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2011 18u WWBA National Championship

 



Show Downs Yankees 10-1 to Become 18u Champs >>
The San Diego Show became the first team from California to ever win the 18u WWBA National Championship by knocking off the East Cobb Yankees 10-1 in the title game.

Mark Vasquez threw a complete game for the Show, giving up a Run on 4 hits. John Gamble's 3-Run Home Run in the 5th put the game out of reach. Jake Reed was named Most Valuable Pitcher, Phillip Evans earned tournament MVP honors.

The full story will be available shortly.
Norris Nails Down Save, Sends Yanks to Title Game >>
Toronto Blue Jays second round pick Daniel Norris (2011 Science Hills HS, Johnson City, TN) closed out a 5-4 East Cobb Yankees victory. The Yankees survived a scare after seeing the 5-0 lead shrink to a single run after the Dodgers cashed in on a pair of walks and an error to lead off the inning. Norris topped out at 93 with very good command.

Yankees starter Jake Burnette (2011 Buford HS, GA), a 7th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 ER) with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. Burnette worked 87-91 with his fastball and complimented it well with a 77 mph curveball. Tyler Gibson (2011 Stratford HS, Macon, GA) was the hitting star for the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a triple and 2 Runs scored. Gibson, a Georgia Tech commit was selected in the 15th round by the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees will take on the San Diego Show in the championship game.
Hayes Lifts Show to Semifinal Victory >>
Kyle Hayes put on a show in a 5-4 semifinal victory over the East Cobb Braves 17u. Hayes, put the finishing touches on a complete game victory with a 95 mph fastball to strike out the final batter of the game with the tying run on base.

Hayes sat 87-91 with his fastball for most of the game. Showing good command, he painted corners and save for a couple of mistakes, dominated a lineup that ranks amongst the best in the nation. Hayes showed advanced pitchability, pounding the zone and mixing all three pitches well. Hayes reached back for several 93 mph fastballs in the 7th before delivering the knockout blow with a well placed 95 mph heater to send the Braves home. Hayes also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a game winning 2-run Home Run.

Hayes also threw a complete game on Sunday, a 10 K, 4-hit shutout. Hayes did not issue a walk in his 14 innings of work, while striking out 14. Having graduated from high school as a 17 year old last year, Hayes played in 15 games for San Diego State this spring but plans to transfer to a junior college for the 2011-12 school year. With an advanced three pitch mix that includes low 90s fastballs with plus movement and good command, a hammer curve and a good changeup with feel, Hayes is a player who can help any college program next season. Hayes is a two way player who can also provide a power presence in the lineup as a left handed hitting 3B.

The Show will take on the winner of the East Cobb Yankees-Dulin Dodgers semifinal matchup. It is their first appearance in the title game in spite of being a staple in the playoffs over the past few seasons.
Semi-finals to begin at 9 AM EST Friday >>
The semi-final matchups are set to begin at 9:00 AM EST tomorrow morning at the East Cobb complex in Marietta, Georgia.

The East Cobb Yankees will face the Dulin Dodgers on Field 1.

The San Diego Show will face the East Cobb Braves 17U on Field 2.

The winners of these two games will face each other for the Championship scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM EST on Field 1.

To see the entire schedule and track the results of all of the game, be sure to visit the 2011 WWBA 2011 Grads or 18u National Championship Schedule page:

http://www.perfectgame.org/events/TournamentSchedule.aspx?event=1104
East Cobb Braves 17U advance to semi-finals >>
Gm # 573 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM TGBA 17U vs. East Cobb Braves 17u
The East Cobb Braves 17U team defeated TGBA 17U 7-2 to advance to the semi-finals.

The Braves were carried by starter David Sosebee (2011, White County HS, Ga.), who went the full 7 innings, striking out 9 limiting TGBA 17U to 3 hits.  With a modest, athletic build, Sosebee showed good command to both sides of the plate with both his 86-88/89 fastball and his 69-71 curveball.  He throws on a downward plane with some riding life on his fastball, keeping the ball down in the zone while incorporating his lower half well.  His curve shows sharp 12-to-6 break.  Sosebee has committed to play for Georgia, although he was selected in the 48th round by the Red Sox in last month's draft.

Skye Bolt (Holy Innocents HS, Ga.) capped off a very productive day with a 2-for-4 performance.  Today alone he went 7-for-11, and now is 9-for-26 (.346) overall in the tournament.

The biggest performances at the plate in this game came from Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, Ga.) and Kyle Carter (2012, Columbus HS, Ga.), both of whom had 2 hits, including a double.  Gonzalez drove in 3 while Carter drove in 2.  Dylan Dore (2012, Johns Creek HS, Ga.) reached base twice and scored 2 runs as the Braves' leadoff hitter.
San Diego Show advances to semi-finals >>
Gm # 574 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM San Diego Show vs. Homeplate Chilidogs
For a team with such a prolific offense, it was ironic that the team advanced to the semi-finals behind a strong collective pitching performance in a 1-0 win over the Homeplate Chilidogs.

Bobby Zarubin (2012, Santa Fe Christian, Calif.), Ryan Peterson (2012, South Hills HS, Calif.) and Jake Reed (2011, Helix Charter HS, Calif.), who pitched each of the San Diego Show's previous 2 games today, combined on the 2-hit shutout.

Zarubin and Peterson, primarily positional players, worked at 84-87 and 82-84 respectively, while Reed showed his customary low-90s heat.

The San Diego Show hitters mustered only 3 hits of their own against the Chilidogs Jesse Copeland (2012, Northgate HS, Ga.).  Copeland went all 6 innings, striking out 4.  Working in the low-80s with very good fastball command, the only run that Copeland allowed came on a Kyle Hayes (2010, Santana HS, Calif.) single in the first inning.

Hayes has had a strong tournament at the plate, going 8-for-22 so far with 2 home runs.  His single in the 1st scored Nick Ruppert, who led the game off with a single and subsequently stole 2nd and 3rd.
East Cobb Yankees advance to semi-finals >>
Gm # 572 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM East Cobb Yankees vs. Round Trip Baseball
Round Trip Baseball tried to pull off another fantastic finish, scoring 2 runs in both the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings, but the East Cobb Yankees held onto a 7-6 win.

Yankees starter RHP Blake Burkett (2012, West Forsyth HS, Ga.), currently ranked 213 in the 2012 class, struck out 4 in his 2.1 innings of work.  He started the game throwing strikes with an aggressive, competitive approach and a heavy 83-87 fastball that reached as high as 89 mph.  He also threw a sharp 73-75 curveball.  Burkett likes to work fast and is quick to the mound showing sound mechanics.

RHP Ben Lumsden (2011, Hillgrove HS, Ga.) worked the next 4.1 innings, running into some trouble in both the 6th and 7th innings as mentioned above.  While inconsistent, when on he was spotting his fastball well to both sides of the plate.  He kept his sinking 84-87/88 fastball down in the zone, and only threw a handful of offspeed offerings.

LHP/OF Daniel Norris, who may be turned upon tomorrow to pitch, went 1-for-2 with 3 RBI, including one of the bigger hits in the game, a 2-run double in the third.

1B Douglas Miller (2012, Darlngton HS, Ga.) had the other big hit for the Yankees, a 2-run home run in the sixth.

RHP Pete Nagel (2011, Metter HS, Ga.) started the game for Round Trip Baseball and threw the ball well.  The Georgia recruit's fastball sat in the 82-88 range mixing in a curveball, slider and changeup.  He struck out 6 in 5 innings, but did struggle with control, leading to 6 walks and an elevated pitch count while pitching from behind.
Dullin Dodgers advance to semi-finals >>
Gm # 571 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM Dulin Dodgers vs. Excel Blue Wave
The Dulin Dodgers beat the Excel Blue Wave by a final score of 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals on Friday morning.

LHP Will Jamison (2011, Evangelical Chrsitian, Texas) got the start and was sharp over 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 2.  He showed good command of the strike zone, using a 80-86 fastball that peaked at 87 and a handful of low-70s curveballs.  Jamison was selected by the Indians in the 45th round of the draft last month by the Indians, and has committed to play for Ole Miss.

IF/RHP Kyle Overstreet (2012, Boaz HS, Ala.), who pitched earlier in the day against the Ohio Warhawks, tossed the final 2 frames for the Dodgers, striking out a pair as he continued to pound the zone wiht 85-87 fastballs while dropping in 72-74 curveballs.

Cleanup hitter Shane Riley (2011, Houston HS, Tenn.) had the best performance at the plate for the Dulin Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the 1st.

The Trio of Hunter Soleymani (2012, Pelham HS, Ala.), Cole Billingsley (2012, Pell City HS, Ala.) and Jordan Friday (2012, Prattville HS, Ala.) pitched well for the Excel Blue Wave, combining to give up only5 hits and 1 earned run with 7 strikeouts.

Soleymani, a South Alabama recruit, accounted for 6 of those punchouts, working the first 5 innings with a 82-85 fastball.

Billingsley, a LHP, pitched in a similar 84-86 mph range with his fastball, and is currently ranked the 341st best 2012 prospect.

Friday also sat in the mid-80s, recording the final 2 outs.
Junis fans 7 in 3 IP >>
FTB Louisville Slugger RHP/IF Jakob Junis (2011, Rock Falls HS, Ill.) was sharp in 3 innings of work, taking the start against Team Elite 17U Black.  He has a lean, wiry strong frame, and was consistently around the plate with his 3-pitch repertoire.  He threw mostly 85-88 fastballs that peaked at 90.  His changeup projects as a plus pitch, with the ability to throw it with the same arm speed and release as his fastball.  Junis was a 29th round draft pick by the Royals last month, and has committed to play for NC State.
LHP Trabanino sharp for the TX Trappers >>
Gm # 553 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Texas Trappers vs. Foundation Sports
Texas Trappers LHP Nolan Trabanino (2012, Clear Brook HS, Texas) has a crisp 3-inning performance in a 8-3 win over Foundation Sports.  Trabanino has good size and athleticism at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, with long, strong limbs.  He showed very good command, throwing his 80-83 fastball easily.  He has the ability to add some run and cut to his fastball, keeping the ball down in the zone.  He didn't throw many in this game, but both his curveball and changeup show promise as well.
4 Explorers combine for shutout >>
Gm # 550 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM MVP Expos vs. Columbus Explorers
Three right-handers and a lefty from the 2012 class combined to toss a shutout for the Columbus Explorers (of Christopher Columbus HS in Miami, Fla.) in a 4-0 win over the MVP Expos.

RHP Danny Dopico has an athletic and projectable 6-foot, 175-pound frame and showed good command of his 82-87 fastball.  He struck out 2 in 3 innings.

RHP Yency Almonte took the mound in the fourth and showed the best pure stuff to go along with a large, athletic 6-foot-4, 175-pound body.  He was consistently 89-91 and peaked at 92, striking out 3 in his inning of work.  His command needs attention, but his upside is evident, currently ranked 114th in the 2012 class.

LHP Luis Collazo fits the crafty mold, with good command of a 83-85 fastball that he shows the ability to cut.

RHP Mike Vinson shows good command and a large, athletic frame at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds.  He worked fast, throwing strikes with his 84-90 mph fastball.  Vinson was up to 91 at the Perfect Game National Showcase a few weeks ago, and is ranked 272 among the 2012 players.
Mercado blasts a pair >>
Gm # 542 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Cincinnati Riverbats vs. PR Giants 18U
PR Giants 18U OF Anthony Mercado (2010, UIA, PR) provided most of the offense with a pair of home runs in a 2-for-3, 4 RBI performance in a 10-1 win over the Cincinnati Riverbats.  The source of power may have come from the seemingly most unlikely source given Mercado's 5-foot-6, 180-pound frame.
Ben Holland caps off fine tourney with HR >>
Gm # 537 | 7/7/2011 | 12:30 PM Chattanooga Cherokees 18u vs. ABD MUSTANGS
Chattanooga Cherokees 18U 1B Ben Holland (2011, Siegel HS, Tenn.) capped off a fine tournament in which he went 7-for-14 with a 2-for-3 performance.  He yanked a 2-run shot in the first, showing good strength in his mature 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame.
Malcom Diaz touches 90 >>
Gm # 536 | 7/7/2011 | 12:30 PM MVP Baseball vs. IBAHS Knights
IBAHS Knights RHP Malcom Diaz (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) threw the final inning in a 5-4 win over MVP Baseball.  Diaz worked 84-88 touching 90.  The Alabama State recruit, currently ranked 124 among the 2012 class, was up to 93 a few weeks prior at the Perfect Game National.  At 6-foot-2, 177-pounds, Diaz has a wiry strong, projectable frame and should be throwing consistently harder in the next year or two.
Clint Wynn works in the upper-80s >>
Gm # 535 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Elite 17U White vs. Texas Dukes
Team Elite 17U White RHP Clint Wynn (2012, Houston County HS, Ga.) only threw 1 inning starting a game that ended in a 3-3 tie against the Texas Dukes, but he showed easy arm strength sitting at 86-89.
Moore blasts grand slam >>
Gm # 534 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Elite 18U vs. So Cal Elite
Team Elite 18U switch-hitting third baseman Nicky Moore (2011, Brockwood HS, Ga.) reached on each of his 4 plate appearances, with a grand slam easily standing out on a day he walked, was hit by a pitch twice and drove in 5 runs.  At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Moore has very good strength.  He has a fluid stroke with good bat speed and plate coverage, consistently driving the ball hard to all fields.  The home run was his second of the tournament, with 3 of his 4 hits going for extra bases.
2013 RHP Lawrence pitches well >>
Gm # 533 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM PBB 17U vs. Tucker Dodgers
PBB 17U RHP Nicholas Lawrence (2013, Weillington Community HS, Fla.) was sharp in his scoreless 4 inning stint, striking out 8 hitters and allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk.  With a lean and lanky 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, it's easy to envision his current 82-86 fastball jumping up over the next year as he continues to mature and add strength.
LHP Kopenski with sharp CG effort >>
Gm # 532 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Suncoast Select 18 vs. Texas Sports Red 18U
Suncoast Select 18 LHP Ryan Kopenski (2012, Wiregress Ranch HS, Fla.) struck out 8 in 7 full innings in a 5-1 victory over Texas Sports Red 18U.  He showed an effective 3-pitch mix, including a 73-77 fastball, a mid-60s slow curve and a changeup.

Teammate Jimmy Diven (2011, Springstead HS, Fla.), primarily a LHP, went 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and 3 RBI.
3 South Florida Thunder Ps combine for 1 hitter >>
Gm # 531 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM PLAYGROUND ALLSTARS vs. South Florida Thunder
South Florida Thunder RHPs Richie Barbella (2012, Miami Christian, Fla.), Lance Elder (2011, South Dade HS, Fla.) and Eric Santamaria (2011, Sunset HS, Fla.) combined on a 1-hit shutout over the Playground All-Stars.  Elder showed the best stuff of the trio, throwing a 85-88 fastball and striking out 3 batters in 2 innings.
Carlos Ruiz looks sharp in win >>
Gm # 530 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Atlanta Elite Giants vs. Bucky Dent Bandits UCLA
Bucky Dent Bandits UCLA RHP Carlos Ruiz (Panama City, PA) turned in a solid performance against the Atlanta Elite Giants, going the distance in a 5-inning, 13-1 victory.  It was easily Ruiz' best pitching performance during the tournament, striking out 6 and allowing only 4 hits.  He has an extra-large, athletic, 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame with broad shoulders and long, wiry strong limbs.  Ruiz pounded the strike zone, using his size well by pitching on a downhill plane to produce 83-87 heat, topping out at 89.  He set up hitters well, working fast and flashing potential with his 78-72 curveball.

Atlanta Elite Giants 1B Fred Williams (2012, Morgan County HS, Ga.) continued to hit the ball well in Marietta, recording 1 of the 4 hits and driving in the only run that Ruiz allowed.  Williams offers a large, mature, pro-style frame with exciting power potential as a left-handed hitter.
TGBA 17U wins in the bottom of the 7th to advance >>
Gm # 545 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM TGBA 17U vs. Oklahoma Drillers
TGBA 17U IF Robert Currie (2012, Lovett HS, Ga.) walked, stole second base and scored on a Brock Maxwell (2013, Lambert HS, Ga.) single, all with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, to beat the Oklahoma Drillers.  TGBA 17U advances to the Quarterfinals where they will play the East Cobb Braves 17U team.

The focus on the game started with a matchup between two promising right-handed pitchers, Oklahoma Drillers' Chase Williams (Broken Arrow HS, Okla.) and TGBA 17U's Eric Nyquist (2011, Alpharetta HS, Ga.)

The pitching strength of the Broken Arrow program continued to be on display with Williams, who showed a loose arm while pitching downhill with a tall and projectable 6-foot-6, 205-pound frame.  He threw strikes, sitting in the 81-85 range while peaking at 88 mph.  While he threw mostly fastballs, he dropped in an occasional curveball.  Williams struck out 4 in 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit, but did give up 3 runs (only 1 earned).

2012 LHP Jacob Evans will continue to carry the pitching torch for Broken Arrow next season, with an athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pound build and plenty of room for added strength.  His arm works well, with deception to his delivery and some late life to his 80-84 mph fastball.  He also showed good depth on his 12-to-6 curveball that hovered around 70 mph.

Nyquist, a Mercer recruit, showed the ability to throw strikes with his 84-88 fastball.  His fastball had some late life to it, and was able to drop in an occasional curveball to keep the opposing hitters off balance.  Nyquist shows good moxie on the mound with a deceptive delivery and a fast-paced tempo, leading to 8 strikeouts in his 5 inning stint.
San Diego Show offense continues to click >>
Gm # 546 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM San Diego Show vs. Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs
The star-studded lineup of the San Diego Show continued to produce against the Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs, taking this game 8-0 as the Show moves on to a Quarterfinal matchup against the Homeplate Chilidogs.

Leadoff hitter Nick Ruppert (2012, St. Augustine HS, Calif.) continues to do a good job atop the order, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

3-hole hitter Corey Oswalt (2012, James Madison HS, Calif.) also continues to swing the bat well, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

2010 Aflac All-American Phillip Evans (2011, LaCosta Canyon HS, Calif.) had a double and 4 RBI in a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Jake Reed (2011, Helix Charter HS, Calif) started, and finished the game for the Show after pitching an inning earlier in the day.  His electric arm speed is evident, throwing strikes with an explosive fastball that sat in the upper-80s to low 90s, peaking at 92.  He continued to throw s sharp slider as well, giving him two legitimate swing-and-miss pitches.  He was particularly efficient in this game, striking out 2 batters and allowing only 2 hits during his 5 inning outing.

Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs starter Kevin McAvoy (2011, Westhill HS, N.Y.) took the mound after tossing an inning yesterday, showing the same effortless delivery and mound presence.  He worked 85-89 as a starter over his 3 innings, striking out 4 batters.
Switch pitcher, hitter Aubrey McCarty comes up big >>
Gm # 544 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Homeplate Chilidogs vs. Next Level Baseball
Next Level Baseball LHP Thomas Watson (2012, Lincoln HS, Fla.) started, and finished, the playoff matchup against the Homeplate Chilidogs.  He struck out 5 in 6 innings of work, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.  He did a nice job throwing strikes with a 75-80 mph fastball, but relied more on a sharp upper-60s curveball.

Homeplate Chilidogs Aubrey McCarty (2013, Colquitt County HS, Ga.) was a hair better than Watson is a 3-2 Chilidogs victory, also going the distance with 3 strikeouts in 7 innings.  McCarty has the rare ability to throw with both hands, and also is a switch-hitter.  His solo home run proved to be the difference in this game.  As a pitcher, he worked in the 75-82 range with an easy delivery.  He kept hitters off balance with an aggressive approach while changing speeds.

Chilidogs OF Jeremy Taylor (2012, Fayette HS, Ga.) makes an impact on the bases and can cover a lot of ground in the outfield.  His skill-set suits him perfectly to lead off, and went 1-for-3 in this game.  Taylor is 6-for-18 in the tournament, stealing 2 bases in as many attempts.  He's currently ranked 414th in the class of 2012.
Shelly shuts down the Warhawks >>
Gm # 543 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Dulin Dodgers vs. Ohio Warhawks
John Marc Shelly (2012, St. George HS, Tenn.) took the mound against the Ohio Warhawks for the Dulin Dodgers and pitched very well.  Throwing mostly 85-91 fastballs, he worked 6 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts as the Dodgers moved on with a 5-1 victory.

Mike Maiello (2013, Desert Oasis HS, Nev.) started opposite Shelly for the Ohio Warhawks, and while he got roughed up early in this game, he showed good stuff.  His fastball sat at 86-88 with a low-70s curveball.  With a lean, projectable frame, he's a name to watch over the next 2 years.

Leadoff hitter Mookie Betts (2011, John Overton HS, Tenn.) continues to play well.  He had another hit in this game, and is now 9-for-21 in the tournament.  A good overall athlete, he makes the game look easy with natural instincts defensively, as a hitter and on the basepaths.  He has committed to play in-state for the Volunteers.

Alabama recruit and 2-way player Kyle Overstreet (2012, Boaz HS, Ala.) went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Dodgers with a run and 1 RBI, and also pitched the final inning of the game.  He threw his fastball at 86-88 with a clean, easy delivery.

Daniel Schneider with big day at plate, on mound >>
Gm # 527 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM North East Rays vs. East Cobb Cubs 18s
East Cobb Cubs 18s RHP/IF Daniel Schneider (2011, Mt. Pisgah HS, Ga.) contributed both at the plate and on the mound in a 11-10 loss to the North East Rays.  He went 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 3 RBI, including a home run while also flashing 90 heat on the mound in his inning of work.  The 6-foot-5, 200-pound 2-way talent has committed to play for Western Carolina.

North East Rays Connor Perry (2012, Central Catholic HS, Mass.), primarily a positional player, took the mound and threw 84-87 in his inning of work.
Kansas City RHP shows good size, stuff >>
Gm # 522 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Florida Elite Sports vs. KC Select
KC Select RHP Jordan Witcig (2012, Staley HS, MO) offers promise at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, built with long, strong limbs and broad shoulders, pointing to natural added strength with maturity.  He showed good command of a 83-86 mph fastball that peaked at 88, mixing in a promising low-70s curve.  He went the distance in a 8-1 victory over Florida Elite Sports, giving up only 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 4 in 7 innings.
EC Yankees RHP Will Carter sharp in victory >>
Gm # 518 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Chain Black '12 vs. East Cobb Yankees
The East Cobb Yankees advanced past the Chain Black '12 squad, largely thanks to the pitching effort of primary positional player Will Carter (2011, Science Hill HS, Tenn.).  Carter offers an athletic and projectable 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame.  He exhibited very good command, throwing strikes with a 84-88/89 fastball and a big, slow curve.  He gave up only 3 hits and didn't allow a run while striking out a pair in his 7 innings of work as part of a 5-0 victory.
After shining on mound in AM, Buxton goes 2-3 >>
Gm # 517 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Round Trip Baseball vs. Tampa Panthers
Round Trip Baseball's Byron Buxton (2012, Appling County HS, Ga.) certainly is having himself a very impressive tournament run.  After throwing a gem to oust the Florida Bombers this morning, he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.  He quite simply is an exciting all-around talent that makes the game look easy with plus tools across the board.

And Buxton played a big part in this win aside from his base hits, getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs which kept the inning alive for Drew Kelley (2011, Bainbridge HS, Ga.), who drove in a pair with a double to beat the Tampa Panthers 6-5 in walk-off fashion.

RHP Tanner Anderson (2011, Plant HS, Fla.) was on the mound for that hit, but overall threw a fantastic game for the Panthers.  He went the distance, striking out out 4.  He showed good command and threw strikes, with an easy, loose arm and solid mechancis.  His fastball was 85-88 and up to 91, mixing in a very sharp mid-70s curveball.  He has committed to play for Harvard.
Bolt, Crownover lead EC Braves 17U to next round >>
Gm # 516 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Showtime Baseball vs. East Cobb Braves 17u
Skye Bolt (2012, Holy Innocents, Ga.) continued his hot hitting on the day, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, standing out from a talented East Cobb Braves 17U lineup.

LHP Matthew Crownover (2012, Ringgold HS, Ga.) allowed only 1 hit while striking out 9 in 5 innings of work, leading to a 8-0 win over Showtime Baseball.  Crownover showed good command with all of his pitches, throwing strikes and pitching aggressively.  He has smooth mechanics and easy arm strength, working 86-90 touching 91 while also throwing a good curveball and changeup.  A Clemson recruit, Crownover is currently ranked the 46th best 2012 player.
Dylan Smith's 1st inning blast enough to win >>
Gm # 515 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Xtreme vs. Excel Blue Wave
Excel Blue Wave infielder Dylan Smith (2012, Clay-Chalkville HS, Ala.) hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 1st inning, which turned out to be all the runs his team would score in a 2-1 victory over Team Xtreme.  Smith is an Auburn recruit, and one of the top 2012 players.  He shows excellent bat speed with leverage and power to all fields. 

And those 2 runs were all that Smith's Clay-Chalkville and Excel Blue Wave teammate Trent Higginbotham (2011) would need.  He went the full 7 innings in this contest, giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9.  He shows outstanding arm speed and life on his 87-90 fastball that peaked at 91.  He threw mostly fastballs, but sprinkled in a few breaking pitches along the way.  Higginbotham was selected by the Twins in the 26th round of the draft last month, and has committed to play for Shelton State CC.

Eric Comstock (2011, Middleton HS, Fla.) started opposite Higginbotham for Team Xtreme, and also went the distance.  He allowed only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings of work, and the only runs he allowed came on Smith's 1st-inning blast.  Comstock showed good command and the ability to change speeds with his 3-pitch repertoire that includes a 84-87 fastball, a mid-70s curve and a changeup that hovers around 80.
Ty Hensley, Cody Kukuk, Alex Massey throw heat >>
Gm # 511 | 7/7/2011 | 11:00 AM Texas Sun Devils vs. EJ Sports Warriors
A trio of Texas Sun Devils pitchers each tossed 2 innings in a consolation game against the EJ Sports Warriors.

RHP Ty Hensley (2012, Sana Fe HS, Okla.) is a talented 2-way star, and one of the top 2012 prospects overall.  He offers a strong, sturdy frame and a visible presence on the mound.  His arm is loose, and easily worked in the 89-92 range touching 94.  Hensley got knocked around a little in this outing, and struggled a little with control, but did manage to strike out a pair of batters.

LHP Cody Kukuk (2011, Lawrence Free State HS, Kan.) was up next, who didn't match the 94 peak velocity he reached his last time out, but did manage to hit 93 while sitting at 90-92.  He threw mostly fastballs in his outing, throwing strikes while striking out a pair.  He was drafted in the 7th round by the Red Sox last month, and has committed to play for Kansas.

RHP Alex Massey (2011, Catholic HS, La.) was also drafted by the Red Sox, going in the 27th round last month.  He is a Tulane recruit, and like Kukuk has been showing improving stuff.  Showing a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and a loose arm, it's easy to project him throwing consistently harder than the 87-90/91 fastball he showed today.  Again, throwing mostly fastballs in a 2-inning stint, Massey struck out a batter showing good pitching savvy on the mound.

The Sun Devils' lineup also has several recognizable players, including Gavin Cecchini (2012, Barbe HS, La.) who went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run out of the leadoff spot.  He's a solid player across the board, with good overall athleticism, speed and a quick, line drive bat.  He's currently ranked 45th in the 2012 class, and has committed to play for Ole Miss.
2014 LHP shows reason for excitement >>
Gm # 510 | 7/7/2011 | 11:00 AM Bucky Dent Bandits Royal vs. East Cobb Cubs
Bucky Dent Bandits Royal 2014 LHP Edwin Nunez (Noestra Senora HS, Pa.) showed plenty of reason to be excited about this young man's future.  You start with his size, at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, and you have a good foundation for added strength and velocity.  You move onto his velocity and see and easy 81-83 fastball.  Nunez also shows good command and composure on the, using his size well to throw on a downhill plane.  He threw mostly fastballs, as his secondary pitches not surprisingly still need work, but he shows the good foundation of both a curve and a changeup.
RHPs Delee, Henderson top 90 >>
Gm # 509 | 7/7/2011 | 10:00 AM Dulin Dodgers vs. Citius Bandits
Dulin Dodgers RHP Caleb Delee (2011, Collierville HS, Tenn.) tossed 5 strong innings in a 10-0 victory over the Citius Bandits, striking out 4.  The Ole Miss recruit had difficultly consistently finding the strike zone, but that did make him effectively wild thanks to a running 85-89 fastball that peaked at 91.  He worked quickly, throwing mostly fastballs, and has some projectability in his athletic 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame.

Citius Bandits RHP Shane Henderson (2010, Grayson County College) also pitched in the 90s, working regularly in the 85-89 range.  Drafted in the 20th round by the Dodgers a year ago, he showed good command of both his heavy fastball and late-breaking upper-70s slider.
Stephen Gant goes distance vs. Gatorball Academy >>
Gm # 508 | 7/7/2011 | 10:00 AM Gatorball Baseball Academy vs. Ohio Warhawks
Ohio Warhawks RHP Stephen Gant (Riverside HS, Tenn.), currently ranked 186 among the 2012 class, went 7 strong innings in a 5-3 win over Gatorball Baseball Academy.  He struck out 12 and allowed 6 hits and only 1 walk, using a 86-89 fastball that touched 91.  He has a clean, effortless arm action with the ability to snap off a promising low-70s curve as well, and maintained his velocity well as he still touched 90-91 in his final inning of work.
2013 RHP David Ellingson shows promise >>
Bobby Valentine's All-American Team RHP David Ellingson (2013, College Park HS, Texas) shows an easy, quick arm that produced 84-88 fastballs.  He pounded the strike zone in 1.1 innings, striking out a pair in a 3-2 victory over CenTex Prospects.

Montana 2012 LHP Caleb Frare (Custer County District HS) took the mound again, and again showed easy 84-88 heat.
Chilidogs' Stuckey shuts down Team Gwinnett >>
Gm # 501 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Gwinnett vs. Homeplate Chilidogs
The Homeplate Chilidogs scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings, more than enough for RHP Jerry Stuckey (2011, Home-schooled, Ga.) to work with.  The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Georgia State recruit used a 81-86 fastball and a slow curve to carve up Team Gwinnett, and leading the Chilidogs to a 6-0 victory.  Stuckey struck out 9 and gave up only 1 hit and a walk in 7 innings.
Oswalt's big hit in 8th leads to SD Show victory >>
Gm # 500 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles vs. San Diego Show
Top 2012 prospect Corey Oswalt (James Madison HS, Calif.) hit a bases clearing double in the top of the 8th, in a game that went to extra frames against Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles, to secure a 6-2 win.

Show starter RHP John Gamble (2013, Santa Fe Christian School) used a 83-87 mph fastball and a mid-70s breaking ball to cruise through 7 innings, giving up only a pair of hits and striking out 7 along the way.

RHP Jake Reed came on in the bottom of the 8th to close things out, using a 88-91 fastball with late life and aggressive, bulldog approach to make quick work of the Seminoles.

Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles RHP Chris Oakley (2013, St.. Augustine Prep, N.J.) is a name to watch over the next 1-2 years, with a super-sized 6-foot-8, 225-pound frame that makes it easy to dream of what his current 84-90 mph stuff could become.
Kentucky recruit C Greg Fettes with big hit >>
Gm # 498 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM South Oakland A's 18U vs. Next Level Baseball
South Oakland A's 18U C Greg Fettes (2011, Lamphere HS, Mich.) had a big day at the plate despite losing to Next Level Baseball 5-4.  Fettes, a Kentucky recruit that was drafted in the 43rd round by the Tigers, is a large, strong athlete at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds.  He has very strong forearms and wrists giving his good bat speed, and showed off his loft power by clubbing a 2-run home run in this game.