Garrett Paakkonen (2015-Missoula, MT) set the tone and paced the offense for the Gold team, leading the game off with a well struck double down the left field line and later came in to score the first run of the game.
Aidan Cameron (2015-Parker, CO) showed a lot of interesting tools on both sides of the ball. Listed at 6-4 170, Cameron showed athletic actions and light footwork at shortstop, maintaining his balanced on all ground balls hit his way. In the box, the left-handed hitter squared the ball up in both of his at bats. In his first trip to the plate he put the barrel on the ball and lined it directly at the right fielder. His second at bat was a similar swing/contact but different result as he pulled the ball down the line for a stand up double. Cameron ran the bases very well and is able to easily glide due to his long legs and athleticism.
Tanner Bowden (2015-Kaysville, UT) continued to show his tools, especially his hit and speed tools as he did yesterday. In right field he covered a lot of ground, showing a quick first step on a fly ball, and showed a strong arm on the throw in to third base. He also showed a very quick, short swing which resulted in a double to his pull side.
Kam Lane (2015-Eagle-ID) was noted yesterday for his big bat speed and strength in batting practice and he brought that into today's game, jumping on a fastball and putting it over the centerfield fence.
Jared Crockett (2015-Westminster, CO) shows a lot of tools that are only going to get better has he continues to add strength to his quick twitch frame. He picked up a couple of hits in today's game, including a double to left centerfield. Crockett's speed can really impacted a game, especially on the bases.
Travis Marr (2016-Castle Rock, CO) shows a back turn delivery on the mound which helps him hide the ball well and create deception in his delivery. His fastball worked 81-84 mph and was spotting it well to both sides of the plate early on in his outing. Marr also showed a sweeping curveball with some depth in the low 70s which he used to help pick up 5 strikeouts in 3 innings. He helped himself at the plate as well, crushing a hanging curveball to deep centerfield for a standup double and singled in his second trip to the plate.
Taylor Williams (2015-Castle Rock, CO) may have made Perfect Game history and if not, put himself in some rarified air as he struck out 10 batters in three innings. Williams maintained his fastball velocity very well, sitting 83-85 mph and touched an 86 in his last inning of work. He filled up the strike zone with a 4-pitch mix and worked downhill very nicely. His changeup topped at 78 mph and threw both a slider and curveball with noticeable differential in shape between the two.
Issac Bracken (2016-Berthoud, CO) brought some of the arm strength he showed yesterday to the mound today, topping out at 83 mph from an over the top arm slot and mixed in a 12-6 curveball which topped at 70 mph.
Matthew Hansen (2015-Montgomery, TX) throws from a true three-quarter arm slot with a simple, repeatable delivery. His frame projects well and was able to spot his 80-83 mph fastball to the inner half well to right-handed hitters. Hansen was most effective on the mound when he mixed all three of his pitches; his fastball, a 74/75 mph changeup and a curveball in the low-70s which he showed a strong feel for.
Jackson Cluff (2015-Meridian, ID) showed off his smooth athletic actions on a ground ball up the middle which he fielded with soft hands, spun around, and delivered a strike to first base for the final out of the inning.