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2011 WWBA World Championship

 



South Jersey Beat Georgia Texas Orange 2-0 >>
Gm # 195 | 10/24/2011 | 10:30 AM Georgia PG Texas Orange vs. South Jersey PG Purple
A couple of Perfect Game teams squared off in a Monday morning consolation tilt with South Jersey PG Purple beating Georgia PG Texas Orange 2-0.

South Jersey RHP Edgar Lebron (2012, Matin Van Buren HS, Richmond Hill, NY) is a top position prospect as an athletic OF, he was up to 84 on the mound.

LHP Andrew Schoor (2012, Audubon HS, Vorhees, NJ) was at 90 with loose, easy arm action and a 72 mph curve and changeup and CJ Kaenzig (2012, Oakcrest HS, Hammonton, NJ) was up to 81.

Texas Orange LHP Will Gilbert (2012, Green Hope HS, Morrisville, NC) topped at 85.
Marlins Scout Team/East Cobb Astros >>
Gm # 194 | 10/24/2011 | 10:30 AM East Cobb Astros vs. Marlins Scout Team
In a consolation game that featured as much talent as the semifinal games going on just a couple of fields over the Marlins Scout Team beat the East Cobb Astros 6-1.

Marlins RHP Cal Becker (2012, Redwood HS, Kentfield, CA) was back on the mound and topped 92 with lots of quickness in his arm. His curveball was at 75, slider at 84, and changeup at 80.

LHP Art Moran Vidrio (2012, Orange Lutheran, Santa Ana, CA) is a top position prospect and was up to 85 on the mound. RHP John Pena (2012, Xaverian HS, Brookly, NY) topped at 85, RHP Jesus Medina (2012, Manhattan Center, New York, NY) was up to 89. LHP Dominic Smith (2013, Serra HS, Los Angeles, CA) was up to 92 and is one of the top 2013 prospects as an OF as well.

East Cobb RHP Blake Hamilton (2014, Heritage HS, Ringgold, GA) topped at 86, RHP Lucas Cadalzo (2013, Milton HS, Alpharetta, GA) at 85, RHP Wesley Jones (2013, Redan HS, Lithonia, GA) at 88, RHP Wade Bailey (2014, Villa Rica, GA HS) at 80, and LHP Brandon Sattenfield (2014, Chapel Hill HS, Douglasville, GA) at 80. 
Northwest Scout Team OF Theo Alexander >>
Gm # 193 | 10/24/2011 | 10:30 AM Team British Columbia vs. Northwest Scout Team
If you have been scout blogs the name OF Theo Alexander's (2012, Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, WA) is a familiar one by now with his performance in Jupiter this weekend.

The strong, athletic left-handed hitter doubled and tripled in the Nortwest Scout Team's 0-0 with Team British Columbia. He has a strong, balanced approach and quick hands, using them to sting the ball to all fields. He has big power potential and also easy, fluid defensive tools in the outfield.

Northwest Scout Team OF Justin Black (2012, West HS, Billings, MT) is another athletic OF with speed and bat speed. He is committed to join new coach Darin Erstad at Nebraska next fall.

Nortwest RHP Joe Wainhouse (2014, Kentridge HS, Kent, WA) is a big, strong pitcher with velo up to 87.
Syracuse/ABD Victory Clear Out Bullpens >>
Gm # 192 | 10/24/2011 | 8:00 AM ABD Victory vs. Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs
Here are the pitching highlights from the Syrcause SportsZone Chiefs 12-5 victory over ABC Victory.

-Chiefs RHP Steve Klimek (2012, Greece Arcadia HS, Greece, NY) threw his fastball at 84 with a 69 mph curveball and 74 mph changeup.
-RHP Ryan Clark (2012, Johnson City, NY HS) was 86, curveball at 71.
-LHP Matt Portland (2012, Victor, NY HS) topped at 87 with a 74 mph curveball and 77 mph changeup.

-ABD RHP Justin Hukill (2012, Falbrook, CA HS) was up to 84 with a 74 mph curveball.
-RHP Corey Dempster (2013, Loyola HS, South Pasadena, CA) is a top position prospect and threw 85, curveball at 74.
-LHP Anthony Fernandez (2012, Mission Hills HS, San Marcos, CA) topped at 85.
Richmond Braves Take Consolation Win >>
Gm # 191 | 10/24/2011 | 8:00 AM Richmond Braves National vs. Dallas Tigers
The Richmond Braves took a 10-2 consolation win from the Dallas Tigers Monday morning.

Richmond OF Texas Williams (2012, Centreville, VA HS) is a great athlete and a player to watch. He is a above average runner with bat speed and power potential. Teammate SS Charlie Yorgen (2013, St. Christopher's, Richmond, VA) has matured physically since this summer and is a leadoff hitter with easy contact skills as well as smooth, easy defensive tools at SS.

Braves pitchers RHP Adrian Powell Jr. (2013 Broad Run HS, Ashburn, VA) topped at 86, RHP Ben Nolan (2012, Bethel Park HS, Southpark, PA) at 86.

Tigers standouts were IF Max Negoslawski (2012, Plano, TX HS) a good athlete with a projectable bat and pop to all fields. OF Tanner Gardner (2014, Frisco Centennial, Frisco, TX) is one of the few 2014s in the tournament and is a prospect to follow with his strength and bat speed. 
Combined Nine Arms Throw in ASBA vs. Orioles >>
Gm # 190 | 10/24/2011 | 8:00 AM All Star Baseball Academy vs. Orioles Scout Team
All Star Baseball Academy threw five different pitchers.

-RHP Drew Hayes (2012, Malvern Prep, Collegeville, PA) topped at 78 with long loose arm action.
-RHP Chris Shaffer (2012, Plum HS, Pittsburgh, PA) was up to 79.
-RHP Danny Rosenbaum (2012, Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS, Lafayette Hill, PA) is a top position prospect and was up to 89.
-RHP Ryan Hissey (2012, Unionville HS, West Chester, PA) topped at 81.
-RHP Scott Williams (2012, Conestoga HS, Berwyn, PA) is a top catching propsect and was up to 89 on the hill.

-Orioles RHP Austin Clark (2012, Archbishop Spalding HS, Elkridge, MD) topped at 78.
-RHP Mark Curtis (2013, Phillipsburg-Osc., Phillipsburg, PA) at 81.
-LHP Garrett Brooks (2012, Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, VA) threw 81.
-LHP Jayme Murray (2013, Alexandria, VA) at 78.
Tri-State Bests PG Texas Orange 3-1 >>
Tri-State Arsenal RHP Sean Kelly (2013, Cherokee HS, Marlton, NJ) topped at 87 and RHP Zach Gallen (2013, Bishop Eustace Prep, Gibbsboro, NJ) was at 84 in their 3-1 win over Georgia PG Texas Orange.

Tri-State OF Edgar Lebron (2012, Martin Van Buren HS, Richmond Hill, NY) stands out with his athleticism and outfield tools with good range and lots of arm strength.

Texas Orange RHPs Colin McGuire (2012, Milton HS, Alpharetta, GA) topped at 80 and Bradley Schwartz (2013, Walton HS, Marietta, GA) was up to 82.
Sandlot/Baseball U Show All Arms >>
Gm # 188 | 10/24/2011 | 8:00 AM Sandlot/Midwest Scout Team vs. Baseball U
Sandlot/Midwest Scout Team and Baseball U showcased all their available arms in their consolation game Monday with Sandlot throwing five different pitchers and Baseball U countering with four. Here are the highlights.:

-Sandlot RHP Cory Taylor (2012, Owasso HS, Collinsvile, OK) topped at 88 with a 69 mph curveball and 75 mph changeup.
-RHP Daniel Kihle (2012, Andale HS, Goddard, KS) was at 81.
-RHP Tyler Yancey (2012, Smackover, AR HS) topped at 84.
-LHP Austin Kerns (2013, Owasso, OK HS) at 83.
-RHP Preston Laing (2012, Owasso, OK HS) at 84.

Baseball U RHP Frank Alexander (2012, Wyoming Valley, Fort Fort, PA) was up to 89 with a 74 mph curveball and 76 mph change.

-LHP Christian Colletti (2012, Southside HS, Rockville Centre, NY) was at 87 with an effortless delivery.
-RHP Tom Burns (2012, Don Bosco Prep, Fairlawn, NJ) topped at 89.

Baseball U 1B Christopher Shaw (2012, Lexington, MA HS) is a big power bat with lots of strength and bat speed.
ABD Ends Tourney With 3-1 Win >>
Gm # 187 | 10/24/2011 | 8:00 AM ABD Bulldogs vs. Royals Baseball Club
The ABD Bulldogs beat Royals Baseball in a star-studded early consolation game Monday morning.

ABD starter RHP Kiernan Lovegrove (2012, Mission Viejo, CA HS) topped at 92 with loose easy arm action and good extension. He also threw a curveball at 80 and a changeup at 83.

Perfect Game All-American SS Tanner Rahier (2012, Palm Desert HS, Indian Wells, CA) had a big day at the plate with a triple and a long home run to left-field. He is a San Diego commit and one of the top players in the 2012 clas. Fellow All-American Daniel Robertson (2012, Upland, CA HS) played first base rather than third and showed a loose swing with bat speed and lots of potential as a player.

Royals RHP Erich Knab (2012, Carolina Forest HS, Conway, SC) topped at 94 earlier in the weekend and was up to 93 today. He is a long projectable righty with smooth arm action and a balanced delivery. He threw a 78 mph curveball to go along with his fastball.

RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (2012, Fort Worth Christian HS, Keller, TX) topped at 88, and fellow Texan SS Spencer Edwards (2012, Rockwall, TX HS) is an athletic SS with bat speed and lots of athleticism.
Marucci Elite Claims 2011 WWBA World Championship >>
The Marucci Elite defeated the upstart Central Florida PG Royal 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium to win the 14th edition of the WWBA World Championship.

The victory means the Marucci is the first organization in WWBA history to outright hold both the WWBA World and Underclass crowns at the same time.  The East Cobb Astros won the 2005 WWBA Underclass championship and shared the World Championship with Chet Lemon's Juice.

Four players, SS Oscar Mercado, IF Blake Hennessey, C/RHP Adrian Chacon and C Andrew Dunlap, were members of both the Underclass and World Championship team and will be the proud owners of two rings.

Marucci RHP Marcus Brakeman received the Most Valuable Pitcher award.  The senior right hander from Tierra Verde, Florida, who has a verbal commitment to Stanford, picked up a save in a 5-4 win over Next Level Baseball on Friday afternoon, then came back against a very talented Canes Baseball team in the quarterfinals on Sunday evening and came within one pitch of a no-hitter in a game Marucci would eventually win 2-1.

The overall theme of the Championship was the quantity and quality of dominant pitching, so there were no obvious MVP candidates with overwhelming offensive numbers.  In addition, there were even fewer players who combined pitching and hitting excellence.

For instance, Marucci finished the event with an 7-0-1 record and scored 27 runs in 8 games, averaging fewer than 6 hits per game.

The hitter who stood out throughout the entire tournament for Marucci was OF Ty Moore, a senior from Mission Viejo, California who is planning on attending Stanford.  Moore hit 3rd in the line up and went 7-19 (.350) with 5 walks, 5 runs scored and 3 Rbi's during the tournament.  His leadoff triple in the third inning of the championship game set the stage for Marucci to tie the game at 2-2.
Central FL PG Royal's 7th inning rally falls short >>
Gm # 186 | 10/24/2011 | 11:30 AM Central FL PG Royal vs. Marucci Elite
Marucci survived a one man rally from Central FL PG Royal DH Chase Vogelbach, who led off the 7th inning with a hard line drive single to left. After stealing second the tying run would be stranded in scoring position when Hunter Newman induced a liner to 2B Chris Rivera to clinch the title.
Champ. Update: Marucci pulls ahead >>
With two away in the bottom of the sixth C Michael Barash lined a single to kick off a two out rally. Chase Nyman followed with an aggressive hack to blast a deep fly ball to the opposite gap. After making stellar defensive plays in CF all day, Alexis Rivera came up just short attempting to rob extra bass yet again, allowing the ball to get by him, scoring speedy courtesy runner Corey Ray from first to put Marucci on top 3-2. To the 7th we go.
Champ. Update: Still even after 5 >>
While Marucci has used a parade of quality arms, Central Florida PG Royal has ridden workhorse Tyler Howe for 5 innings. The sturdy righty has competed well, scattering 7 hits against Marucci's lineup of highly ranked players. Howe has consistently sat 85-87 with his fastball and executed in tough spots.
Champ. Update: Marucci pitching depth impressive >>
At this stage of the tournament most teams are short on pitching. For Marucci Elite that is clearly not the case, as they have used three pitchers to this point, all of whom have shown quality stuff. Starter Mitchell Sewald touched 89 with his fastball with good sink and supplemented it with a pair of solid secondary offerings in a low 80s change up with nice fade and a 75 mph curve with good downer break. Lefty Tyler Marker sat 84-85 with a nice 78 mph change. The latest impressive Marucci arm Hunter Newman has been 85-87 with a quality 76 mph curve with hard spin. The talented group has held Central Florida scoreless in 4 of the first 5 frames to keep the score tied at 2-2 midway through the 5th.
Single Play Opens Floodgates in PG Victory >>
Gm # 185 | 10/24/2011 | 9:00 AM Central FL PG Royal vs. Texas Sun Devils
Sometimes a game hinges on a single play that doesn't even show up in the box score.

The Texas Sun Devils held a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning with one out and Central Florida PG Royal runners at the corners.  C Karl Ellison hit a tailor made double play ball to SS Gavin Cecchini, who fed 2B Max Dutto at second.  Dutto, however, couldn't get the ball out of his glove to complete the double play, enabling the tying run to score. 

Two walks, a hit by pitch, a ground rule double by SS Christian Arroyo, followed by a single by OF Edwin Rios quickly made the score 6-1 and completely changed the nature and outcome of the game.

LHP Nate Brecklin (2012, Eustis, FL) threw 4 shutout innings to start the game for Central Florida. He was dominate allowing only 2 hits to the high-powered Sun Devil lineup while striking out 5 batters. Brecklin, committed to The Citadel, was 83-85 with a 76 mph breaking ball. He set up the hitters well and kept them off balance. He showed a good feel for his curveball. RHP Jeffrey Passantino (2014, Cape Coral, FL) went the last 3 innings to get the save.
Champ. Update: Pullen pulls Marucci even >>
Marucci Elite OFs Ty Moore and Andrew Pullen hammered line drives in the bottom of the third to even the score at 2-2. Moore led off with a rising liner to the warning track in right center for a leadoff triple. Pullin followed with his second hard line drive single of the day, this one at 93 off the bat to plate Moore.
Marucci Edges Reds Scout Team to Reach Final >>
Gm # 184 | 10/24/2011 | 9:00 AM Marucci Elite vs. Reds Midwest Scout Team
Marucci Elite overcame an early 2-0 deficit to edge Reds Midwest Scout Team 4-3 and claim a spot in the championship game of the 2011 WWBA World Championships.

Marucci is now in position to become the only team to win both the WWBA World Underclass and WWBA World Championship outright in the same year.  The East Cobb Astros won the 2005 World Underclass title and split the 2005 World Championship with Chet Lemon's Juice when the championship game was rained out.

A couple of Reds errors in the 4th inning set the stage for a 3 run inning for Marucci the essentially determined the game.  IF Chase Nyman (2012, Pascagoula, MS) had a 2 out double to plate the lead run.

LHP Hunter DeVall (2012, Clinton, LA) threw 5 2/3 innings to get the win, with SS/RHP Chris Rivera working out of jams in both the 6th and 7th inning to get the save.
Champ. Update: Central FL capitalizes in 2nd >>
After cursing through the first inning Mitchell Sewald lost his feel in the second. A leadoff walk to Edwin Gabriel Rios was followed by a hanging breaking ball to Nick Longhi that was lined hard into left. After striking out Travis Maezes in a long battle he got a ground ball but a rushed throw kept the inning alive. DH Chase Vogelbach came to the plate and made it hurt, hammering a 2 run double to put Central Florida on top 2-1.
Central Florida Takes 2-1 Lead in Second >>
OF Edwin Rios led off the second inning with a walk for Central Florida, advanced on a single by 1B Nick Longhi and eventually scored on a wild double play turn on a ground ball by C Willies Estrada.

OF Chase Vogelbach then followed with a long 2-out double over the Marucci centerfielder's head to plate Estrada for the second run and chase Marucci starter Mitchell Sewald.

LHP Trey Marker is now on the mound for Marucci.
Champ. Update: Chacon puts Marucci on the board >>
Marucci RHP Mitchell Sewald retired Central FL in order in the first, sitting 86-88. In the bottom half his offense went to work. SS Oscar Mercado lifted a fly ball that fell into the Bermuda Triangle down the LF line. Mercado, who was hustling out of the box, stretched the blooper into a double with his legs. Mercado would move into scoring position on a hard ground ball off the bat of Ty Moore. C Adrian Chacon followed with a screaming liner back up the box that registered at 96 mph off the bat. Andrew Pullin followed suit wi one of his own at 99 but Tyler Howe escaped with the bases loaded with the damage limited to one run.
Marucci Takes 1-0 Lead After 1 Inning >>
C Adrian Chacon singled home Oscar Mercado with a 2-out single for the first run of the game. 

OF Andrew Pullin followed with a single to put runners on first and second and C Michael Barash followed with a crisp single to right field to load the bases, as Chacon was held at third.

IF Chase Nyman, who has been swinging a hot bat in the playoffs, grounded out to end the inning, however.
World Championship live blog >>
The 2011 WWBA World Championship title game is underway at Roger Dean Stadium. PG will be providing live updates of the action in this space.
Central Florida Goes Easily in the First >>
Marucci RHP Mitchell Sewald had an easy first inning, retiring the side in order on a ground out, strike out and fly ball to left field.

Oscar Mercado led off the bottom of the first for Marucci with a double to left field.
Marucci Elite/Central Florida PG Royal Underway >>
The Championship Game of the 2011 WWBA World Championships is underway at Roger Dean Stadium, with the Marucci Elite the home team against the visiting Central Florida PG Royal.

RHP Mitchell Sewald (2012, Mandeville, LA) is on the mound to start for Marucci, while RHP Tyler Howe (2012, Chuluota, FL) will be the starting pitcher for Central Florida.
Ontario Blue Jays Cruise to 12-0 Win >>
Gm # 196 | 10/24/2011 | 10:30 AM Ontario Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia PG Black
The Ontario Blue Jays rolled over Philadelphia PG Black 12-0 to end their WWBA World Championship. The Blue Jays scored in every inning and had nine base hits in the four frames.

3B Connor Stevenson (2013, Keswick, ON HS) had two hits and is a strong bat with good extension and pull pop. OF Derek Jones (2012, St. Marguerite d'Youville, Brampton, ON) is a long, lean athlete with a smooth swing and very good athleticism.

Philly Black RHP Richard Condeelis (2012, Tunkhannock HS, Mehoopany, PA) topped at 82 and both RHP Matthew Rivera (2013, Montverde Academy, Pennsauken, NJ) and RHP Steven Pinales (2012, Lehman HS, Bronx, NY) were up to 81.
Central FL PG Stuns FTB Mizuno 5-3 >>
Central Florida PG Royal survived a late FTB Mizuno rally to prevail 5-3 and gain a place in the semifinals.  The emotionally charged game pitted 2 teams from the same organization against each other, with the team made up primarily of FTB second team members winning.

The early innings were scoreless as Central Florida LHP Ian McKinney (2013, Orlando, FL) and Mizuno RHP Zach Eflin (2013, Chuliota, FL) were dominant. 

The 5-11/175 McKinney struck out 10 hitters in 4 2/3 innings of work, working at 87-90 mph with pinpoint control, an excellent 77-80 mph change up that he used against right handed hitters and a sharp 74 mph curveball that he used to strike out Mizuno All-American left handed hitters David Dahl and Jesse Winker.

Eflin was just as effective for shorter length of time, throwing 3 no hit innings and striking out 7.

Central Florida grabbed control of the game with 3 unearned runs in the 4th inning and added 2 more on a single by SS Christian Arroyo (2013, Spring Hill, FL).

Winker almost changed the game in the 5th inning when his 2 out, bases loaded fly ball to right field was caught on the warning track

Mizuno mounted a rally in the last inning, scoring 3 runs and bringing up Dahl with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out.  But Dahl grounded out to end the game.
Marucci Wins on Mercado's Walk-Off Single >>
Marucci Elite pulled off a dramatic 2-1 win over Canes Baseball Sunday night and win a spot in the semifinals.  SS Oscar Mercado (2013, Tampa, FL) drove in IF Chase Nyman (2012, Pascagoula, MS) with a no-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the 7th for the winning run.

Marucci RHP Marcus Brakeman (2012, Tierra Verde, FL) was one out away from a no-hit shutout in the top of the 7th when OF Joseph Jae Roberts (2013, Columbia, SC) line an Rbi single to right center field to tie the score at 1-1.  Brakeman is a polished 4-pitch right hander who pitched at 88-91 with good arm side running action.  His best secondary pitch was a 78 mph change up but he also threw both a slider at 79 mph and a curveball at 74 while only walking 1 hitter.

RHP Jamie Callahan (2012, Harner, SC) had his second excellent outing of the tournament, throwing the first 4 innings and striking out 5, pitching at 89-91 mph with a hard and sharp 79 mph curveball.
Pitching/Defense Puts Sun Devils Into Semi's >>
Gm # 181 | 10/23/2011 | 7:40 PM Texas Sun Devils vs. Houston Banditos
The Texas Sun Devils have a total of 22 hits in 6 games and are hitting .168 as a team, but have benefited from outstanding defense and pitching in recording a 6-0 record so far.  They used that formula to notch a 2-1 win over the Houston Banditos Sunday night to earn a place in the semifinals.

IF Troy Lewis (2012, Geismar, LA) was the hero against the Banditos, as his 4th inning single, one of only 3 Sun Devil hits, plated the only 2 runs the team would need.

RHP Taylor Butler (2012, Lake Charles, LA) threw the first 5 2/3 innings to get the win, pitching at 86-89 mph with an effective 75 mph curveball he showed good feel for.

RHP Ben Eckels, who threw a 7 inning complete game with 12 K's on Thursday, came into get the save, striking out 3.  Eckels pitched at 90-91 with a nasty 75 mph curveball.

Banditos RHP Tejay Antone (2012, Mansfield, TX) continued to impress in his first Perfect Game event.  The big 6-4/205 righty topped out at 91 mph in his 4 innings of work with a good change up, although he will have to continue to work on tightening up his breaking ball.
Early Offensive Explosion Enables Reds to Coast >>
Gm # 180 | 10/23/2011 | 7:40 PM SGV Arsenal vs. Reds Midwest Scout Team
Six runs in this low scoring tournament is an offensive explosion, so the Reds Midwest Scout Team's early 6-0 advantage over the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal enabled them to coast to an easy 6-2 win Sunday night and a spot in the semifinals.

OF Nate Mikolas (2012, Kenosha, WI) and 1B/LHP A.J. Puk (2013, Cedar Rapids, IA) both had big 2 run singles to drive the Reds offense.

RHP Andy Honiotes (2013, Geneva, IL) threw 5 innings to get the win, topping out at 87 mph and throwing both a curveball and slider for strikes.
Big 3rd Inning Puts Marucci into Quarterfinals >>
Gm # 179 | 10/23/2011 | 5:20 PM Team Rawlings vs. Marucci Elite
The Marucci Elite scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning and made it stand up for a 4-1 win over Team Rawlings and a place in the quarterfinals.

SS Oscar Mercado (2013, Tampa, FL) started the rally with a walk and was doubled in by IF Chris Rivera (2013, Fullerton, CA).  OF Ty Moore (2012, Mission Viejo, CA) followed with another double to plate Rivera and after an out, All American OF Andrew Pullin (2012, Centralia, WA) blasted a 2 run home run over the right field fence.

LHP Kirby Snead (2013, Alachua, FL) threw 5 effective innings to pick up the win for Marucci.  Snead wasn't overpowering, striking out only 1 hitter and topping out at 86 mph, but showed crafty lefty stuff and movement, along with a very nice change up.

Canes Spell Relief K-I-R-B-Y >>
Gm # 178 | 10/23/2011 | 5:20 PM Canes Baseball vs. Mid-Atlantic Rookies
Canes Baseball rode a dominating relief appearance by LHP Nathan Kirby (2012, Midlothian, VA) to a 3-2 victory over the Mid-Atlantic Rookies and a place in the quarterfinals.

Kirby came into the game with 1 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 4th inning, with 2 runs already in and the Canes clinging to a 3-2 lead.  He proceeded to strike out the next 2 hitters to escape the jam, then close out the game with 3 more scoreless innings.  Kirby struck out 10 hitters in 3 2/3 innings total, allowing only 1 hit.  Kirby showed an explosive fastball at 89-92 mph but his strikeout pitch was a 79-81 mph curveball with nasty hard break.

IF Alex Raburn set the pace of the Canes offense, going 2-2 with 2 walks out of the leadoff spot and scoring 2 runs.  IF Xavier Turner drove in 2 runs with singles.

Mid Atlantic RHP A.J. Bogucki (2013, Gilbertsville, PA) started slowly but settled down to throw a complete game.  The 6-3/185 right hander threw 4 pitches effectively and interchangeably, topping out at 88 mph and showing the ability to throw both a low 70's curveball and upper 70's slider with good separation between the 2 pitches.
Arsenal Holds Off Late East Cobb Rally to Advance >>
Gm # 177 | 10/23/2011 | 5:20 PM SGV Arsenal vs. East Cobb Baseball
The San Gabriel Valley Arsenal jumped out to an early 5-1 lead on East Cobb Baseball and held off a late rally to prevail 5-4 and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Arsenal 1B Joe Corrigan (2013, Santa Monica, CA) tripled in a couple of runs in the first inning and later scored on a ground out.  The Harvard-Westlake HS product has had an excellent tournament and is establishing himself as one of the top underclass hitters in Southern California.

Another talented underclassman, OF Scott Hurst (2014, Glendale, CA) drove in 2 more runs in the second inning for SGV with a triple of his own.

RHP Chad Lee (2012, San Dimas, CA) was very effective through 6 innings before tiring in the 7th while working in the 86-89 mph range with a nice curveball in the low 70's that he used frequently.

East Cobb scored 3 runs in the 7th inning, with 1B Morgan Bunting (2012, Atlanta, GA) plating 2 of them with a double, before leaving the tying run at third base at the end of the game.
Reds Left Handers Too Much for Puerto Rico >>
Reds Midwest Scout Team left handed pitchers Brent Stong (2012, Andover, MN) and A.J. Puk (2013, Cedar Rapids, IA) were too much for Team Mizuno Puerto Rico, combining for a 2-ht shutout and moving the Reds into the playoff quarterfinals.

Stong threw the first 5 innings and now has 12 scoreless innings on the tournament.  Stong pitched in the 86-89 mph range with a very effective change up he mixed in frequently.

The 6-4/195 Puk also topped out at 89 mph from a loose, extended high 3/4's release point and showed an improved curveball with  very good depth up to 78 mph.  The Iowa product struck out 5 in his 2 innings of work.

SS Jan Luis Castro (2012, Trujillo Alto, PR) was the only Mizuno hitter to solve the Reds lefties, going 2-3 with a triple.  Castro is a slick fielder at shortstop with very soft hands.
2012 RHP hits 89MPH for Florida Hardballers >>
Gm # 174 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Diamond Devils vs. Florida Hardballers
Cameron Hokanson (2012, RHP, River Ridge HS, New Port Richey, FL) had his fastball sitting at 86-88mph with it topping out at 89mph and his curveball topping out at 75mph. Hokanson has an arm that works well, uses his lower half, and has a good feel for his 11-5 breaking curveball.

Kyle Dyson (2012, RHP, Hanahan HS, Hanahan, SC) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with it topping out at 88mph and his curveball topping out at 75mph, with his slider topping out at 78mph, and his changeup topping out at 77mph. Dyson has outstanding arm speed, throws easy, has a good mound presence, with armside run on his fastball.

Layton Meacham (2012, RHP, Mauldin HS, Simpsonville, SC) had his fastball sitting at 87-89mph with it topping out at 89mph his slider topping out at 81mph his changeup topping out at 81mph and his cutter hitting 83mph. Meacham has a loose arm that works well, changes speeds well, and has good depth to his late breaking slider.

Tyler Thornton (2013, RHP, Wade Hampton HS, Inman, SC) had his fastball topping out at 88mph with it sitting at 85-87mph and his curveball topping out at 74mph. Thornton has a quick arm with an arm that works well, and sound mechanics.
Perfect Game White With Another Win >>
Gm # 173 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM All Star Baseball Academy vs. Perfect Game White
Perfect Game White has made a nice run this tournament and picked up another win, this one a 9-6 contest over All Star Baseball Academy.

Perfect Game White LHP Hunter Kyzar (2012, Santaluces HS, Lake Worth, FL) topped at 83, RHP Phillip Tahernia (2012, Melbourne Central, Melbourne, FL) at 84, RHP David Webb (2012, Monarch HS, Coconut Creek, FL) at 80, RHP Cain Spangler (2012, Cape Coral, FL HS) at 85, and LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc (2016, Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids, IA) is a name to stash away for the future and is long, lean and loose and is up to 75 mph.

ASBA LHP Joey Gorman (2012, Neumann-Goretti HS, Philadelphia, PA) topped at 87 with a 75 mph curveball and 76 mph changeup.

RHP Luke Emiling (2012, Solanco HS, Nottingham, PA was up to 88 and RHP Burk Fitzpatrick (2012, Episcopal Academy, Berwyn, PA) topped at 81.

3B Danny Rosenbaum (2012, Plymouth Whitemarsh HS, Lafayette Hill, PA) is a player who has shown very well at past PG showcases and id again this weekend with big arm strength and a smooth right-handed swing.
2013 RHP hits 93MPH for Royals Baseball Club >>
Gm # 161 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Royals Baseball Club vs. Perfect Game Vegas Gold

Trevor Clifton (2013, RHP, Heritage HS, Knoxville, TN) had his fastball sitting at 88-91mph with his fastball topping out at 92mph with his slider topping out at 76mph and his changeup topping out at 77mph. Clifton has a projectable build with a loose arm action.

Collin Wiles (2013, RHP, Blue Valley West HS, Overland Park, KS) had his fastball sitting at 87-88mph with it topping out at 88mph with his curveball topping out at 74mph. Wiles has a projectable build, has good arm speed, and armside run on his fastball.

Fernando Romero (San Juan De la Mag, Dominican Republic) had his fastball sitting at 89-91mph with it topping out at 91mph and his curveball topping out at 81mph. Romero has an athletic frame with a projectable build and is aggressive with his fastball.

MSL 8-0 Winners over Philadelphia Black >>
Gm # 172 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Philadelphia PG Black vs. MSL All-Stars
MSL All-Stars ended their Jupiter tournament with an easy 8-0 win over Philadelphia PG Black.

Three mid 80s arms threw for MSL with RHP Joseph Gammon (2012, Lovejoy HS, Wylie, TX) at 85, RHP Dean Fleitman (2012, Lindsay, TX HS) at 86, and RHP Reed Bastie (2012, Trinity Christian Academy, Dallas, TX) up to 84.

Another MSL standout was SS Andrew Vinson (2013, Flower Mound, TX HS), primarily a RHP, but a good athlete with strong, smooth actions and arm strength across the diamond.
2012 RHP hits 90MPH for Chicago Scouts Association >>
Gm # 175 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Chicago Scouts Association vs. Texas PG Teal
Dakota Miller (2012, RHP, Kennedy HS, Cedar Rapids, IA) had his fastball sitting at 88-90mph with it topping out at 90mph with his curveball topping out at 81mph and his changeup topping out at 81mph. Miller effectively pitches inside, has a good follow through, armside run on his fastball and a late breaking 11-5 curveball.

Ryan Perez (2012, BHP, Westminster Christian HS, Hampshire, IL) is an interesting prospect as he is a LHP and a RHP that gets his fastball up to 89MPH. Perez has an arm that works well, changes speeds well and keeps hitters off balance.

Nick Blackburn (2012, RHP, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, IL) had his fastball sitting at 86-88mph with it topping out at 89mph with his curveball topping out at 77mph. Blackburn pitches downhill, gets good extension out front, throws easy, and has sound mechanics.

Jack Czeszewski (2012, OF, Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove, IL) had 3 RBI'S in the game for Chicago Scouts Association. Czeszewski has a quick bat, stays inside the ball well, and is a linedrive contact hitter.

Max Beerman (2012, 1B, Tampa Jesuit HS, Tampa, FL) showed good bat speed in the game for Texas PG Teal. Beerman also gets good extension at the plate, has lift in his swing, and is an aggressive hitter with power potential.
Mizuno Puerto Rico Take Down SF Bandits >>
Team Mizuno Puerto Rico beat South Florida Bandits 10-4 in their final tuneup before the WWBA World Championship playoffs.

RHP Kristian Brito (2012, Ramon Quinones, Yabucoa, PR) topped at 84 in his outing, RHP Reinaldo Perez (2012, Juan Suarez, Aguadilla, PR) was at 82 and RHP Carlos Diaz (2012, Acad de Perpetua, San Juan, PR) was up to 77.

OF Luis Agosto Caballero (2012, PRBAHS, San Juan, PR) is an athletic outfielder with a short compact swing and quickness in his bat and OF Jorge Fernandez (2013, IBAHS, Caguas, PR) is a big strong athlete with lots of power potential.
STL Pirates PG Miami Tie at 3 >>
Gm # 165 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Miami PG Columbia Blue vs. St. Louis Pirates
STL Pirates RHP Jonathan Harris (2012, Hazelwood Central HS, Florissant, MO) topped out at 87 and is a long, strong pitcher with easy arm action and a quick arm, working on a downhill plane.

Miami PG Columbia Blue standout outfielders OFs Alex DeGoti (2012, Belen Jesuit Prep, Miami, FL) and Gabriel Aurrecoechea (2012, American Heritage HS, Miramar, FL) stood out with their athleticism and arm strength that plays at all three OF positions.
PRBAHS SS Carlos Correa >>
Gm # 501 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM PRBAHS vs. Mid-Atlantic PG Orange
PRBAHS pounded Mid-Atlantic PG Orange as Perfect Game All-American SS Carlos Correa (2012, PRBAHS, Santa Isabel, PR) showed why he is the top rated SS prospect in the country.

He ripped an opposite field home run his first at-bat that left in a hurry with the ball jumping off his bat and over the right-field fence. He followed that up with a three-run double to right-center in the third. In between he made a diving catch in short RF while playing 2B and showed some of the cleanest,smoothest infield actions of the class.

His double play partner SS/2B Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (2012, PRBAHS, Manati, PR)is another play with smooth, easy actions and good arm strength and advanced skills at the plate with power to all fields and a smooth, easy stroke at the plate.
2012 3B has 2 doubles in Palm Beach PAL Win >>
Gm # 164 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Orioles Scout Team vs. Palm Beach PAL
Brady Roberson (2012, 3B, Palm Beach Central HS, Royal Palm Beach, FL) had 2 doubles in the game to help pace the offense for Palm Beach PAL. Roberson has an athletic strong build, has a fluid stroke, with good bat speed and leverage in his swing.

Robbie Coman (2012, C, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, FL) had a couple of hits as well for Palm Beach PAL in the win. Coman has an athletic strong build, with good bat speed, and a line drive swing plane.

Victor Gonzalez (2012, RHP, Jupiter HS, Jupiter, FL) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with it topping out at 87mph and his changeup topping out at 78mph. Gonzalez has an arm that works well, gets good extension out front, and has good armside run on his changeup.

Garrett Brooks (2012, OF, Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, VA) showed good speed in the outfield this afternoon covering a lot of ground, takes good routes to the ball, and has a quick smooth transfer.
2012 OF hits 2 triples for Triple Threat Bearcats >>
Gm # 163 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Bo Jackson Midwest vs. Triple Threat Bearcats
Tyler Mikell (2012, OF, Pope John Paul II, Gilbertsville, PA) had 2 hits in the game for the Triple Threat Bearcats with both hits being triples. Mikell has a short compact swing, and is an aggressive hitter with gap power and good speed on the bases.

Sean Beesley (2012, OF, Hinsdale South HS, Darien, IL) had a couple of hits for Bo Jackson Midwest this afternoon. Beesley gets good extension at the plate, and is an aggressive hitter with a live bat.

Jason DeFevers (2012, C, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, OH) also had a couple of hits in the game for Bo Jackson Midwest. DeFevers has a quick bat with a short compact swing.

Mike Solofra (2012, 3B, St. Laurence HS, Chicago, IL) had a couple of hits in the game for Bo Jackson Midwest. Solofra has a medium frame, with good bat speed, and lift in his swing.


PRBAHS SS Carlos Correa >>
Gm # 500 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Houston Heat vs. Royals Baseball Club

PRBAHS pounded Mid-Atlantic PG Orange as Perfect GameAll-American SS Christian Correa (2012, PRBAHS, Santa Isabel, PR) showed why heis the top rated SS prospect in the country.

He ripped an opposite field homerun his first at-bat that left in a hurry withthe ball jumping off his bat and over the right-field fence. He followed thatup with a three-run double to right-center in the third. In between he made adiving catch in short RF while playing 2B and showed some of the cleanest,smoothest infield actions of the class.

His double play partner SS/2B Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (2012, PRBAHS, Manati, PR)is another play with smooth, easy actions and good arm strength and advancedskills at the plate with power to all fields and a smooth, easy stroke at theplate.


2013 LHP hits 92 for Ohio Warhawks >>
Gm # 156 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Team Rawlings vs. Ohio Warhawks
Stephen Gonsalves (2013, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Marcos, CA) had his fastball sitting at 89-91mph with it topping out at 92mph with his curveball topping out at 72mph. Gonsalves has an arm that works well, throws easy, has a plan on the mound, with sound mechanics.

Cody Roper (2012, RHP, Bishop Gorman HS, Boulder City, NV) had his fastball sitting at 86-88mph with it topping out at 89mph, and his curveball topping out at 74mph. Roper uses his lower half well, and has good depth to his 11-5 curveball.

Casey Meisner (2013, RHP, CY-Woods HS, Cypress, TX) had his fastball sitting at 86-88mph with it topping out at 88mph and his curveball topping out at 73mph. Meisner has an arm that works well, throws easy, with a balanced smooth online delivery.

Fernando Perez (2012, 3B, Otay Ranch HS, Chula Vista, CA) had a triple in the game for the Ohio Warhawks. Perez has a quick bat with good extension, has excellent bat speed with power potential.

Blake Edwards (2012, SS, Pike County HS, Zebulon, GA) had 3 hits in the game for including a double to help pace Team Rawlings offense. Edwards stays inside the ball well, has excellent bat speed, and the ball jumps off his bat.

Dylan Dore (2012, OF, Johns Creek HS, Alpharetta, GA) had a double in the game for Team Rawlings. Dore stays inside the ball well, has a balanced swing with good bat speed.
Gamez/Miller Throw for ABD Victory >>
Gm # 155 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM South Jersey PG Purple vs. ABD Victory
ABD Victory lost 3-2 to South Jersey PG Purple as ABD threw RHP Jose Gamez (2012, La Sierra HS, Riverside, CA) struck out four in as many innings, topping at 85 and RHP Jake Miller (Yucaipa HS, Lake Elsinore, CA) was up to 79.

South Jersey PG Purple features 1B Manny Ramirez Jr (2013, IMG Academy, Plantation, FL) is the son of the former MLB slugger and has some of the same tools with a power bat and big, strong frame.
LIDS Throws More Top Arms >>
Gm # 154 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Lids Indiana Bulls vs. Georgia PG Texas Orange
LIDS Indiana Bulls dropped a 6-1 contest to Georgia PG Texas Orange as a couple of arms reached the upper 80s on the day.

LIDS Indiana Bulls RHP Carlos Pena (2012, West HS, Columbus, OH) topped at 89with more velo to come from his big, strong frame and he also had feel for a 71mph curveball.

RHP Jonah Patten (2014, Norwell HS, Ossian, IN) is a young prospect with lots of potential, topping at 89 with clean arm action and tight rotation on a 78mph slider. RHP Jake Matthys (2012, Spring Lake Park, MN HS) pitched again and was up to 87 and C Brett Sunde (2012, Bishop Foley HS, Royal Oak, MI) is a very good receiver with soft hands, good blocking skills and lots of arm strength.
Dallas Tigers Player Recovering in Local Hospital >>
Sometimes Baseball isn't just that important.

In the bottom of the 4th inning of the Baseball U and Dallas Tigers game Sunday morning on Blue Field #7, Tigers' outfielders Jared Wilson and Conner Fikes, ironically senior teammates at Rowlett High School in Texas, were involved in a violent collision while chasing a fly ball in right field. 

It was immediately obvious that both players could be seriously hurt and multiple calls to 911 were made by both parents at the game and Perfect Game staff.  The Blue Quad Athletic Trainer reached the scene within 1 to 2 minutes and went to work at once to stabilize the unconscious Fikes.  He was soon joined by the Athletic Trainer from the Red Quad, plus EMT's arriving by ambulance and fire truck and local police.  A helicopter was called to rush Fikes to the hospital by air and lifted off from the Blue 7 outfield approximately 20-25 minutes after the collision.

We are thrilled to report that both Connor Fikes and Jared Wilson are doing well.  Fikes is being held overnight in the hospital for observation and has been diagnosed with a severe concussion but fortunately nothing worse.  Wilson was transported to the hospital by car and treated for a mild concussion and broken nose and released.

Perfect Game would like to profusely thank all those involved who provided care and assistance to these two fine young players and young men.  From the trainers to the EMT's to the police and helicopter pilot, their professionalism and training was obvious to all and an inspiration to everyone, as we all know that a similar misfortune could strike any of us at some point in the future.

Now back to fun and excitement of Baseball again.....
Miami PG Columbia Blue Takes Out Next Level >>
Gm # 153 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Next Level Baseball vs. Miami PG Columbia Blue

Miami PG Columbia Blue beat Next Level Baseball 4-0 as RHP Brandon Burgess (2012, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Plantation, FL) and LHP Andrew De la Torre (2012, Mater Lakes HS, Miami, FL) combined on a five hitshutout.

Burgess topped at 85 while De La Torre topped at 79. IF Alex DeGoti (2012,Belen Jesuit, Miami, FL) is a good athlete with athleticism and defensive tools that work for middle infield as well as the outfield. Luis Diaz (2013, Miami Christian HS, Miami, FL) is a very good defender with smooth actions in the middle infielder and a short line-drive swing.

Next Level RHP Douglas Nobles (2012, Westwood School, Camilla, GA) topped at87.

2012 RHP hits 93mph for Syracuse Sports Zone >>
Gm # 157 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs vs. Palm Beach Select
Jared Price (2012, RHP, Twin Valley HS, Mohnton, PA) had his fastball sitting at 90-92mph with it topping out at 93mph his slider topping out at 79mph and his changeup topping out at 82mph. Price effectively pitches inside, changes speeds well, and has armside run on his fastball.

Kenny Koplove (2012, RHP, William Penn Charter HS, Philadelphia, PA) had his fastball sitting at 90-91mph with it topping out at 91mph and his slider topping out at 74mph. Koplove has an arm that works well, is a bulldog on the mound, and has a heavy fastball.

2014 RHP hits 88MPH for Action Baseball >>
Gm # 159 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM East Coast PG Gray vs. Action Baseball
Cre Finfrock (2014, RHP, Jensen Beach HS, Jensen Beach, FL) had his fastball topping out at 88mph with it sitting at 86-88mph and his curveball topping out at 72mph. Finfrock has a quick loose arm action, attacks hitters and pitches downhill.

Bryan White (2013, RHP, Etowah HS, Woodstock, GA) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with it topping out at 88mph with his curveball topping out at 72mph. White has a online balanced delivery, with life on his fastball and a good feel to his 11-5 break on his curveball.

Sandlot Takes Down PG Crimson Bandits >>
Gm # 151 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM PG Crimson Bandits vs. Sandlot/Midwest Scout Team
Sandlot/Midwest Scout Team beat the PG Crimson Bandits 11-6 as the Bandits again showed one of the most talented underclass rosters in this tournament.

SS Stephen Alemais (2013, All Hallows HS, Bronx, NY) is a very athletic middle infielder with speed and arm strength and a bat that plays at any middle infield position.

OF Yogey Perez (2013, Lake Worth, FL) is a very good athlete with bat speed and very good speed on the bases and SS Matthew Vogel (2013, Patchogue HS, Medford, NY) is a very good athlete with arm strength and is one of the top 2013s pitchers in the country.

Bandits RHP Jake Kellman (2013, Hauppauge, NY HS) topped at 87 while Sandlot RHPs Jon Roblez (2013, Bishop Ward HS, Roeland Park, KS) topped at 88 and is a strong athlete with projection and smooth, easy arm action.
South PG Navy RHP Ian Gibault >>
Gm # 134 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Northwest Scout Team vs. South PG Navy
RHP Ian Gibault (2012, Lamar HS, Houston, TX) topped out at 91, sitting 88-91 with a 76 mph curveball as South PG Navy dropped a 7-2 game to the Northwest Scout Team.

RHP Andrew Lantrip (2013, Livingston HS, Goodrich, TX) topped at 87 with good feel for a 76 mph slider and RHP Cameron Cochran (2012, Saint Michaels the Archangel, Gonzales, LA) was up to 86 and RHP Connor Jordan (2012, Katy Taylor HS, Houston, TX) topped at 88.

Northwest Scout team OFs Justin Black (2012, West HS, Billings, MT) and Theo Alexander (2012, Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, WA) are two very solid prospects with athleticism and bat speed that have had big weeks in Jupiter.
2012 RHP hits 91MPH for Canes Baseball >>
Gm # 160 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Canes Baseball vs. Philadelphia PG Black
Kyle Majette (2012, RHP, Jamestown HS, Williamsburg, VA) had his fastball topping out at 91mph with it sitting at 87-89mph with his curveball topping out at 74mph and his changeup topping out at 81mph. Majette throws easy, gets good extension out front, and has a plan on the mound.

Xavier Turner (2012, 3B, Sandusky HS, Sandusky, OH) had a couple of hits in the game for Canes Baseball to help in the winning effort. Turner has a large athletic frame, with good bat speed, and has impact speed on the bases.

Team Elite Finishes With 2-0 Win >>
Gm # 158 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Mid-Atlantic Rookies vs. Team Elite
Team Elite used 6 pitchers to register a 2-0 win over the Mid-Atlantic Rookies, who had already qualified for the playoffs.  SS J.T. Phillips (2012, Midland, GA) hit a 2-run double in the first inning for the only runs of the game.

Highlights among the Team Elite pitchers included:

OF/RHP Sean McLaughlin (2012, Johns Creek, GA):  Heavy 91-93 mph with occasional explosive life
RHP Michael Royal (2012, Marietta, GA):  87-89 mph
RHP Austin Wallace (2012, Kathleen, GA):  90-92 fastball with a low 80's slider with potential.
LHP Zach Erwin (2012, Duluth, GA):  Very projectable and smooth, 6-5/185, 84-86 with more there.
PG Texas Teal Takes Down East Cobb Baseball >>
Gm # 150 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Texas PG Teal vs. East Cobb Baseball
In a game loaded with star prospects, Texas PG Teal beat East Cobb Baseball 6-1.

Teal RHP Matthew Ferreira (2012, Flagler Palm Coast HS, Deltona, FL) was up to 89 throwing a complete, allowing just four hits, a single run with six strikeouts. He has good command of three pitches, also a 74 mph curveball, 82 mph slider, and 80 mph changeup.

OF Josh Hart (2013, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA) stood out for East Cobb per usual with his athleticism and speed and smooth left-handed swing. RHP Robert Harris (2012, Woodland HS, Marietta, GA) is a projectable arm with velo up to 89, and a 73 mph curveball.

RHP Palmer Betts (2012, Cook county HS, Adel, GA) also threw and was up to 89 with lots of athleticism and a loose arm and a 74 mph curveball with big potential.
Dirtbags Notch 1st Victory >>
Gm # 166 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Canada PG Gold vs. Dirtbags
The 2010 co-champion Dirtbags notched their first victory of the 2011 championship in their 4th game, rallying with 6 runs over the last 2 innings to defeat PG Canada Gold 6-3.  The Dirtbags had a very talented team but the breaks didn't go their way this time.

All the Dirtbag runs scored on two swings of the bat.  SS Stephen Wallace (2012, Norwood, NC) laced a based loaded double in the 6th inning to give the Dirtbags their first lead at 3-1.  3B Jason Smith duplicated Wallace's effort in the 7th inning, clearing the bases with his second double of the game.

The Dirtbags threw 7 pitchers in the game, each for a single inning.  Some highlights:

RHP Keaton Haack (2012, Oak Ridge, NC):  Heavy 88-90 mph fastball with a very promising mid 70's curveball.
RHP Justin Taylor (2012, Farmville, NC):  89-91 mph with more velo there with some mechanical adjustments.
RHP Dallas Newton (2012, Greensboro, NC):  86-89 mph with very good downhill angle from his 6-4/200 frame.
Northwest Scout Team Comes Back to Win at 5 >>
Gm # 147 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Team Georgia (TGBA) vs. Northwest Scout Team
The Northwest Scout Team scored a pair of runs in the 6th and 7th to tie Team Georgia at 5.

Northwest LHP Andrew Summerville (2014, Lakeside HS, Seattle, WA) topped at 84 and is a long, projectable young arm to watch. Teammate LHP Jake Lessel (2012, Churchill HS, Eugene, OR) was up to 85.

OF Justin Black (2012, West HS, Billings, MT) provided the offensive fireworks with two hits including a homerun. He is a very good athlete with strength in his swing and a fluid stroke.

TGBA RHPs Dustin Beggs (2012, Centennial HS, Roswell, GA) and RHP Ty Alvey (2012, Northgate HS, Newnan, GA) were both up to 86.
Central Florida PG Advances With 5-4 Win >>
Gm # 169 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Atlanta Blue Jays vs. Central FL PG Royal
Central Florida PG Royal advanced to the playoff quarterfinals with a narrow 5-4 win over the Atlanta Blue Jays.  Central Florida, which is made up primarily of players from the FTB Mizuno organization, will face off with the primary FTB Mizuno team in the quarterfinals.

Central Florida went out to an early 5-1 lead and barely held off a Blue Jay rally before the game was called on time limit after 6 innings.  Their 5 runs were helped by 8 walks and numerous Blue Jay defensive mistakes, as the Central Florida bats only produced 3 hits.

Previously unheralded RHP Joe Alexander Jimenes Gracias (2012, Puerto Rico), who opened eyes during pool play with his explosive fastball, continued to impress by throwing 4 innings and allowing only 1 earned run.  Gracias pitched in the 88-92 mph range and showed he could maintain his velocity well into his pitch count.

OF Enrique Finol (2012, Fort Lauderdale, FL) had a strong game for the Blue Jays, going 2-2 with a walk and driving home a run with a double.
Bulldogs Take 2-1 Pitcher's Duel vs. Tigers >>
Gm # 145 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Dallas Tigers vs. ABD Bulldogs
ABD Bulldogs picked up only two hits but it was enough to beat the Dallas Tigers 2-1.

ABD threw RHP Niklas Stephenson (2012, Sunset HS, Del Mar, CA) as he topped at 88, LHP Jayson Balades (2012, Oxnard HS, Port Hueneme, CA) topped at 86, LHP Chris Kohler (2013, Los Osos HS, Alta Loma, CA) was up to 85 and Perfect Game All-American RHP/IF Tanner Rahier (2012, Palm Desert HS, Indian Wells, CA) was up to 90.

Dallas Tiger RHP Matt Walker (2013, Aledo, TX HS) was up to 87, RHP Garret Bruce (2012, Plano, TX HS) at 85, and RHP Hunter Raley (2012, Plano Senior HS, Plano, TX) at 84.
Mizuno Outfield Continues to Dominate >>
The All-American FTB Mizuno/Cardinals Scout Team outfield continued to dominate play as Mizuno registered a 9-4 win over the Homeplate Chilidogs to advance in the playoffs.

Jesse Winker blasted his second home run of the day, a huge blast well onto adjoining Blue Field #3 in right field and went 2-3 with 3 Rbi's and 2 runs scored.  Albert Almora went 2-3 with a run and an Rbi from a sacrifice fly that the left fielder caught jumping against the left field fence.  David Dahl scored 2 more runs hitting between Almora and Winker, giving him 8 in 5 games.

RHP Brad Labozetta (2012, Lakeland, FL) threw 4 innings to get the win for Mizuno, topping out at 90 mph.

C Brennan Morgan (2012, Peachtree City, GA) hit a 2-run opposite field home run for the Chilidogs.
Baseball U Pitchers Throw Well >>
Gm # 132 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Baseball U vs. Dallas Tigers
Baseball U had 2 pitchers show strong prospect stuff in a Sunday morning game against the Dallas Tigers that wasn't completed due to player injury.

6-9/225 RHP Nolan Long (2012, Waterford, CT) threw 3 innings and was 84-88 mph with his fastball after touching 91 mph in a brief relief appearance earlier in the tournament.  He has a smooth delivery and easy arm action and understandably works downhill very well.  Long's curveball lacks ideal power at 68-70 mph but the pitch has very good depth.

RHP Matthew Dariano (2012, Yonkers, NY) followed Long and topped out at 90 mph from a long extended arm action that created good arm side running action.  His 72 mph curveball was a solid second pitch.
Wild Sixth Gives ABD Victory a Win >>
The All American Prospects/Indians Scout Team and ABD Victory played a wild 4th inning with Indians Scout Team scoring five runs and ABD Victory coming back with six runs.

Five different Indians arms threw: RHP Matt Pisciottano (2012, Kings Academy, Boynton Beach, FL) topped at 85, RHP Mark Savarese (2013, Martin County HS, Palm City, FL) at 86, RHP Jake Axley (2012, Cardinal Mooney HS, Bradenton, FL), RHP Sam Shields (2013, IMG Academies, Port Orange, FL) at 85 and Christian Fasig (2013, Martin County HS, Stuart, FL) up to 81.

Indians SS Carlos Garmendia (2012, South Miami HS, Miami, FL) is a very good athlete with strong defensive tools and very good footspeed.

ABD IF David Olmedo-Barrera (2012, Saint Francis HS, La Canada, CA) is one of the best hitters in Northern California with a loose, left-handed swing with very good pull pop.

ABD arms RHP Jordan Cavazos (2012, Temecula Valley HS, Temecula, CA) was up to 84, as was RHP Jonathan Bishop (2012, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, CA). LHP Daniel Robinson (2012, Murrieta Mesa, Wildomar, CA) topped at 80.
Ecker, Olmstead Combine on 1-Hit Shutout >>
RHP/SS Mark Ecker (2012, Helotes, TX) and RHP/3B Corbin Olmstead (2012, Tampa, FL) combined on a 1-hit shutout to lead the Texas Sun Devils to a 5-0 playoff victory over the Midland Redskins/Royals Scout Team.

Both Ecker and Olmstead are listed as primary position players but have the arm strength to excel on the mound as well.  Ecker relied almost exclusively on an 89-91 mph fastball to handle the Redskins for the first 3 2/3 innings, while the 6-3/210 Olmstead was up to 92 mph from a sharp downhill angle to pick up his second save of the day.

The Sun Devils used a very opportunistic offense to score their runs.  They only had 4 hits, but took advantage of 9 walks and 3 errors and stole 7 bases.  OF Cameron Dishon (2012, Beaumont, TX) walked 3 times from his leadoff spot and stole 2 bases.
Banditos Edge Marlins 1-0 to Reach Quarterfinals >>
Gm # 167 | 10/23/2011 | 3:00 PM Houston Banditos vs. Marlins Scout Team
IF Avain Rachal (2012, Cypress, TX) tripled leading off the 4th inning and eventually scored on a ground out by OF Rock Rucker (2012, Marietta, GA) to give the Houston Banditos the only run they would need to defeat the Marlins Scout Team 1-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

LHP Griffin Russell (2012, Wichita Falls, TX) threw 5 shutout innings, striking out 8 hitters, to get the win for the Banditos.  Russell topped out at 88 mph and depended heavily on a big breaking 70-72 mph curveball that kept the Marlins hitters off balance.

Three Bandito pitchers finished the shutout, with RHP Jeremy Kivel (2012, Spring, TX) getting Marlin OF Harrison Bader (2012, Bronxville, NY) to ground out with the bases loaded in the 7th inning for the save.  Kivel was 93-94 mph on his 3 fastballs to Bader.
Poteet, Rivera Help Marucci to 3-2 Win Over Rays >>
Gm # 162 | 10/23/2011 | 12:40 PM Rays Scout Team vs. Marucci Elite
All American RHP Cody Poteet (2012, Bonita, CA) struck out 10 hitters in 5 2/3 innings as Marucci Elite edged the Rays Scout Team 3-2.  Poteet pitched in the 89-93 mph range with his fastball with a deep, hard curveball between 76 and 81 mph that was his out pitch.

SS/RHP Chris Rivera (2013, Fullerton, CA) drove home the first Marucci run in the second inning and came around to score the second on a fielder's choice later in the inning.  C Adrian Chacon (2013, Tampa, FL) went 2-3 for Marucci.



Midland Makes Playoffs Despite Tying Legends >>
The Midland Redskins/Royals Scout Team claimed a spot in the playoffs despite battling to a 4-4 tie Sunday morning with the Florida Legends.

Legends OF Alex Abbott (2014, Tifton, GA) lined a 2-run single in the 6th inning to tie the game up.  Abbott has a nice swing for a sophomore and the makings of very good bat speed.

6-4/205 RHP Mike Vinson was outstanding out of the bullpen for the Legends, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings to enable the team to come back.  Vinson relied mostly on his fastball but was overpowering, pitching in the 89-92 mph range.

6-9/250 LHP Chase Mullins (2012, Paris, KY) was victimized by Abbott's single but was solid for the most part otherwise, striking out 7 hitters in 3 innings of work.  Mullins pitched at 88-91 mph with a slurve type breaking ball in the upper 70's.

Mullins relieved fellow southpaw, LHP Jose Diaz (2012, Cotto Laurel, PR) who threw the first 4 innings.  Diaz is a loose 6-2/180 southpaw who pitches at 86-90 mph from a low 3/4's release point with a big sweeping curveball.
Mizuno Power Tops Astros for Playoff Slot >>
Gm # 148 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM East Cobb Astros vs. Cardinals Scout Team/FTB Mizuno
In a battle of two unbeaten teams, FTB Mizuno/Cardinal Scout Team knocked out 5 extra base hits to beat the East Cobb Astros 5-2 and finish pool play with a 4-0 record.

All American CF David Dahl (2012, Birmingham, AL) doubled twice, was hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs for Mizuno.  He crossed the plate once on a 2 run home run by RF Jesse Winker (2012, Windemere, FL).  OF Albert Almora (2012, Hialeah, FL) added a triple and a 4th outfielder, Jamal Martin (2012, West Palm Beach, FL), not wanting to be left out of the power action for outfielders, accounted for a run with a solo home run.

Mizuno threw a quartet of hard throwers who combined for 13 strikeouts against the young Astros hitters:

LHP Sean Brady (2013, Cape Coral, FL):  86-88 with the makings of a plus curveball in the mid to upper 70's.
RHP Jason Carmichael (2012, Cape Coral, FL):  89-91 fastball with hard running action, plus a sweeping 80 mph slurve.
RHP Frank Grandinette (2012, Orlando, FL):  86-89 mph with a hard slider that reached 81 mph.
SS/RHP Spencer Traynor (2013, Tampa, FL): 88-90 in the closer's role.
Red Sox Scout Team Edges Action Baseball 2-1 >>
Gm # 146 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Action Baseball vs. Red Sox Scout Team/Elite Squad
The Red Sox Scout Team edged Action Baseball 2-1 with a run in the 6th inning.  The Red Sox couldn't get their offense going all weekend, scoring only 7 runs hitting .181 as a team and failing to make the playoffs with a 2-1-1 record.

OF Ricky Eusebio (2012, Miami, FL) singled in OF Lewis Brinson (2012, Tamarac, FL), who had doubled, with the winning run.  Brinson hit .400 for the tournament with 3 doubles.

RHP Chris Mourelle (2013, Miami, FL) looked very promising in throwing 2 scoreless innings for the Red Sox.  He has a loose and projectable 6-2/175 frame and threw 85-87 mph with his fastball but Mourelle's best pitch was a 75-77 mph curveball that was nasty sharp at times.
Marlins Rally to Secure Playoff Berth >>
Gm # 144 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM New Jersey PG Red vs. Marlins Scout Team
The Marlins Scout Team rallied with 3 runs in the 6th inning to beat New Jersey PG Red and narrowly claim a place in the playoffs.

OF Matt Goodson (2012, Oxford, AL), who has swung a power bat for the surprisingly quiet Marlins lineup, led off the 6th inning with a double but the rest of the rally consisted of 4 walks, a fielder's choice and a wild pitch that scored the lead run.

RHP Andrew Zapata (2013, Staten Island, NY) threw the final 3 innings to get the win for the Marlins, striking out 7 hitters, including 3 straight in the 7th.  Zapata pitched at 87-90 mph from a deceptive release point and used a big sweeping 75 mph curveball as his out pitch.

San Gabriel Bats Heat Up for the Playoffs >>
Gm # 143 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM SGV Arsenal vs. Richmond Braves National
The San Gabriel Valley Arsenal offense is heating up for the playoffs, as they raised their record to 4-0 with a 11-4 win over the Richmond Braves.  The Arsenal have scored 23 runs in their last 2 games after scoring only 4 runs in their first 2 wins. 

SGV pounded out 14 hits against the Braves, including 3 each by 1B Joseph Corrigan (2013, Santa Monica, CA) and SS Severino Romo (2013, Fullerton, CA).  Corrigan is a very strong right handed hitter with power and should be a standout for the Harvard Westlake HS team in the spring that is led by All American pitchers Lucas Giolito and Max Fried.  Romo has had an outstanding fall for the Arsenal and is now 5-8 in the tournament with 4 doubles.

Giolito and Fried are both members of the Arsenal organization but are not in Jupiter for this event.

3B Ty France (2012, West Covina, CA) and 3B Joseph Keller (2012, Chino, CA) both went 2-3 with 2 Rbi's.
Watson Scores 3 Runs for Texas Scout Team >>
Gm # 141 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Long Island Titans vs. Texas Scout Team Yankees
IF Cole Watson (2012, Canton, GA) singled and walked 3 times, stole 2 bases and scored 3 times to pace Texas Scout Team Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Long Island Titans.  1B Austin Dean (2012, Spring, TX) went 2-4 to 2 Rbi's hitting behind Watson in the line up.

Texas started 6-4/185 RHP Holden Hemlink (2012, Conroe, TX) and although Helmink was a bit wild, the U. Texas commit showed very good stuff, pitching at 90-92 mph with a very nice change up.

RHP Blake Goins (2013, Pearland, TX) threw 2 innings, sitting between 86-89 mph with occasional explosive life on his fastball.

RHP Dalton Brown (2012, Ponder, TX) picked up the save by striking out the side in the 7th inning, topping out at 91 mph with an 82 mph slider.
Garza Helps Banditos Go Perfect in Pool Play >>
Gm # 140 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Team British Columbia vs. Houston Banditos
OF Courtney Hawkins has been getting all the buzz for the Houston Banditos but IF/RHP Ralph Garza (2012, New Braunfels, TX) has been quietly helping carry the Banditos, as they finished pool play with a perfect 4-0 mark after beating Team British Columbia 6-3.

Aside from throwing 6 innings in an earlier Banditos victory, Garza is hitting .571 and went 2-3 with an Rbi against TBC.

OF/LHP Rock Rucker (2012, Marietta, GA) also went 2-3, scored 2 runs and drove in one other.

LHP Rex Hill (2012, Magnolia, TX) threw the first 3 innings for Houston and showed a nice projectable arm.  The 6-3/175 lefty pitched in the 87-89 mph range with a low 70's curveball and 75 mph change up.
Sun Devils Rally Late for Playoff Berth >>
Gm # 139 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Texas Sun Devils vs. Upstate Mavericks
The Texas Sun Devils rallied for single runs in the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings to edge the Upstate Mavericks and finish pool play with a 4-0 record.

Tyler Bender (2012, Cape Coral, FL) was the hero for the Sun Devils, singling in Zach Green (2012, Rocklin, CA) with the winning run.

IF/RHP Troy Lewis (2012, Geismar, LA) threw 5 1/3 innings for the Sun Devils, mixing an 87-90 mph fastball and 79-82 mph slider almost 50/50.  3B/RHP Corbin Olmstead (2012, Tampa, FL) picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, topping out at 90 mph.

Upstate SS/RHP Alex Cunningham (2012, Duncan, SC) threw an outstanding game before being lifted after 6 innings.  He allowed only 4 hits and an unearned run while striking out 11 hitters.  Cunningham pitched in the 89-91 mph range from a deceptive delivery with a very sharp mid 70's curveball.  Cunningham is a very good shortstop prospect but obviously stands out on the mound as well.

OF Steven Dugger (2012, Moore, SC) continued his outstanding play, driving in the lone Mavericks run.
Morgan, Ryan Pace Panthers Offense >>
Gm # 137 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM South Florida Bandits vs. South Charlotte Panthers
Leadoff hitter SS Kirk Morgan (2013, Charlotte, NC) went 2-2 with 2 walks, 3 stolen bases and 2 runs scored to pace the South Charlotte Panthers to a 5-0 win over the South Florida Bandits.  Morgan is a left handed hitter who stays inside the ball well, works counts and can spray the ball to all fields.

2014 C Ryder Ryan (Waxhaw, NC) was beneficiary of Morgan's being on base all the time, driving in 3 runs.

Three Panthers pitchers combined on the shutout.  RHP Cameron Tekker (2012, Waxhaw, NC) threw the first 3 1/3 innings, pitching at 88-90 mph from an effortless arm action.  Tekker has a 78 mph slurve type sweeping breaking ball and a 79 mph change up that he isn't afraid to use on any count.

Tekker's Cuthbertson High School teammate LHP Brian Donovan relieved him for 1 2/3 innings and topped at 85 mph with a long, loose arm action and deceptive low 3/4's release point.
Homeplate Defeats Cangelosi in Play-In Game >>
Gm # 152 | 10/23/2011 | 10:20 AM Homeplate Chilidogs vs. Cangelosi Baseball
RHP/OF Daniel Amos (2012, Fayetteville, GA) threw 6 innings of 5 hit ball, striking out 7 hitters, to lead the Homeplate Chilidogs to a 3-1 win over Cangelosi Baseball in a "Play-In" game for the first round of the playoffs.  The 5-9/180 Amos has a powerful arm that belies his height and pitched at 89-92 mph while not walking a hitter.  His mid 70's curveball was a strong second pitch.  Amos also helped his cause by going 2-3 at the plate.

OF Alex Liquori (2012, Brooks, GA) went 2-3 with an Rbi, while leadoff hitter Jeremy Taylor (2012, Fayetteville, GA) went 3-4.

7 Juice Pitchers Combine on Shutout >>
Gm # 135 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Georgia PG Texas Orange vs. Chet Lemon's Juice
Chet Lemon's Juice used 7 different pitchers to post a 1-0 win over Georgia PG Texas Orange.  Some highlights on the short looks included:

RHP/OF John Paul Roundtree (2012, Plant City, FL):  86-88 mph
RHP Tyler Danish (2013, Brandon, FL):  87-88 mph
RHP Tyler Vandeboe (2012, Valrico, FL):  84-87 mph
RHP Jesse Arnold (2012, Port St. Lucie, FL):  85-87 FB/72 mph CB
LHP Charles Fowler (2013, Mt. Dora, FL):  83-85 mph/67 CB

2B Dylan Allen (2013, Lakeland, FL) continued his strong play over the past few weeks of WWBA play, going 2-3 with an Rbi.
Dallas Patriots Overpower Ontario 10-3 >>
Gm # 128 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Ontario Blue Jays vs. Dallas Patriots
The Dallas Patriots offense overpowered the previously undefeated Ontario Blue Jays in a 10-3 win Sunday morning.

Dallas clean up hitter Cole Fiola (2012, Corinth, TX) went 2-3 and drove in 4 runs to lead the attack.  OF Nolan Brown (2012, Colleyville, TX) went 3-3 hitting out of the #2 hole and scored 3 runs.

LHP Kyle Clausing (2011, Garland, TX) went the first 4 innings to get the win, pitching in the 83-86 mph range with good left handed running action.
Ruppenthal Brothers Pace Central FL to 3-1 Win >>
Gm # 133 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Central FL PG Royal vs. Louisiana All-Stars
Brothers RHP Matthew Ruppenthal (2014, Bloomfield Hills, MI) and C/RHP Michael Ruppenthal (2012, Bloomfield Hills, MI) split the first 4 innings of Central Florida PG Royal's 3-1 win over the Louisiana All-Stars.  The win completes a perfect 4-0 pool play run for the Royals, who had clinched a playoff spot before the game started.

The younger Ruppenthal, a top 2014 prospect, pitched at 85-87 mph from a quick, compact arm action and mixed in a big breaking 70 mph curveball.  Ruppenthal has a big, physical 6-4/220 build.

1B Nick Longhi (2013, Venice, FL) continued his hot hitting as the Royals cleanup hitter, going 2-2 with a run and Rbi.  The left handed hitting Longhi is now hitting .500 for the tournament.
Pitching Dominates in 0-0 Tie >>
Gm # 131 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Orlando Scorpions vs. New Jersey PG Red
Pitching dominated in a 0-0 tie Sunday morning between the Orlando Scorpions and New Jersey PG Red.  The teams combined for only 5 hits, all singles.

New Jersey LHP Bret-Michael DeStefano (2012, Richboro, PA) threw 6 2/3 innings, keeping the Scorpion hitters off balance with a deceptive cross body delivery and hitting his spots with an upper 70's fastball and big breaking curveball.

6-6/200 Daniel Moritz (2012, Deltona, FL) threw 4 innings for the Scorpions, topping out at 83 mph with an upper 60's curveball.

RHP Michael Hennessey (2012, Windemere, FL) finished up with 3 no-hit innings, pitching at 82-84 mph with good feel for a change up.
Florida Hardballers Notch First Win >>
Gm # 130 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Florida Hardballers vs. Northeast PG Maroon
SS Tanner Neuhaus (2013, Tampa, FL) impressed the PG scouts with his defensive play in the Florida Hardballers 4-1 win over Northeast PG Maroon Sunday morning.  Neuhaus is a slender 6-2/170 athlete with fluid, easy actions to the ball and a loose strong erm.
South Florida PG Pitchers Strike Out 15 >>
Gm # 129 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM South Florida PG Kelly Green vs. Bo Jackson Midwest
Four South Florida PG Kelly Green pitchers combined on a 2-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Bo Jackson Midwest.

RHP Jesus Colon (2012, Lyndhurst, NJ) showed the best stuff, pitching in the 87-90 mph range with a loose, quick arm action.  6-4/190  RHP Justin Patrick (2012, Cumberland, RI) struck out 6 of the 7 hitters he faced, using a very deceptive delivery and a mid 80's fastball to overmatch the Bo Jackson hitters.
Top of the Order Powers Heat to 7-4 Victory >>
Gm # 127 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Houston Heat vs. All Star Baseball Academy
The top 4 hitters in the Houston Heat lineup went a cumulative 6-8 with 3 walks and 7 runs scored to power the Heat to a 7-4 win over All-Star Baseball Academy.

Leadoff hitter IF Hunter Haley (2012, Nacogdoches, TX) went 2-2 with a walk and 3 runs scored and showed a nice, quick line drive swing.  #2 hitter Adam Goss went 2-3 with 2 Rbi's, #3 IF Geonte Jackson (2012, Missouri City, TX) went 1-2 with a HBP and scored 2 runs, while cleanup hitter IF Austin Listi (2012, Huffman, TX) went 1-1 with a double and 2 walks.

Winning pitcher RHP Hayden Barnett (2012, Houston, TX) went 4 innings for the Heat, striking out 8 hitters.  The 6-4/200 Barnett topped out at 89 mph with very good arm speed and showed an advanced change up for his age.

RHP Ballard Infante (2012, Sugar Land, TX) threw the final 3 innings, striking out 5 and also topping out at 89 mph with good feel for a mid 70's curveball.

Atlanta Blue Jays Finish Perfect 4-0 in Pool Play >>
Gm # 138 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Atlanta Blue Jays vs. PG Crimson Bandits
The Atlanta Blue Jays completed a clean sweep of Pool M, finishing with a 4-0 record with a 3-2 win over the PG Crimson Bandits.

6-7 RHP Trey Wingenter (2012, Madison, AL) threw the first 2 innings, pitching at 86-88 mph, before handing the ball off to RHP Hudson Jacobs (2012, Gray, GA) for the final 5 innings.  Jacobs didn't throw hard, topping out at 81 mph, but pounded the strike zone, starting 15 out of 19 hitters with strikes and forcing the Bandits to put the ball in play.

SS Stephen Alemais (2013, Bronx, NY) put on a show for the Bandits, going 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.  Alemais also showed his athleticism in the field and is a young prospect to follow very closely.
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Gm # 136 | 10/23/2011 | 8:00 AM Kentucky Baseball Club vs. Reds Midwest Scout Team
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Reds Midwest Grabs Playoff Spot With 6-0 Win >>
The Reds Midwest Scout Team punched their playoff ticket Sunday morning with a 6-0 win over Kentucky Baseball Club.

1B/LHP A.J. Puk (2013, Cedar Rapids, IA) drove in 2 runs with a first inning single and later added another hit to lead the Reds offense.  3B Braxton Martinez (2012, St. Peters, MO) also went 2-3 and scored a run.

RHP Andy Honiotes (2013, Geneva, IL) threw 4 shutout innings to get the win.  Honiotes was aggressive with a 86-89 mph fastball and showed good command.  He's a loose 6-3/170 athlete who should keep improving as he gets stronger.

Kentucky Baseball Club RHP Clinton Hollon (2013, Lexington, KY) made his second appearance of the tournament, throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief, striking out 5.  Hollon pitched in the 91-94 mph range with an upper 70's slurve type breaking ball.
SWFL Bats Go Quiet in Playoff Bid >>
Gm # 126 | 10/22/2011 | 5:20 PM SWFL Baseball vs. Dulin Dodgers
SWFL received an outstanding pitching performance from RHP Jake Fossick (2012, Port Charlotte, FL) in a must win game against Dulin Dodgers Saturday night but their bats came up short in a 0-0 tie.

Fossick threw a complete game 2-hitter with 11 strikeouts, pitching in the 88-92 mph range with a 75 mph curveball that flashed very good bite at times.  He throws from a very unusual slow paced back turn delivery that disrupts hitters timing, especially with the velocity on his fastball.

In fairness to the SWFL hitters, Dulin threw 5 very good pitchers who combined on a 3 hitter with 14 K's.  They included:

RHP Austin Sexton (2012, Madison, AL):  87-90 with a nice ability to change speeds and pitch.
RHP Cheyne Bickel (2013, North Palm Beach, FL):  87-89 with a big 74 mph curveball
RHP Brady Bramlett (2012, Bartlett, TN):  88-91 with a long, loose projectable arm action
RHP John Mark Shelly (2012, Germandtown, TN): 90-92, compact quick arm action
RHP Matthew Ferguson (2012, Cordova, TN):  Steady 88 mph fastball
 
PG Miami Battles Marucci to 1-1 Tie >>
Gm # 125 | 10/22/2011 | 5:20 PM Miami PG Columbia Blue vs. Marucci Elite
Miami PG Columbia Blue played an excellent all around game Saturday night and pulled out a 1-1 tie with the prospect laden Marucci Elite team.  Miami only managed 2 hits but played errorless defense and received strong pitching performances from 1B/RHP Mark Hernandez (2012, Miami, FL) and RHP Billy Atkins (2012, Margate, FL).

Marucci introduced a new pitching prospect in 6-5/185 RHP Mitchell Sewald (2012, Mandeville, LA), who threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4 hitters.  The long and loose Sewald was 89-92 with his fastball, up from 86-87 this summer, with a big breaking 77 mph curveball.

2013 SS Christopher Rivera (Fullerton, CA) threw the 7th inning for Marucci and sat at 91-92 with a hard biting 75 mph curveball.

RHP Brent Wheatley (2012, Villa Park, CA) threw the first 4 innings for Marucci, topping out at 89 mph.

Big California Arms Throw for Marlins Scout Team >>
Gm # 124 | 10/22/2011 | 5:20 PM Marlins Scout Team vs. Dallas Patriots
Marlins Scout Team scored 3 runs in the first inning and rode the arms of two hard throwing California right handers to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Patriots.

RHP Paul Blackburn (2012, Oakley, CA) threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks while striking out 8 Patriot hitters.  Blackburn throws from a low effort delivery and has a polished approach to pitching that projects plus command in the future.  He only threw 59 pitches, 42 for strikes, while throwing at 89-91 mph with occasional hard sinking life.  He also showed very good feel for a 77 mph curveball.

Blackburn was relieved by RHP Cal Becker (2012, Kentfield, CA), who didn't show the command and polish that Blackburn did but flashed nasty stuff, including a 91-93 mph fastball and 81-84 mph slider with hard biting action.

OF Harrison Bader (2012, Bronxville, NY) had a key 2 out, 2 run triple and showed very good bat speed, along with centerfield type tools on defense.

3B Trooper Reynolds (2013, Weatherford, TX), a strongly built 5-11/205 right handed hitter, was the top Patriots hitter and showed very good bat speed and the ability to drive the ball hard.

Hawkins Home Run Lifts Banditos to Third Win >>
The Houston Banditos raised their record to 3-0 and CF Courtney Hawkins (2012, Corpus Cristi, TX) raised his prospect stock to new heights in a 4-2 win over All-American Prospects/Indians Scout Team.  Hawkins, who had 3 doubles and a triple in the Banditos first two games, lifted a long, high fly ball to right field in the first inning with 2 runners on base that looked like a routine out off the bat but ended up carrying well over the fence for a 3 run homer.  Hawkins later scored the Banditos fourth run when he walked, stole second and came home on a hit by IF/RHP Ralph Garza (2012, New Braunfels, TX).

6-6/220 RHP Jackson McClelland (2012, Cherry Valley, CA) threw 5 solid innings, allowing 3 hits and a run.   McClelland works downhill well from a high 3/4's release point and topped out at 88 mph with a 72 mph curveball and 78 mph change up.

SS C.J. Hinojosa (2012, Spring, TX) had 2 hits for the Banditos and continued to show excellent bat speed.

6-3/180 RHP Jarred Jilson (2012, Vero Beach, FL) was the most impressive of four All American pitchers, pitching at 88-90 mph with a 77 mph curveball.  Jilson threw a very heavy fastball with excellent sinking action at times.

6-4/190 OF Zach Larson (2012, Bradenton, FL) continued to impress scouts with his overall tools and went 2-3 at the plate with an Rbi.
2012 RHP hits 93 for Canes Baseball >>
Gm # 113 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM MSL All-Stars vs. Canes Baseball
Mitchell Brown (2012, RHP, Rochester Century HS, Rochester, MN) had his fastball sitting at 90-92mph with his fastball topping out at 93mph with his curveball topping out at 77mph, and his slider topping out at 84mph. Brown has an effortless arm action, throws easy, has armside run on his fastball, has a good 11-5 break on his curveball, and his slider is an out pitch.

Josh Sborz (2012, RHP, McLean HS, McLean, VA) had his fastball sitting at 89-92mph with it topping out at 92mph, with his curveball topping out at 78mph, and his changeup topping out at 82mph. Sborz shows control of both sides of the plate, has a quick arm, throws easy, has sound mechanics, with an online delivery, and good command of his 11-5 breaking curveball.

Joseph Jae Roberts (2013, OF, Hammond School, Columbia, SC) had a hit in the game for Canes Baseball. Roberts stays inside the ball well, has excellent bat speed, with a confident approach at the plate. In the field Roberts has an accurate arm, with a loose easy arm action, and online carry.

Jake Thompson (2013, RHP, Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, TX) had his fastball sitting at 91-92mph with it topping out at 93mph, with his curveball topping out at 76mph, his slider topping out at 82mph, and his changeup topping out at 80mph. Thompson pitches downhill, has an arm that works well, has a plan on the mound, uses sound mechanics, has good depth to his slider, and armside run on his changeup.

Jack Moffitt (2012, RHP, Flower Mound HS, Flower Mound, TX) had his fastball sitting at 89-91mph with his fastball topping out at 92mph while his curveball was topping out at 75mph. Moffitt controls both sides of the plate, has sound mechanics, with an online delivery, has a 10-4 break on his curveball, and uses a 3/4 arm slot.

Kolbey Carpenter (2012, SS, West HS, West, TX) had a couple of hits including a double for the MSL All-Stars. Carpenter is a high energy player, with good bat speed, and a fluid stroke.

Preston Palmiero (2013, 1B, Colleyville Heritage HS, Colleyville, TX) had a hit and an RBI in the game for MSL All-Stars. Palmiero has a projectable frame, stays inside the ball well, has power potential and a line drive swing plane.
2013 OF goes 3-3 in Florida Legends Scout Team >>
Gm # 112 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM Florida Legends Scout Team vs. Northwest Scout Team
Christian Khawam (2013, OF, Southridge HS, Miami, FL) was 3-3 in the game with 1 double, 1 triple 1 stolen base and 3 runs scored to help pace the offense for the Florida Legends Scout Team. Khawam has a fluid stroke, is a linedrive contact hitter, hits the ball to all fields and drives the ball with regular contact. In the field Khawam has a good first step, takes good routes to the ball, and covers a lot of ground.

Nick Scahill (2012, RHP, Coral Springs Christian, Coral Springs, FL) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with it topping out at 89mph, with his curveball topping out at 71mph, and his changeup topping out at 76mph. Scahill throws strikes, has good extension out front, changes speeds well, and has a smooth deceptive delivery.

Andrew Sopko (2012, RHP, Loyola Sacred Heart HS, Missoula, MT) had his fastball sitting at 86-87mph with it topping out at 88mph with his curveball topping out at 72mph, and his changeup topping out at 81mph. Sopko stays tall on the backside, with sound mechanics, throws easy, has an arm that works well, and pitches downhill.

Matt Hape (2012, RHP, Bozeman HS, Bozeman, MT) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with it topping out at 88mph with his curveball topping out at 73mph. Hape has good command show control of both sides of the plate, throws easy, has an arm that works well, and has sound mechanics on the mound.

Taylor Jones (2012, 3B, Kentwood HS, Kent, WA) was 2-2 with 2 RBI'S and a triple in the game to pace the Northwest Scout Team. Jones has a large projectable frame, with good bat speed, a quick bat, and drives the ball with regular contact.

Astros Roll to 9-1 Win >>
Gm # 114 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM East Cobb Astros vs. South Florida PG Kelly Green
East Cobb Astros were one of the most impressive 16u teams this summer as well as at the Underclass World Championship two weeks ago in Fort Myers. They continued to have a strong run this weekend with a 9-1 win over South Florida PG Kelly Green.

Astros OF Jacob Heyward (2013, Eagles Landing Christian, McDonough, GA) is an athletic outfielder with strength and lots of bat speed and fellow outfielders Daz Cameron (2015, Eagles Landing Christian, McDonough, GA) and Terry McClure (2013, Westlake HS, Atlanta, GA) are also top ranked underclassmen with top level athleticism and tools at the plate.
Dial/Burkamper Throw for South PG Navy >>
Gm # 115 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM South PG Navy vs. Team Georgia (TGBA)
South PG Navy RHPs Todd Dial (2013, Russell County HS, Phenix City, AL) and Derek Burkamper (2013, Muscatine, IA HS) each touched 89 in a 4-3 loss to Team Georgia.

Dial, the younger brother of Auburn SS Tyler Dial, has a strong, compact build much like his brother and has very good arm strength as well as a 74 mph curveball and 78 mph changeup. Burkamper threw strikes well and sat 87-89 with very good feel for a 74 mph curveball and 79 mph changeup.

Team Georgia RHP Travis Lambert (2012, Collins Hill HS, Lawrenceville, GA) topped at 90 with long, loose arm action and a 74 mph curveball.
2012 OF hits 3 triples for Dallas Tigers >>
Gm # 118 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM Dallas Tigers vs. Louisiana All-Stars
David Oppenheim (2012, OF, Mercer Island HS, Mercer Island, WA) went 3-3 in the game with 3 triples to pace the offense for the Dallas Tigers. Oppenheim has an athletic large frame with a strong build, has a fluid stroke at the plate, has a short compact swing, with good bat speed, a line drive swing plane, drives the ball with regular contact, and has good speed on the bases.

Kendall Coleman (2013, OF, Rockwall HS, Rockwall, TX) had 2 hits in the game with a double to help pace the Dallas Tigers offense. Coleman has a quick bat, stays inside the ball well, is a linedrive contact hitter, and hits the ball to all fields. Coleman has soft sure hands, with easy fluid actions, and makes all the plays.

Nick Holt (2012, RHP, Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge, LA) had his fastball sitting at 83-86mph with it topping out at 88mph with his curveball topping out at 73mph and his changeup topping out at 80mph. Holt has an extra large frame, has good command of his pitches, gets good extension out front, has an online delivery, with good cut to his changeup.



Chicago Scouts RHP Matthew Schultz >>
Gm # 119 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM Palm Beach PAL vs. Chicago Scouts Association
Chicago Scouts Association RHP Matt Schultz (2012, Oswego East HS, Plainfield, IL) put his name among the top arms in Illinois, topping at 93 with a big, projectable frame as well as a 79 mph slider and 83 mph changeup.

Other arms that threw for Chicago were RHP Jack Landwehr (2012, Mt. Prospect, IL HS) who topped at 88, Dakota Miller (2012, Kennedy HS, Cedar Rapids, IA) was up to 90.

PBC PAL SS Tyler Kendall (2012, Park Vista HS, Boynton Beach, FL) showed why he is a Florida commit with very good defensive actions and arm strength across the diamond. C Robbie Coman (2012, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, FL) is a strong built catcher with bat speed and raw power.
2012 RHP hits 92mph for ABD Bulldogs >>
Gm # 117 | 10/22/2011 | 3:00 PM ABD Bulldogs vs. Baseball U
Andrew Potter (2012, RHP, Eastside HS, Lancaster, CA) had his fastball sitting at 88-92mph with it topping out at 92mph, while his curveball topped out at 77mph. Potter has a medium frame with a arm that works well, throws easy, has a good follow through, attacks hitters, has a smooth online delivery, and is aggressive with his fastball.

Tanner Rahier (2012, RHP, Palm Desert HS, Indian Wells, CA) had his fastball sitting at 90-92mph with it topping out at 92mph. Rahier has a quick arm, with cut action t