First off, you can expect the blogs to come more frequently for the duration of this tournament. Day one's information, as mentioned earlier, is a little slower coming in as we do not receive the scoresheets until late in the day.
The ABD Bulldogs ‘09’s are one of the tournament favorites, with a couple of key 2008 players on a roster of mostly 2009 players. SS Matt Harrison, a North Carolina signee from Las Vegas, has played with the Bulldogs for years. IF Anthony Rendon, a Rice signee and Atlanta Braves draft choice and one of the top high school hitters this spring in the Houston area, was a late addition to the Bulldogs roster.
Harrison and Rendon made an immediate impact in ABD’s 7-1 opening day victory over the PBI Eagles. Rendon, batting leadoff, went 3-3 with 3 doubles and scored twice. Harrison, batting 2nd, went 2-2 with a walk, a triple and a 2 run home run.
The two older players has created quite a talent glut in the middle of the infield for ABD. The team’s two other middle infielders, 2009 prospects David Nick and Jiovanni Mier, are both Aflac All-Americans.
ABD will get what will have to be one of their stiffest tests on Wednesday when they face one of the top left handed pitchers in the country in McHenry County Hurricanes LHP Ian Krol.
Another tournament favorite, the East Cobb Braves 17U, spun the first no-hitter of the event, defeating the New York Cardinals 9-0 in a 9 inning game. LHP Matt Lane (3 innings) and RHP’s Jake Montgomery and Blaine O’Brien (1 inning each) combined for the no-no (Note: For Perfect Game purposes, any game where there are no hits is considered a no-hitter….re: MLB/Los Angeles Angles)
The top 5 hitters in the Braves line up will match up with anyone at this level of baseball in terms of power: 2B Cooper Moseley, CF Donovan Tate (who had a home run against the Cardinals), 3B Miles Head, 1B Patrick Savage and RF Drew Steckenrider.
OF Chris Fabragas of Fat Cat Baseball hit the event’s first Grand Slam connecting against Elite Baseball Black in a 11-1 victory. Fabragas, hitting 5th in the Fat Cat lineup, drove in teammates Darnell Sweeney, Patrick Donahue and J.R. Pryor in the team’s 8 run first inning.
The big bats came out for the Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs in a 7-4 win over the Hammond Chiefs. All 7 of the Chiefs runs scored on four home runs at the Sprayberry HS field. OF Jeremy Baltz, OF P.J. Niedzwiecki and SS Matt Wessinger hit 2-run shots and C Phil Pohl added a solo home run.
Line Drive Baseball LHP Nolan Belcher, a 2008 prospect signed with South Carolina, and Richmond Braves 2009 RHP Jacob Mayers hooked up in a top level pitching duel. Belcher, a 5-8 left hander who has been a staple at WWBA events for years, struck out 14 in a complete game 3 hitter to get the 2-1 win. Belcher pitches in the mid 80’s with a serious hammer curveball. Mayers only allowed 1 hit, a triple by SS Jacob Dalfonso, in 5 innings while pitching at 86-87 mph but Line Drive scratched out 2 runs.
As far as sustained fastball velocity goes, RHP Scotty Allen of the Florida Stars Grey was one of the most impressive pitchers of Day 1. Allen, a 6-2, 165 lb’er from Lyman HS in Orlando, Florida, touched 93 mph a number of times during 4 innings of work and threw a low 80’s slider that was a present plus pitch at times. Allen allowed only 1 hit and struck out 6 in a 8-0 Stars victory over the Batters Up Trojans.
There will likely be frequent mentions of sons of former Major Leaguers. The first one to leave a definite impression was 2010 RHP Cam Bedrosian, son of Steve Bedrosian. Bedrosian (East Coweta HS, Senioa, GA) threw 2 1/3 innings for the Home Plate Chilidogs and picked up a save in their 5-3 win over the Florida Hardballers. Bedrosian has a strong 6-1, 185 lb build and a very easy arm action. He threw 88-91 mph on his his fastball with a sharp low 80’s slider.