford who smoked a line drive HR well over the left field line fence. 
Masonia's Monster Morning Leads Team To Victory >>
Gm # 4 | 6/9/2011 | 11:30 AM Homeplate Chilidogs 17u vs. Team Alabama
Team Alabama and the Homeplate Chilidogs matched up in game number 4 of the Thursday morning set. The story of the game would quickly turn to Team Alabama's Nick Masonia (Kileen, AL / 2011)

Masonia would lead his team to a 4-2 victory over the Homeplate Chilidogs. Masonia went 2-3 in the game, with 2 runs and 3 runs batted in. Including a 2 run bomb he hit in the 5th inning. 

Masonia's offense effort was back by terrific pitching from Jackson Stephens (Oxford, AL / 2012) and Kevin Davis (Brewton, AL / 2013). Stephens would claim the win today after he pitched 6 complete innings. Stephens allowed 2 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 2. Davis took the ball in the 7th and slammed the door on the Chilidogs. Davis claimed the save as he struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the final inning. Davis, the 2013 grad, reached 91 MPH and showed a hammer curveball that was untouchable to opposing hitters. 
Cherokee's Late Rally Too Much For Athletics >>
In the first inning, Chattanooga's Tyler Baker (Ooltewah, TN / 2011) would draw a walk with one out. After a wild pitch and a stolen base, Baker found himself on third. After an error made by the Athletics, Baker would come across to score the games first run. That would be all Chattanooga would get in the first. In the bottom half of the first, the Athletics would answer by scoring 2 runs of their own.  

The game would remain 2-1 in favor of the Athletics until the 5th inning. In the top of the 5th, Jonah Paul (Rossville, GA / 2012) and Ben Holland (Murfreesboro, TN / 2011) would both drive in a run to give the Cherokee's their first lead since the first inning. 

The Cherokees would go on to hang out to a 3-2 first day victory over Southeastern.