It sure was a battle between two top-notch programs tonight. The South Florida Elite Squad and Marucci Elite met in this match-up which proved to be not quite as close as one would think. Both teams have a long list of players with big time college commitments and took full advantage of being a part of the first ever Perfect Game World Series event. The Elite squad scored 3 runs in the 7th inning to top off their victory and beat Marucci 7-3.
Louisiana State commit, 2013 Danny Zardon (Pembroke Pines, FL, American Heritage HS) had a stellar performance while batting. He hit a perfect 2-2 with a 3-run home run in the 7th inning to put the game away for good for South Florida. Zardon is athletic and strong with a large frame. He demonstrated soft, sure hands and good fielding actions during his time in the infield. While batting, Zardon proved to have a fluid stroke, a quick bat, good plate coverage, a short, compact swing, good bat speed and a sound hitting approach. He stayed inside the ball well, is an aggressive hitting and has a confident approach. He showed power potential and solid running.
Another Louisiana State commit, 2013 Nick Longhi (Venice, FL, Venice HS), went 2-4 with 3 RBI's for South Florida. Longhi is athletic and strong with a medium frame. He's a polished hitter, hits to all fields and makes very hard contact. He demonstrated gap power, a fluid stroke, a quick bat, good plate coverage, aggressive hitting, a good eye and a quiet hitting approach. Longhi's bat is his best tool and stepping up to bat he shows gap to gap hitting with some pop. University of Miami commit, 2013 Zack Collins (Pembroke Pines, FL, American Heritage HS) went 1-1 with an RBI and a triple as well. Collins has a strong lower half, broad shoulders and is athletic, much like his teammates. He showed a fluid stroke, balanced swing, excellent bat speed, a power approach at the plate, and a confident approach.
Pitching a complete game for South Florida was 2013 Shaun Anderson (Coral Springs, FL, American Heritage HS), a University of Florida commit. Anderson allowed 4 hits and 3 runs with an impressive 8 strikeouts. He stunned fans as his fastball ranged between 87-90mph the entire game while peaked at 91. Anderson is athletic with broad shoulders and a strong, projectable frame. He demonstrated good command, solid arm action, good extension out front, good follow through, and an aggressive fastball. He was around the plate with all pitches, showed control on both sides of the plate, set up hitters, kept hitters off balance, showed mound presence and was a complete bulldog on the mound. All this and more as Anderson just gets warmed up at the World Series.
Marucci Elite pitcher 2013 Jared Poche (Lutcher, LA, Lutcher HS) will become teammates with Zardon and Longhi at LSU in fall of 2013. For now though, he is focusing on pitching Marucci to victory, although tonight slipped away. Poche pitched 5 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs with 6 strikeouts. His fastball peaked at 90mph. He is athletic and strong with a large, projectable frame. Poche showed short arm action, quick arm, sound mechanics, online delivery, and good command of his FB. He threw strikes, knows how to pitch, competes on the mound, attacks hitters and his arm works well.
The competition here at the 17U PG World Series is unlike any other and things are just getting started!