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2009 WWBA 2009 Grads or 18u National Championship



2009 WWBA 18U National Championship

 



Monday, July 6
7/6/2009 5:57:28 PM

BRAVES WIN!!!!! 
7/6/2009 5:56:14 PM

2 outs, Bombers have a runner on first base (C.T.Bradford) with 2 outs, 2B Frankie Ratcliff at the plate.  Zach Alvord still on the mound for the Braves 
7/6/2009 5:48:06 PM

Top of the 7th inning, East Cobb maintains their 11-10 lead.   
7/6/2009 5:42:27 PM

The Bombers go out without a run in the bottom of the 6th, Aflac IF Zach Alvord on the mound for the Braves.   
7/6/2009 5:27:27 PM

The Braves now lead 11-10, runner on first base, 2 outs, bottom of the 5th!  They've scored 10 runs this inning. 
7/6/2009 5:22:32 PM

East Cobb has tied the game up in the bottom of the 5th on a 2 run double by Stetson Allie.  Incredible comeback! 
7/6/2009 5:13:52 PM

The East Cobb Braves have pulled within 2 runs of the Florida Bombers, answering the Bombers 9 run 4th inning with 7 runs thus far in the 5th.  SS Tyler Dial just hit a 2 run double off the top of the CF wall to plate the last 2 runs.   
7/6/2009 5:03:22 PM

The East Cobb Braves have a rally going in the bottom of the 5th.  They've scored 3 runs and have the bases loaded with one out. 
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The Bombers now lead 8-0 in the top of the fourth inning, still only 1 out.  Runners on 1st and 3rd. 
7/6/2009 4:13:49 PM

The Bombers have moved out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning despite getting only 2 hits.  There are still no outs.  They have runners on first and second. 
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7/6/2009 2:53:12 PM

The Florida Bombers advanced to the 18U National Championship finals with a 6-3 win over the Georgia Roadrunners.  The win puts them in position to defend their 2008 18U national championship and win their 6th title in 8 years.

The Bombers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and pretty much cruised the rest of the way.  The Roadrunners left 7 runners on base over the first 5 innings against Bombers starter Anthony Tzamtzis but were shut down over the last two innings by RHP Albert Cardenas, taking any drama out of the end of the game.

The Championship game between the Bombers and the East Cobb Braves is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:15 pm. 
7/6/2009 2:49:27 PM

The Florida Bombers advanced to the 18U National Championship finals with a 6-3 win over the Georgia Roadrunners.  They are now in position to win their 2nd consecutive 18U title and 6th in the eight year history of the event.

The Bombers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second and had no problems holding on to the lead.  RHP Albert Cardenas pitched the last 2 1/3 inning in relief of starter Anthony Tzamtzis and allowed only one baserunner after the Roadrunners had left 7 runners on base through the first 5 innings.

The Bombers will play the East Cobb Braves in the Championship Game, which will start at approximately 4:15 pm. 
7/6/2009 2:23:57 PM

The  Georgia Roadrunners are the visiting team and have the top of the 7th to catch up.....or the Bombers will be in position to defend their 18U National Championship. 
7/6/2009 1:23:52 PM

The Florida Bombers have jumped out to a 5-1 lead over the Georgia Roadrunners after two innings of the second semi-final game at the 18U National Championships.  CF C.T Bradford and 2B Frankie Ratcliff both had 2-run doubles in the 5 run second inning and SS Michael Broad added an Rbi single.

 
7/6/2009 12:27:54 PM

The East Cobb Braves defeated the 6-4-3 Double Play Baseball Academy 5-0 to advance to the WWBA 18U National Championships.

RHP Ralston Cash (2010, Lakeview Academy, GA) threw the first 6 innings for the Braves, allowing 5 hits and surviving 4 errors without walking a hitter.  Cash was 88-90 mph on his fastball the entire game and located his sharp breaking 73 mph curveball with precision.  Cash has allowed 1 earned run in 2 starts (2-0, 10 innings) this week.

1B Trey Griffin doubled in the 2nd inning after a walk to 2B Zach Alvord and both ended up scoring on a fielder's choice.  Griffin walked to lead off the 6th inning and ended up scoring again on a single by RF Ben Gamel.

East Cobb will play the winner of the Florida Bombers/Georgia Roadrunners game.  
7/6/2009 11:41:32 AM

Ralston Cash has maintained his shutout and a 2-0 lead over the 6-4-3 Double Play Baseball Academy going into the bottom of the 6th inning.  Stetson Allie is presently warming up in the Braves bullpen.  Aflac All-American 1B Trey Griffin is leading off the 6th inning for East Cobb. 
7/6/2009 11:19:56 AM

The East Cobb Braves are leading the 6-4-3 Double Play Baseball Academy 2-0 going into the top of the 5th inning.  RHP Ralston Cash has allowed 5 hits for the Braves but has pounded the strike zone and the East Cobb infield defense has been solid. 
7/6/2009 8:26:00 AM

Another storm cell moved through the East Cobb area around 9 am, further delaying the start of semifinal play. Entertainment during the storm was provided by East Cobb Braves 3B/RHP Stetson Allie. Stripped to his shorts and accompanied by a 6-foot inflatable porpoise, Allie made three diving, sliding passes across the wet tarp on Field 1.

 
7/6/2009 8:18:55 AM

The defending 18U National Champion Florida Bombers defeated the 2008 WWBA World Champion ABD Bulldogs 4-2 in an intensely played game on EC Field 1 last night.

After ABD took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning, Bombers DH Mike Revell blasted a 2-run home run to tie the score up in the bottom of the inning.  The score stayed at 2-2 until Bombers SS Michael Broad singled in 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th.

Perhaps the key play of the game was in the top of the 4th inning.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out, ABD 2B Brad Salgado hit a ground ball between third and short that Bombers 3B Thomas Goodman cut off in the hole.  Goodman's throw to first was wide and low but 1B Anthony Tzamtzis dug it out at full stretch to get the out and prevent ABD from taking a 4-2 lead.

Goodman later came on to pitch and got the win in relief.

SS Anthony Wolters went 3-3 with a 2B for the Bulldogs. 
7/6/2009 8:03:31 AM

The East Cobb Braves defeated Chet Lemon's Juice 6-1 Sunday night to move into the 18U semifinals.

The story was the same for the Braves, as 1B Eric Arce (2010, Lakeland HS, FL) paced the offense.  Arce is putting together one of the top offensive performances ever at a WWBA event, rivaling those of players such as Pedro Alvarez, Colby Rasmus and Eric Campbell.  He went 2-3 against the Juice with 2 home runs and 3 Rbi's.  Arce now has 4 home runs....we'll total up his total performance numbers today.

LHP Patrick Merkling (2009, Etowah HS, GA) carried the load on the mound, throwing 6 innings and allowing only 3 hits.  Merkling, an Auburn signee, spotted a mid-80's fastball effectively to both sides of the plate and mixed in a sharp 75 mph slider.

Braves 3B/RHP Stetson Allie (2010, St. Edwards HS, OH) came in to finish the game from 3B and drew a huge crowd behind home plate to watch him throw 96-98, touch 99 mph with a 91 mph slider. 
Sunday, July 5
7/5/2009 6:17:24 PM

The Georgia Roadrunners defeated the South Florida Titans 3-0 to claim a spot in the WWBA 18U semifinals.  The Roadrunners will face the winner of the ABD Bulldogs/Florida Bombers game.

2010 RHP Nick Bootwell carried the load for the Roadrunners, throwing a complete game 2-hit shutout without a walk, striking out 7.  Bootwell pitched in the low 80's, topping out at 83 mph, with a nice slider that he located well. 
7/5/2009 5:48:34 PM

6-4-3 Double Play received some of the best pitching seen in recent WWBA history to win two playoff games today and become the first team to claim a place in the semi-finals.

In the round of 16, 6-4-3 got a combined 1-hitter from RHP Luke Crumley (2011, White County HS, GA) and RHP Andrew Smith (2010, Roswell HS, GA) to defeat the San Diego Show 1-0.  Crumley pitched the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing the sole hit, before giving way to Smith, who struck out 4 of the last 5 hitters.  6-4-3 scored their run without the benefit of a hit in the third inning, as Show RHP Ryan Wilkins threw a 2-hitter of his own.

In the Quarterfinals.RHP Lucas Hart (2010, North Cobb HS, GA) spun a masterpiece, throwing a complete game 7 inning no-hitter against Treasure Coast Young Guns in a 7-0 win.  Hart was very efficient in locating 3 solid pitches for strikes, a 85-88 mph fastball, a 72 mph CB and an 80 mph change up, with the change up being especially effective.  CF Grant Newsome (2010, Alpharetta HS, GA) went 3-4 to lead the Double Play offense.

6-4-3 Double Play will face off against the winner of the East Cobb Braves/Chet Lemon's Juice game in the semifinals. 
7/5/2009 4:35:48 PM

2B Brad Salgado (2010, Great Oak HS, CA) and RHP Jonathan Meyer (2009, Cathedral Catholic HS, CA) combined to lead the ABD Bulldogs past the East Cobb Astros 8-2 to gain a WWBA 18U quarterfinal berth.

Salgado drove in 2 runs during the Bulldogs 4 run first inning, then added a solo home run over the left centerfield fence in the third inning.

Meyer struggled in the first inning, giving up a couple of hits and 2 runs, but settled down after that to finish the game with 6 2-hit shutout innings.  Meyer pitched in the mid 80's but mixed in a sharp 76 mph slider and diving 77 mph change up and kept the ball down in the strike zone while striking out 8. 
7/5/2009 4:20:28 PM

Kansas City Royals RHP Zach Greinke (10-4, 2.00, 121 innings, 121 K's) leads a list of 11 Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Association alumni that are on the American and National League All-Star Game rosters.

That honor is significant for the WWBA 18U National Championship.  Greinke was selected in the first round of the 2002 draft by the Royals but hadn't signed as of early July.  He traveled to Marietta with the Orlando Scorpions in the initial WWBA 18U National Championships and threw so well that the Royals signed him at the tournament for a signing bonus in excess of $2M.  The buzz created by Greinke's presence, performance and eventual high profile signing helped make that first event a huge success.

Eight of the alumni are from the National League:

RHP Chad Billingsley (Los Angeles Dodgers)
RHP Jonathan Broxton (Los Angeles Dodgers)
RHP Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants)
1B Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
C Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves)
OF Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks)
3B David Wright (New York Mets)
3B Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)

Joining Greinke on the American League roster are:

OF Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Rays)
OF Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)


Greinke, Billingsley, Broxton, Cain, Jones and Zimmermann are all first time selections.


Congratulations to all the All-Stars from the Perfect Game Staff! 
7/5/2009 4:05:03 PM

RHP Hudson Randall (2009, Dunwoody HS, GA) threw a 3-hit shutout at the Carolina Cyclones, leading the East Cobb Braves to a 8-0 win Sunday afternoon.

The 6-3, 180 lb Randall pitched in the upper 80's, touching 90 mph, and had excellent movement on his fastball.  His mid 70's breaking ball and 80 mph change up were quality off-speed pitches.  Randall is set to enroll at U. Florida next month.

Braves catcher Eric Arce (2010, Lakeland HS, FL) continued his unbelievable hitting, going 4-4 with with a home run and 4 Rbi's.  Stats haven't been compiled for the tournament yet but according to the Braves and other observers, Arce "has only made 1 or 2 outs" in 7 games. 
7/5/2009 2:24:07 PM

LHP Josh Ziemba (2009, Jensen Beach, FL) threw a complete game 6 inning 1-hitter to lead the Treasure Coast Young Guns to a 9-1 run rule victory over the East Cobb Titans 16U Sunday morning in the second round of the playoffs.

Ziemba had a no-hitter through 5 innings but allowed a single in the 6th.  The only EC Titan run scored as the result of two errors.  The 6-2, 185 lb Ziemba threw a live running low 80's fastball and mixed in a 71 mph slilder and 72 mph change while pounding the lower half of the strike zone. 
7/5/2009 2:10:23 PM

Aflac All-American DeAndre Smelter (2010, Tatnall Square Academy, GA) threw a complete game shutout against the St. Louis Pirates 17U in the first round of the playoffs, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5 in a 4-0 win for the Cane Senior Team.

The 6-4, 205 lb Smelter touched 95 mph in the early innings and was consistently in the low 90's throughout the game.  Smelter has rarely thrown a breaking ball in PG/WWBA events before but unveiled a mid 80's slider that showed good sharpness when he didn't overthrow it.  His split change showed its normal good consistency. 
7/5/2009 1:55:00 PM

The defending champion Florida Bombers defeated the Canes Senior Team 11-6 to advance to the Quarterfinals.  The Bombers are now 7-0 and have outscored their opponents by a combined 52-11 score.

The Bombers were led by C Michael Ohlman (2009, Lakewood Ranch HS, FL).  Ohlman went 3-3 with 3 runs scored and 3 Rbi's.  He was one of the most highly regarded catching prospects in the 2009 draft but slipped to the 11th round (Baltimore Orioles) due to signability concerns. 
7/5/2009 1:45:09 PM

The Georgia Roadrunners advanced to the Quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over the East Cobb Astros 17U. 

The Astros led 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.  SS Ben Morgan drove home 2B Josh Beal twice, once in the 3rd inning and again in the 5th to account for the two runs.

The Roadrunners scored twice in the bottom of the sixth on two swings.  LF Tommy Ferguson led off the inning with a solo home run.  After a strike out, DH Curtis Parker blasted another solo home run to put them ahead. 
7/5/2009 12:06:15 PM

Earlier in the week we blogged about RHP Damon Accord of the Akadema Indiana Yankees.  The 6-4, 225 lb pitcher from Hiram, Georgia was up to 94 mph out of the bullpen early in the week, but had gone undrafted in June.

First, more of Accord's story has come out.  He is a 2008 high school grad who was at Middle Georgia JC during the past year.  However, Accord's mother was killed in a car crash during the fall and he was red shirted at Middle Georgia due to that tragedy.

The Atlanta Braves, who scout the WWBA Championships extensively, went out to Accord's second outing of the tournament, where he threw 2 2/3 innings, striking out 5, while sitting at 90-92.  They were impressed enough with Accord to make him an offer, and Accord signed a contract with the Braves late last night. 
7/5/2009 8:12:23 AM

The East Cobb Braves defeated the Florida Raiders 9-1 in the first round of the playoffs last night behind the two players who have carried them throughout the championship.  C Eric Arce (Lakeland HS, FL) continued his hot hitting with a single, home run and 2 walks, driving in 2 runs.  Aflac All-American 2B Zach Alvord (South Forsyth HS, GA) had 3 hits, including his third home run of the tournament, and drove in 3 runs. 
7/5/2009 7:57:52 AM

Alflac All-America RHP Peter Tago (2010, Dana Hills HS, CA) of the ABD Bulldogs Red didn't overwhelm the South Charlotte Panthers in ABD's 6-2 win last night in the first round of the playoffs but he certainly was effective.  The 6-2, 165 lb Tago threw 6 innings and only struck out 3 hitters, but only allowed 2 hits and 1 walk as he let his fielders do the work for him.  Tago was 90-92 mph in the early going with a 75-77 mph curveball and low 80's change up, then settled in at 87-90 by the 4th inning.

Fellow Aflac All-American C Stefan Sabol paced the ABD offense, going 2-3 with a double and scoring 3 runs. 
7/5/2009 7:39:48 AM

There has been plenty of buzz among the scouts and especially the college coaches about Chet Lemon's Juice SS Zach Powers (2010, Armwood HS, FL).  The 6-3, 185 lb Powers has been primarily a RHP at previous events and is actually listed on the Juice roster as a RHP.  He has very smooth actions at shortstop and obvious athleticism.  It's been hard to get a read on Powers' left handed bat but he went 2-3 with 2 runs scored in the Juice' 10-1 first round playoff victory over the South Florida Bandits. 
Saturday, July 4
7/5/2009 7:31:23 AM

For the first time at the 18U Championships, weather is going to be a major factor is the day's events.  The weather has been perfect every day during pool play, so perfect that there hasn't even been need to check the radar.  But the forecast is for 80% chance of rain throughout the day and the percentage looks closer to 100% if you look at the radar this morning. 
7/5/2009 7:10:00 AM

The East Cobb Astros are a team made up of 16 year old players, but they aren't playing like that among their 18 year old peers at this event.  They have outscored the opposition 55-1 in their six games thus far, including an 8-0 win over Chain Baseball Black in the first round of the playoffs last night.

The middle of the East Cobb order, LF Andrew Toles (2010, Sandy Creek HS, GA), RF Dwight Smith (2011, McIntosh HS, GA) and Aflac All-American 3B/RHP Kaleb Cowart (2010, Cook County HS, GA) have been consistently productive.  Smith hit his second home run of the tournament last night and projects as one of the top power hitters in the 2011 class.  He's the son of former ML outfielder Dwight Smith. 
7/4/2009 7:12:07 PM

LHP Colton Turner (2009, Cleburne, TX) was one infield error away from a perfect game in a Edge Scout Team win over the Colorado Slammers.  Turner struck out 9 hitters without issuing a walk.  The 6-3, 185 lb Turner pitched between 83 and 87 mph with a sharp 70 mph curveball.   He's signed with Texas State U. 
7/4/2009 7:02:00 PM

The Georgia Roadrunners saved an ace for the playoffs in 2009 RHP Matt Plate (Mt. Pisgah Christian HS, GA).  Facing the Evansville Wolfepack 17U in the first round of the playoffs, the 6-3, 185 lb Plate is throwing 90-93 mph with a very loose and easy arm.  Plate's breaking ball is a short and effective slider and he is throwing both pitches for strikes; he's struck out 7 in 3 innings.  Plate wasn't drafted last month, which has the PG staff buzzing a bit.  He's signed with Furman. 
7/4/2009 6:00:40 PM

Carolina Cyclones OF Daniel Aldrich (2009, Wando HS, SC) lives for the playoffs.  The left handed hitter put on a show for the Diamond Devils in the 2008 WWBA 17U National Championships, winning the MVP award for his 11 Rbi's in the final two games of that championship.  Aldrich, a College of Charleston signee, is playing for the Carolina Cyclones this summer, drove in 5 runs with a single, double and bases loaded triple to lead the Cyclones to a 15-3 win over Triple Threat in the first round of the playoffs. 
7/4/2009 5:09:20 PM

The Florida Surge have a big 2012 first baseman named Sean Gallagher who has big power.  The 6-3, 200 lb right handed hitting Gallagher (Boca Raton HS, FL) blasted a 380 ft home run against a 6-7 right hander throwing in the upper 80's during the Surge's 3-3 tie with the Rockdale Rhinos. 
7/4/2009 4:57:04 PM

The Southeast Texas Sun Devils warmed up for the playoffs with a 14-0 win over MVP Baseball Saturday afternoon.  LF Chris Muellner (2009, Beaumont West HS, TX) blasted 2 home runs and drove home 5 runs. 
7/4/2009 4:54:03 PM

Excel Blue Wave RHP Justin Camp (Austin HS, Decatur, AL) is a talented 2011 prospect.  The 6-1, 210 lb sophomore threw 5 shutout innings against Lefty's Lightning in a game the Excel would eventually lose 3-2.  Camp only allowed 2 hits and struck out 10.  He topped out at 90 mph with very good mechanics and plus command potential.  He threw both curveball and slider with the same type of command. 
7/4/2009 1:32:10 PM

The Evansville Wolfepack organization already had their senior team in the playoffs after winning Pool BB.  The junior team, the Evansville Wolfepack 17U, joined the 32 team playoffs with a 4-2 win early Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Puerto Rico Giants.

The Wolfepack 17U won Pool A with a 4-1 record.  Perennial national championship contender Diamond Devils also finished with a 4-1 record in Pool A play but lost to the Wolfepack 3-2 Thursday night.  The Diamond Devils outscored their opponents 29-1 in their four victories.

The Wolfepack 17U's playoff opponent has yet to be determined. 
7/4/2009 12:50:52 PM

6-4-3 Double Play Baseball Academy won the Pool M title with a 10-0 win over the North Oakland Yankees.  They will the SE Texas Sun Devils in the first round of the playoffs. 
7/4/2009 12:40:56 PM

The Florida Bombers seem to have tapped into a connection to the Virgin Islands.  We blogged earlier about RHP DeShaun Lake, a 2011 who was 89-91 in a Bombers game earlier in the week.  They started another Virgin Island's RHP Akeil Morris against the Louisville Saints.  Morris was 85-88 mph for 4 innings, striking out 4 without allowing a walk.  Like Lake, Morris' breaking ball still needs work but he has top level arm strength and some pitching ability at a young age. 
7/4/2009 12:30:44 PM

The San Diego Show defeated the Southeastern Road Warriors 5-1 to clinch the Pool K title.  They will be playing the East Coast Select in the first round of the playoffs this evening.

Chet Lemon's Juice won Pool U by defeating the Texas Magic 3-1.  Their first round playoff opponent is yet to be determined. 
7/4/2009 12:12:54 PM

Triple Threat Baseball Academy 18U Red won Pool Z with an 8-0 win over the Long Island Titans this morning.  They will play the Carolina Cyclones in the first round of the playoffs. 
7/4/2009 11:30:27 AM

Tampa area OF'er Ronnie Richardson has been going to PG/WWBA events since he was in 8th grade.  He was a 11th round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the June draft and is also signed with Central Florida.  In all the 100's of at bats Richardson has had in front of PG scouts in the last 5 years, we can't remember him hitting left handed.  He evidently switch hits now; he just hit a 3-run home run from the left side.  With his blazing speed, that skill could really help Richardson. 
7/4/2009 11:23:25 AM

Three additional teams have won their pools and will move on to the 32 team playoffs.  A total of 19 spots have been claimed.

The South Florida Titans are the winners of Pool CC.  They will play the Kalamazoo Diamond Maroons in the first round of the playoffs.

The Excel Blue Wave are the winners of Pool T and will play the winner of Pool S (undermined).

Stars Baseball 18U are the winners of Pool P.  They will play the Pool O champion East Cobb Titans 16U in the playoffs. 
7/4/2009 10:12:37 AM

IF D Monte Grissom (2009, White Water HS, GA), the son of former ML outfielder Marquis Grissom, literally missed hitting for the cycle by a few feet.  Grissom hit a single, double and triple in his first three at bats in a 11-3 win for the MGBA Nationals over the Florida Bombers Blue Sox.  In his fourth and final trip, Grissom hit a ball off the top of the RCF wall and only ended up with a double, smacking his hands together while standing at 2B to show his happy disappointment. 
7/4/2009 9:44:02 AM

The Cape Coast Canes won the Pool D title this morning with an 8-0 win over the East Cobb Cavaliers 
7/4/2009 9:38:21 AM

The Michigan Bulls clinched a playoff spot this morning in Pool R with a 3-0 win over the OTC Bearcats. 
7/4/2009 9:24:15 AM

The 9 am game at Alpharetta had all the makings of a get away day performance at the pro level....meaning that it took all of 1 hour, 10 minutes to complete a Team Connecticut win over the East Cobb Angels.  If that isn't the fastest game of the tournament, it definitely ranks among the top couple.  2010 LHP Nicholas Dignacco (Housatonic Valley HS, CT) was the main cause, throwing a complete 2-hit shutout. 
7/4/2009 7:39:46 AM

Two more teams clinched playoff berths with wins during the last round of games Saturday night, bringing the number of confirmed playoff teams to 14.

Pool B:    East Cobb Astros 17U

This team is not to be confused with the East Cobb Astros, a seperate team that has already won Pool J

Pool O:   East Cobb Titans 16U 
Friday, July 3
7/3/2009 7:08:01 PM

As of 8 pm on Friday evening, with four games still being played at the Complex and Kell HS, a total of 12 teams have clinched playoff berths.  The 32 team playoffs will begin at 7 pm tomorrow evening.

The 12 teams include:

Pool C:    Kalamazoo Diamond Maroons

Pool F:    Florida Bombers

Pool G:   South Charlotte Panthers

Pool H:   ABD Bulldogs Red

Pool J:   East Cobb Astros

Pool L:   East Coast Select

Pool N:   SE Texas Sun Devils

Pool Q:   Treasure Coast Young Guns

Pool Y:   Carolina Cyclones

Pool BB:  Evansville Wolfpack

Pool DD:  East Cobb Yankees

Pool EE:  St. Louis Pirates 17U  
7/3/2009 6:36:43 PM

New York Yankees 30th round draft choice RHP Kyle McKenzie (Thayer Academy, MA) is down on Field 3 at the Complex throwing 90-93 mph and looking loose and easy doing it.  He's pitching for the South Florida Bandits American team. 
7/3/2009 5:55:31 PM

The ABD Bulldogs Red Trio of Aflac All-Americans, IF Tony Wolters, OF Austin Wilson and C Stefen Sabol carried the load again in a 12-2 Bulldogs win over the Fungo Red Sox.  They combined to go 5-7 with 5 Rbi's and 5 runs scored batting out of the top 3 places in the order.  Wolters hit a Grand Slam and 1B Christian Yelich added a 2-run shot. 
7/3/2009 5:43:05 PM

Daniel Norris wasn't the only 2011 prospect in the 4:30 slot.  Another 2011, RHP Mike Jordan (Murrietta Valley HS, CA) duplicated Norris' effort for the San Diego Show, throwing 4 no-hit innings in a 9-0 Show victory over the Rockdale Rhinos.  Jordan topped out at 91 mph on his fastball and threw a 72-74 mph curveball that was sharp at times. 
7/3/2009 5:11:19 PM

LHP Daniel Norris and RHP Carter Harrison (2010, Calhoun HS, GA) combined on a no-hitter in the East Cobb Yankees 8-0 victory over the Pro Baseball Academy.  Norris, the 2011 phenom who was blogged earlier, threw the first 4 innings, striking out 8. 
7/3/2009 4:00:00 PM

2011 LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, TN) has firmly put himself right near the top of the 2011 class rankings based on his showing this afternoon over at Lassiter HS.  The 6-1, 150 southpaw started off the game throwing 93-94 mph with a lightning quick arm.  He also throws a sharp 77 mph curveball. 
7/3/2009 3:13:49 PM

Score Correction:  The Brookhaven Jays defeated the Frozen Ropes Texas 3-1, not the reverse as previously blogged. 
7/3/2009 2:23:45 PM

RHP Kindle Ladd (2010, McKinley North HS, TX) closed for Frozen Ropes this morning in their 3-1 win over the Brookhaven Jays.  He's a slender and projectable 6-1, 170 lb right hander with excellent pitching mechanics.  Ladd threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out three hitters.  His fastball was 84-87 mph with very good movement and he threw a upper 70's slider that was sharp at times.   
7/3/2009 2:00:30 PM

Two East Cobb Astros underclassmen are showing their projectable tools on EC Field #1 this afternoon.

RHP Tucker Simpson (2012, Oxford, AL) is easy to pick out.  He's listed at 6-6, 230 lbs and looks like he might be bigger than that.  Simpson first gained notice last year at the WWBA World Underclass Tournament when he blasted a long home run in the same game that he was the winning pitcher.  Simpson projects as a power pitcher rather than a hitter, although his strength and power will enable him to contribute as a hitter at this level.  Simpson has thrown 3 shutout innings, with a 85-87 mph fastball and low 70's curveball.

OF Dwight Smith (2011, McIntosh HS, GA) launched a home run into the right field trees in the first inninig to get the Astros on the scoreboard.  Smith looked like he was jammed on the pitch but was strong enough to fist the ball just to the right of the scoreboard.  He's one of the highest ranked hitters in the 2011 class. 
7/3/2009 1:54:31 PM

Reggie Williams Jr. (2009, Books-DeBartolo School, FL) has gained more notariety for his speed and projectable 6-4, 180 lb frame than anything else on the baseball field.  But in his game today for the Dawg Pound vs. the East Cobb Shamrocks, Williams unleashed a 400+ foot home run that the PG Scout described as "Majestic".  Williams was a 32nd round pick of the Texas Rangers in the June draft. 
7/3/2009 1:06:47 PM

2010 LHP Daniel Gibson (Tampa Jesuit HS) threw 5 innings for the West Florida Young Guns in their 6-0 win Friday morning over the Chain Baseball Gold.  The 6-1, 190 lb southpaw struck out 8 hitters without a walk and allowed only 2 hits.  Gibson sat between 86 and 89 mph on his fastball and threw both a curveball and a slider.  The curveball was 69-71 mph and froze hitters effectively.  His slider was 75-76 mph and worked well on the corners.  Gibson also threw an upper 70's change up. 
7/3/2009 11:43:28 AM

RHP Maximino Almonte (2010, Holy Trinity HS, Long Beach, NY) is looking sharp on Field #2 at the East Cobb Complex.  The 6-2, 200 lb Almonte has struck out 8 in the first 3 innings, pitching with a upper 80's fastball and a hard breaking curveball. 
7/3/2009 10:55:30 AM

RHP Dominick Arscott (2010, St. Cloud HS) isn't very well known outside central Florida as he goes to a smaller high school and hasn't traveled much.  He should be a name that college coaches and scouts remember.  He threw 3 1/3 innings for the Ohio Warhawks this morning in their 8-2 win over over the South Florida Bandits Central team.  The 6-4, 190 lb Arscott has a quick and loose arm and pitches in the upper 80's and pitches to spots.  We've been told that Arscott has been up to 92 mph earlier this summer pitching in local games. 
7/3/2009 9:28:13 AM

Shoulders has hit another home run, his 4th of the tournament, and is now 3-3 with 5 Rbi's in Chet Lemon's 9 am game vs. the Big Stix Gamers. 
7/3/2009 8:47:36 AM

1B Roderick Shoulders of Chet Lemon's Juice continues to impress with his power.  The left handed hitter from Brandon HS in Florida slammed his third home run in three games this morning, a grand slam. 
Thursday, July 2
7/2/2009 7:57:20 PM

A game has been added to the schedule.  The Mississippi Prospects will face the Maryland Redbirds at Oglethorpe University at 4:30.  The game is officially categorized as a consolation game even though pool play has not been complete.  Both teams come from pools which had a "forfeit" team and are making up for the lost game.  The game does not count in pool standings. 
7/2/2009 7:48:28 PM

At no point in the 18U National Championships will teams be seeded, but if they were, the top 5 teams after 3 days of play would be:

1.  Richmond Braves '10   (3-0, 0 RA/24 RS)

2.  East Cobb Astros   (3-0, 0 RA/23 RS)

3.  South Charlotte Panthers   (3-0, 1 RA/15 RS)

4.  Excel Blue Wave  (3-0, 1 RA/12 RS)

5.  East Cobb Astros 17U  (3-0, 1 RA/9 RS) 
7/2/2009 7:26:34 PM

Wes Rea (2010, Harrison Central HS, MS) is listed on the Louisiana Knights program as a primary 1B.  He's also listed at 6-4, 275 lbs, so it's hard to miss him either on paper or in uniform. 

Rea came into close the Knights 4-2 victory over Team Connecticut this morning, throwing 2 innings in the relief of mid 80's southpaw Jordan Rittiner (2009, Jesuit HS, LA).  Rea was 87-91 mph on his fastball with an upper 70's curveball and 75 mph change.  His mechanics were a bit raw but he threw strikes with all three pitches. 
7/2/2009 6:56:14 PM

Two 2009 draft pitchers had very impressive outings this afternoon that were hopefully seen by their drafting clubs.

LHP C.C. Watson (2009, Cleburne County HS, AL) threw 6 innings for the Excel Blue Wave in a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Blue Jays.  Watson was consistently 89-90 mph from an over the top arm slot and spotted his fastball with maturity.  His curveball was a hard 78-80 mph slurve that he also spotted well.  Watson struck out 10 and allowed only 2 hits.

Watson was a 29th round draft choice of the Texas Rangers.

Watson was trumped by Chet Lemon's Juice RHP Bryan Mitchell (2009, Rockingham County HS, NC).  Mitchell, a 16th round pick of the Yankees, threw 5 innings of shutout ball, allowing 2 hits and striking out 11 in a Juice 9-0 victory over the South Florida Bandits East.  Mitchell pitched at 91-94 mph in the early innings and was still 90-91 at the end of the game.  Mitchell has an extremely loose and fast arm from a close to overhand release point. 
7/2/2009 6:05:45 PM

SS Michael Broad (2009, Nova HS, FL) powered the Florida Bombers to a 10-1 win over the CBC Diamond Rats.  Broad had 2 home runs and 6 Rbi's after two innings and later added a Rbi single, giving him 7 Rbi's on the day. 
7/2/2009 5:52:49 PM

The Class of 2010 has alot of big pluses in it but hard throwing LHP's definitely aren't one of them.  In fact, we counted southpaws who touched 90 at the PG National and only came up with seven, and two of them were primary position players.

So we are taking an extra look at all the scoresheets this week and at the 17U's next week to hopefully find some more. 

Dulins Dodgers LHP Sam Moll put himself on that list today.  The 5-11, 180 southpaw (St. Benedict HS, Lakeland, TN) touched 89 mph frequently in the early innings of Dulins 9-1 win over the East Cobb Indians and settled into the mid-80's during the late innings.  Moll only allowed 1 hit in 6 innings while striking out 7.  He has a fluid delivery and does a good job of running his FB away from RHH'ers while mixing in a low 70's curveball. 
7/2/2009 5:09:59 PM

The Richmond Braves '10's unleased a trio of hard throwers in a 4-0 win against the East Cobb Patriots that ran their record to 3-0.  Only one of them was a primary pitcher, though.

6-5, 190 lb RHP Cody Cox (2010, Grassfield HS, VA) started and went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 8.  Cox threw 86-89 mph with a loose and free arm action and a upper 60's curveball that flashed good spin.

Cox was followed to the mound by 3B Johnny Fasola (88-90 mph) and 1B Austin Young (88-90) to close out the game.

 
7/2/2009 4:46:02 PM

RHP Blake Burrell (2011, Canyon Springs HS, CA) isn't one of the bigger pitchers here; in fact at 5-8, 160 he's probably one of the smallest.  But Burrell pitched big, throwing a 5-hit shutout against the East Cobb Angels in a 7-0 ABD Navy victory Thursday afternoon.  Burrell was mostly 87-88 mph on his fastball from a simple, low effort turn and throw delivery.  His 70 mph curveball was tight and quick and accounted for many of his 9 K's. 
7/2/2009 4:30:13 PM

Illinois Sparks 3B Chris Savas (2009, Willowbrook HS, IL) hit home runs in his first 2 at bats Wednesday afternoon against the South Bergan Mets at Sprayberry HS, knocking in 5 runs.  Not only did Savas go yard, he went Car!  A major road runs along the other side of the left field fence at Sprayberry and one of his home runs drilled a passing car.  We found out about it when the owner of the car showed up at the field to complain!  
7/2/2009 4:23:27 PM

In one of the bigger upsets thus far in the tournament, the Kalamazoo Diamond Maroons ran their record to 3-0 by defeating the Braves Scout Team 4-3 Thursday afternoon.

LHP Logan McAnallen (2009, DeWitt HS, MI) started for Kalamazoo and threw 4 solid innings, showing a mid 80's fastball and sharp slurve.  He was relieved by another southpaw, Trey Popp (2009, Portage Central HS, MI), who held the Braves to a single run over the last three innings.  Popp touched 88 mph on his fastball and showed good mound presence and command.

SS Torrston Boss (2009, Lowell HS, MI) went 2-3 with a home run to lead the Kalamazoo offense. 
7/2/2009 4:11:18 PM

It's rare for a prospect to come from the Virgin Islands but there might be one in the 2011 class.  RHP DeShaun Lake hails from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and is a strongly built 6-0, 190 lb athlete.  Starting the CBC Diamond Rats this afternoon, Lake was throwing 89-91 mph on his fastball with the makings of a good hard slurve type breaking ball. 
7/2/2009 4:00:39 PM

Taconic Rangers RHP Seth Lamando is one of the youngest players in the 18U National Championships as a 2012 grad at Ketcham HS in New York.  He didn't act like it while throwing a 7 inning no-hitter against the Orlando Reds.

The 5-11 right hander walked 2 while striking out 7.  He pitched between 83 and 86 mph for all 7 innings and showed very good command of a upper 60's curveball.  He obviously can handle the pressure of pitching to older hitters on a big stage. 
7/2/2009 3:54:30 PM

Big Roderick Shoulders (6-2, 220, 2010, Brandon HS, FL) is swinging a seriously hot bat.  The left handed hitting first baseman doubled off the right field wall and hit a 400 ft HR in his last two at bats last night in Chet Lemon's Juice 4-4 tie with the NE Lumberjacks.

In his first at bat this afternoon on EC Field 1, Shoulders drove a 3 run home run over the LCF fence.  We'll be watching for the next time he comes up. 
7/2/2009 2:58:20 PM

East Cobb Mets RHP Kevin Link (2009, Lassiter HS, GA) threw a masterpiece in the 2 pm game at EC Field #3, a 7-0 Mets win over the Houston Slam.  Link, who will be attending Princeton in the fall, threw a complete game 7 inning no-hitter, walking one batter in the second inning, while striking out 13 Slam hitters.  Link worked between 84 and 86 mph on his fastball with very good arm side running action while working in a 77 mph slider and 69 mph curveball. 
7/2/2009 1:47:13 PM

Attention College Coaches.

Kentucky Baseball Club has a CF named Dalton Henzman (2009, 6-3, 190, R/R, Lexington Christian HS, KY) who has been outstanding the first three games here in Marietta.  He's a very toolsy player with good speed that plays in centerfield, good projectable size and has shown very good power with the bat.  Henzman has told us that he has not signed with any school and is looking for a D1 type opportunity if possible. 
7/2/2009 11:01:07 AM

There seems to be a bottomless well of 2010 prospects from the state of Georgia.  2010 Matthew Grimes (6-5, 185, Mill Creek HS, GA) is throwing 89-91 mph with a 74 mph curveball for Team Elite in the 11:30 am slot this morning against the East Cobb Titans. 
7/2/2009 10:25:44 AM

The East Cobb Braves outlasted the Bayou City Bears 13-8 in a 9 am game Thursday morning, with mixed performances from their Aflac All-Americans.

SS Zach Alvord continued his hot hitting, slamming his second HR of the week, a 2-run shot, and added a single and a walk while totaling 3 Rbi's.  EH Trey Griffin was held hitless but had 2 sacrifice flies, running his tournament Rbi total to 8 thru 3 games.

CF Chavez Clarke scored a couple of runs after reaching base on a walk and HBP but went 0-2. 

RHP/3B Stetson Allie went 1-2 with an Rbi and run scored at the plate and came on in the last inning to close the game.  Allie lit up the radar gun at 95-97 mph with an 87-90 slider but missed consistently high while walking 3 hitters.  A game ending double play bailed him out of a bases loaded jam. 
7/2/2009 8:51:59 AM

RHP Drake Thomason (2010, Eastside HS, SC) wasn't on the PG radar before this morning but he is now.  Pitching for the Carolina Cyclones at Sprayberry HS in the 9 am slot, the 6-2, 200 lb Thomason has been throwing 89-91 mph in the early innings with a power type arm action. 
7/2/2009 8:08:11 AM

2010 RHP Trae Davis (Mexia HS, TX) has been very consistent over the past month at multiple Perfect Game events.  He was 91-93 mph at the Sunshine South Showcase and about the same at the PG National Showcase.  The very athletic 5-11, 195 lb Davis started this morning for the SE Texas Sun Devils and not surprisingly is the same....90-92 mph with a good slider. 
Wednesday, July 1
7/2/2009 7:21:59 AM

We've been getting lots of questions about the playoff schedule/format.

There are 32 total pools (each made up of 6 teams) in the Tournament.  The champion of each pool will be the only teams entering the 32 team playoffs.  There will be no wild card teams.  In case of ties at the end of pool play, the standard WWBA tie breaking rules will apply, in order of application:  1)  head to head competition, 2) fewest runs allowed, 3) most runs scored.

The first round of the playoffs will be played (all 16 games) at 7 pm on Saturday.  Sites for each game will be announced as the pairings are made.  First round playoff pairings will pit the following pool champions against each other:  Pool A vs. Pool AA, Pool B vs. Pool BB, C vs. CC, D vs DD, E vs. EE, F vs. FF, G vs. H, I vs. J, K vs. L, M vs. N, etc.

The home team in each playoff game will be determined by coin flip.  There will be no playoff seeding of any type.

The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals will be held on Sunday, with all games being played at the East Cobb Complex and Kell HS.  A complete slate of consolation games will be held on the outlying fields on Sunday.

The semi-finals will be held at the EC Complex at 9 am on Monday, with the Championship Game immediately following. 
7/1/2009 5:49:36 PM

Cincy Flames shortstop Michael Basil (2009, St. Xavier HS, OH) became the first hitter at the 2009 18U National Championship to blast 2 home runs in one game, connecting in both the first and fourth innings of the Flames 8-2 win over the Brookhaven Jays.  Flames CF Rob Nesterhoff was on base both times Basil left the yard.

Basil is a 6-1, 190 lb right handed hitter who has signed to play at Indiana next year.  He was ranked #368 on the final PG Crosschecker rankings for the 2009 class. 
7/1/2009 5:29:45 PM

2009 Aflac All-American Trey Griffin (2010, Heritage HS, GA) is off to one of the hottest starts of any player in the 192 team tournament for the East Cobb Braves.

The 6-4, 200 lb right handed hitter hit a 3-run home run on Tuesday to break up a close game.  Wednesday, Griffin went 2-3 with 2 doubles and another 3 Rbi's in an 8-1 win over the Florida Pokers.

The Braves feature four Aflac All-Americans in their starting line up in Griffin, IF Zach Alvord, CF Chavez Clarke and RHP/3B Stetson Allie. 
7/1/2009 5:21:44 PM

The World Yacht Clippers '10 team has a young LHP who will be getting plenty of attention over the summer from colleges and probably next spring from the scouts.  Ryan Pennell (2010, Rye Neck HS, NY) is a loose and easy 6-4, 185 lb southpaw.  He was outstanding at the PG Sunshine Northeast Showcase last month but was unable to come to the PG National Showcase.

This morning Pennell was 86-89 mph for three innings (6 K's) in a 4-3 win over a veteran Knoxville Yard team.  Pennell threw both a low 70's curveball and a slider that touched 82 mph and both showed hard spin and sharp bite.  He's very projectable and already shows a polished approach to using his stuff.

Another 2010 World Yacht Clippers prospect, SS T.J. Olesczuk (2010, Hendrick Hudson HS, NY) had an outstanding game, going 4-4 with a triple, stolen base and 2 runs scored. 
7/1/2009 5:06:24 PM

The Houston Slam were on the short end of the Tournament's biggest slugfest, losing 16-7 to the Tampa Elite Spartans.  But one of their young players left the biggest impression.

1B Trey Soape (2011, Second Baptist HS, TX) finished the game 2-3 with a home run and a double and 3 runs scored.  The 6-2, 180 lb right handed hitting Soape's home run came off a 88 mph fastball that he drove far over the LF wall at Lassiter High School. 
7/1/2009 4:57:42 PM

Teams facing the ABD Bulldogs (the 2008 WWBA World Champions) will have to deal with Aflac All-Americans in the first 3 spots in the batting order if the Bulldogs bat the same lineup they did on Wednesday.

SS Tony Wolters batted leadoff, CF Austin Wilson batted second and C Stefan Sabol hit third in a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Longhorns.  The trio combined to go 4-6 with 2 walks and a HBP, scoring 5 runs and driving in 3 more.  Sabol led the way with a 3-3 effort that included 2 doubles.

RHP Gabriel Encinas was impressive in the win, striking out 6 hitters in 4 innings with a 86-90 mph fastball and sharp breaking slider. 
7/1/2009 4:19:11 PM

Two of the most experienced teams in the Championship are the Diamond Devils from South Carolina and their close neighbors, the South Charlotte (NC) Panthers.  Both teams are filled with high level DI signees with extensive experience in events of this type.  Both teams have started out the week with 2-0 records.

The Diamond Devils picked up a run rule 12-0 win today over the Mentium Athletics (coached by former ML pitcher Greg McMichael).  LHP Chris Hanna (2010, Strattford HS, SC) threw 3 perfect innings, striking out 7 hitters.  Hanna pitched in the mid 80's with a power curveball and very good command.  Combined with Drew Cisco's 15 K masterpiece yesterday, Diamond Devil starters have thrown 10 innings, allowed 3 hits and struck out 22 in two games.

Diamond Devils EH Brison Celek, a South Carolina signee, hit a 3-run home run to pace the offense.

The Panthers were led today by 2008 Aflac All-American Richie Schaeffer, who hit a 400+ foot home run and later added a double later in a 6-1 win over the Florida Bombers Blue Sox.  Schaeffer reportedly passed on a possible 7-figure signing bonus on draft day to honor his commitment to Clemson. 
7/1/2009 4:01:00 PM

The Akadema Indiana Yankees reached down south to Hiram, Georgia to pull out a player who could be a rarity in this day and age, a hidden player.  Yankees coach Buddy Swift says he understands that 6-4, 220 lb RHP Dalton Accord (2009, Hiram HS, GA) was throwing up to 94-95 mph this spring but went undrafted in June.  He's signed with Middle Georgia JC for 2010.  Accord was 88-93 mph on his fastball in a relief outing for the Yankees on Wednesday, although he ended up the loss in a 7-5 decision to the MGBA Nationals. 
7/1/2009 3:50:31 PM

Scouts and coaches trying to get a read on two top 2010 pitchers were in the right place if they were at Kennessaw Mountain HS at 11:30 am Wednesday.

RHP Colby Sims (2010, Mandarin HS, FL) threw 5 no-hit innings for the Bombers, although he allowed an unearned run in the first inning on a walk, stolen base and infield error.  Sims duplicated his stuff from the PG National, throwing 88-91 mph with very good arm side run.  His upper 70's slider showed sharp action at times and accounted for many of his 6 K's.

RHP Artie Lewicki (2010, St. Joseph's HS, NJ) threw 2 2/3 hitless innings himself but was hurt by erratic control (3 walks, 3 HBP's, 2 WP's) and allowed 2 runs.  The 6-3, 190 lb Lewicki was also 88-91 mph on his fastball and threw a sinking 2-seamer in the 84-87 mph range.  He has some mechanical issues with drifting to deal with but shows hard spin on a mid 70's slurve and some feel for a change up.

The 5-time champion Bombers ran their record to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory. 
7/1/2009 1:51:53 PM

The Minnesota Starz are very familiar to the PG scouts, as they participated in the PG National Invitational Tournament at the Metrodome in Minneapolis prior to the PG National Showcase.

They've brought at least three solid DI type prospects from the 2010 class south to Georgia and all three were on their game in a 2-1 win over the Upstate Mavericks.

C Alex Jurich (2010, St. Thomas Academy, MN) hit a 2-run home run in the first inning to provide both Starz runs and later singled twice.  He also had a 1.97 game throw on a steal attempt.  Jurich is a 6-2, 200 lb right handed hitter.

SS Mark Tatera (2010, Holy Angels HS, MN)was on second base after his 1st inning double to score in front of Jurich's 370+ foot blast and ended up the game 2-4 at the plate.  He's a versatile defender who can also catch and is an outstanding student who is getting attention from Ivy League schools.

RHP Thomas Larson (2010, Prior Lake HS, MN) threw a complete game 4-hitter for the Starz.  He shows a smooth, repeatable delivery with very good arm side run on a 85-87 mph fastball.  He also throws a mid 70's curveball and 77 mph change up. 
7/1/2009 1:23:26 PM

This must be the day for 2012 pitchers (remember, this is the 18U Championships, not the 16U).

The Carolina Cubs started 2012 RHP Jonathan Aparicio (East Wake HS, Wendell, NC) in their game against Team Connecticut.  Aparicio went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 4 hitters.  The 6-3, 170 lb 15 year old was 85-88 mph on his fastball with a whippy, loose arm.  His curveball was in the mid 70's and he had a good feel for throwing it for strikes.  Carolina Cubs coach Ricky Keith says that Aparicio is a very good athlete who can swing the bat as well.  Aparicio will also be playing for the Cubs at the 16U Championships the 14th thru the 20th. 
7/1/2009 12:07:57 PM

By the time LHP Matt Crownover graduates from Ringgold HS, Georgia in 2012, it will only seem like we've seen him pitch forever.  Actually it will only be 6 years, as Crownover, a freshman, started pitching for the Astros when he was  in 7th grade.

Today was almost a typical Crownover performance, as he faced the minimum 15 hitters in a run rule 11-0 East Cobb Astros victory over Bullet Baseball.  Crownover allow a hit and 2 walks but picked off two runners and saw another runner erased on a double play.  Crownover has very good control over a mid 80's fastball, a 70 mph curveball and 73 mph change up and pitches with a veteran's savy. 
7/1/2009 11:01:25 AM

San Diego Show RHP Justin Bellez was the Los Angeles Angels 38th round draft choice in June out of Mira Mesa HS in San Diego.  He didn't come on for scouts as much as they had anticipated, throwing mostly in the 88-90 mph range.  His draft slot indicates that he will likely fulfill his commitment to San Diego State.

The Angels might want to keep their eye closely on Bellez, though.  The 6-2, 190 lb righty is throwing up to 94 mph this morning in the Show's game against the Competitive Edge Dodgers. 
7/1/2009 10:53:46 AM

LHP Thomas Dorminy (2010, Alonso HS, FL) is pitching at 89-90 mph early in the 11:30 game between the Tampa Elite Spartans and the Houston Slam.  He is also throwing a sharp downer CB with good hard spin.  The 6-0, 200 lb Dorminy has a verbal commitment to U. South Florida. 
7/1/2009 10:36:29 AM

The Richmond Braves 2010 team (they also have a 2009 team in Marietta) has got off to a very strong start at the 18U, which bodes well for their chances in next week's 17U National Championship. 

RHP Tyler Skulina was the scouting star of the Braves 10-0 win over Grand Slam USA Wednesday morning, throwing 92-94 mph with a hard breaking 77 mph slurve.  Skulina is a 6-6, 235 lb 2010 prospect from Walsh Jesuit HS in Strongsville, Ohio.

Other early standouts on the Braves '10 include C Pat Harrington, OF Mitchell Shifflet, 1B Austin Young and OF Eric Mayers. 
7/1/2009 9:33:35 AM

Two 2009 right handed pitchers, one of whom wasn't even drafted, were among the most impressive pitchers to throw yesterday.

RHP Damian Magnifico (North Mesquite HS, TX) was the fifth round pick of the New York Mets.  Pitching for the Texas Dukes, Magnifico threw 3 innings, allowing 2 runs, mostly due to the 5 walks he issued.  What was impressive was his raw arm strength, as he showed a consistent plus fastball that touched 96 mph.  Much like his scouting report from the spring, Magnifico's curveball and command was inconsistent to non-existent at times, but there was no mistaking the arm strength.

More of a surprise was the performance of San Diego Show RHP Ryan Wilkins, an undrafted (and thus current free agent) out of Cathedral HS in San Diego.  The 6-1, 195 lb Wilkins threw 4 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5.  He sat between 89 and 91 mph on his fastball and showed a very hard and late breaking upper 70's curveball.  Wilkins has signed with San Diego State. 
7/1/2009 8:57:12 AM

There have been three schedule changes affecting games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Each is thre result of a previously forfeited game that has made a field/game slot at or close to the EC Complex available.  It's the tournament staff's desire to play as many games as possible on the primary fields.

The following games have been rescheduled:

THURSDAY, GAME 206, ABD California vs. Rockdale Rhinos.  Will now be played in game #219's slot, 11:30 am at Kell HS.

FRIDAY, GAME 303, Edge Baseball vs. Georgia Trojans.  Will now be played in game #320's slot, 11:30 am at Dominion Christian School

SATURDAY, GAME 403, East Cobb Angels vs. Team Connecticut Blue Jays.  Will now be played in game #395's slot, 9:00 am at Kennesaw Mountain HS


 
7/1/2009 8:33:18 AM

The 2009 Aflac All-American Team, as selected by Perfect Game, was announced yesterday.  The 40 high school players from around the country, divided into East and West teams, will play at the San Diego Padres Petco Park on August 16th.  The game will be nationally televised on the FOX Sports Network.

For the complete rosters and background on the Aflac All-American Game, follow this link:

http://www.aflac.com/us/en/aboutaflac/PressReleaseStory.aspx?rid=1303593 
Tuesday, June 30
6/30/2009 7:53:17 PM

Put RHP Austin Herzog on the 2010 prospect list.  The 6-3, 200 lb Herzog (2010, Hillside Christian HS, MS)  threw 4 shutout innings (6 K's) in the Mississippi Worth Bandits 7-0 win over the East Cobb Indians.  Herzog threw a heavy 90 mph fastball and mixed in a polished 74 mph change up and a big breaking curveball. 
6/30/2009 7:48:38 PM

Diamond Devils RHP Drew Cisco (2010, Wando HS, SC) has been pitching in WWBA summer National Championships for three three years but he might not have thrown a better game than he did Tuesday night.  The Diamond Devils needed Cisco's effort in a 2-0 win over the Puerto Rico Giants.  Cisco threw a complete game 3-hitter, striking out 15 hitters without walking a hitter.  He was steady 89-91 mph on his fastball, topping out at 92, while showing a mid 70's curveball with good shape and depth. 
6/30/2009 7:36:27 PM

Michigan Bulls RHP Joe Battisteili (2010, Allen Park HS, MI) had to settle for a 7 inning 1-hit shutout in the Bulls 7-0 win over the Texas Sports Red.  Battisteili struck out 10 hitters using a mid 80's fastball and 73 mph curveball. 
6/30/2009 7:29:59 PM

Team Connecticut Baseball Blue Jays picked the right player to hit leadoff in their 8-7 win over the ABD Bulldogs Navy.  DH/SS Johnny Pritts (2010, Trumbull, CT) led off three different innings, twice with walks and once with a double, plus added another single in the middle of an inning.  Pritts scored all four times he reached base, the first player in the Tournament to achieve that feat. 
6/30/2009 7:23:57 PM

Stars Baseball 2009 LHP Patrick Gamblin turned in one of the more unique pitching lines of any tournament in the Stars 2-0 win over the Houston Slam.  You might say he was unhittable in his 4 2/3 innings of work.  Gamblin used a 86-88 mph fastball and a big, slow curveball while facing 20 hitters. 13 of those hitters struck out, but 7 of them walked.  A couple of hitters were thrown out on the bases and one reached on a wild pitch on a third strike.  RHP Aaron Lewis finished up a 1-hit shutout with 2 1/3 additional innings, striking out 5. 
6/30/2009 7:14:15 PM

The Georgia Knights hit three home runs to account for 5 of the team's 6 runs in a 6-2 win over the South Florida Bandits National.  CF Derrick Workman (2010, Dominion Christian HS, GA) hit a 3-run shot in the bottom of the first and EH Brad Fieger went followed with a solo shot.  SS Reid Schneider (2010, Dominion Christian HS, GA) added a solo shot in the fifth inning.  LHP England Smith (2010, Battle Ground Academy, TN) went the distance for the Knights, scattering 6 hits while striking out 12 hitters.  Smith topped out at 87 mph with a big sweeping CB. 
6/30/2009 7:04:38 PM

RHP Boomer Scarborough has a big league name and some pro level stuff.  The 6-2, 235 2010 prospect from St. Stanislaus HS in Pass Christian, MS, threw 6 1/3 innings in Knights 3-2 loss to the L.E.A.D Ambassadors, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs and striking out 8.  Scarborough was 87-91 mph on his fastball and threw both a mid 70's curveball and a mid 80's slider.  He showed the ability to mix up his pitches and throw to spots. 
6/30/2009 6:53:54 PM

Sometimes you don't have to do much in the performance category to impress the scouts.  The Rockdale Rhino's CF Cameron Gibson (2011, Salem HS, GA) hits third in the Rhino's line up on a team of 2009/2010 players as a sophomore.  He went 0-3 in the Rhino's 4-0 win over the East Cobb Titans but his PG scout notes read "Plus bat speed, Very good body.  Good range and plus reads in CF, smooth defensively.  Has an idea at the plate." 
6/30/2009 6:46:49 PM

Tampa Elite Spartans SS Eric Gutierrez (2010, Leto HS, FL) hit in the leadoff spot in the Tuesday morning game but it might be an idea to move him down to the middle of the order.  Gutierrez slammed two home runs, a 3 run shot in the second inning and a 2 run shot in the third inning, then added another Rbi later in the third on a bases loaded HBP.  Tampa Elite won 15-3 over the Orlando Scorpions Grey. 
6/30/2009 6:35:13 PM

The East Cobb Braves, one of the pre-tournament favorites, only held a 3-2 lead over Next Level Baseball after 3 innings.  They quickly put the game out of reach within a span of three hitters when 2B Zach Alvord (2010, South Forsyth HS, GA) hit a 3-run home run and RF Trey Griffin follow two hitters later with a 2-run shot of his own.  Alvord and Griffin were two of the standouts at the recent Perfect Game National Showcase. 
6/30/2009 6:16:24 PM

Long Island Titans OF/DH Frank Soler (2010, Chaminade HS, NY) registered the Tournament's first four hit game, going a perfect 4-4 hitting out of the second hole in the Titans 5-4 win over the East Cobb Dynasty.  Soler scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th on a single by C/LF Kyle Ambury (2010, Wantagh HS, NY).   
6/30/2009 6:09:24 PM

RHP Justin McCalvin (2010, Lee County HS, GA) went the first 5 2/3 innings in the Blue Jays 7-0 win over the Florida Bulldogs, striking out 10 while only allowing 1 hit.  McCalvin sat and 86 mph and was aggressive in spotting his fastball on the corners.  He was relieved by 6-3, 190 lb RHP Demondre Arnold (2010, Creekside HS, GA), who struck out a couple more hitters while sitting at 87-88 mph with a very sharp 77 mph slider. 
6/30/2009 4:49:12 PM

East Cobb Yankees catcher Zane Evans (2010, Roswell HS, GA) is 3-3 with 2 doubles and 7 Rbi's thus far in the Yankees 4:30 game vs. the Big Hitter Diamond Stars.  East Cobb is currently leading 14-0. 
6/30/2009 4:46:33 PM

Summaries ("wraps" as we call them) of each and every game played at the WWBA 18U National Championship (all 480 of the pool play games, plus all the playoff and consulation games) will be posted on the WWBA website in as timely of fashion as possible.

Sample Wrap from Game 1:

WP: Cole Brand (CC)     5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 K, 3 BB
LP: Josh Fein (PL)         5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 K, 6 BB

LF Jamie Harper (CC) 1-2, 1 2B; SS Robert Jernigan (PL) 1-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; 2B Kris Matsoukas (PL) 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; C Logan Fiasco (PL) 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI; CF Tad Reynolds (LP) 2-2, 1 3B, 3 RBI

One of the challenges of doing the wraps is that they are all done from one central location, the tower at the East Cobb Complex.  The games, however, are played at 20 different locations (19 outlying fields, plus the 4 fields at the EC Complex/Kell HS).  Collecting the score sheets from all those different fields is a logistic exercise given the distances and the Atlanta area traffic patterns.  Although the scores of each game are immediately called in and posted when a game ends, the scoresheets from a game may not make it back to the Complex until the end of the day depending on the field's location and the game time.

So thank you for your patience in waiting for games to be posted!
 
6/30/2009 4:29:00 PM

RHP Josh Pape (2009, Luella HS, GA) threw a complete game 3-hit shutout in the OTC Bearcats 4-0 victory over the Massachusetts Pride.  Pape pitched in the 83-85 mph range with a very good hard curveball in the lower 70's.  He struck out 6 hitters while only walking 1. 
6/30/2009 4:20:54 PM

RHP Cam Bedrosian (2010, East Coweta HS, GA), son of former ML pitcher Steve Bedrosian, is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the 2010 class.  We've been told that he touched 96 mph last week.  He threw a tune up inning at the tail end of the Home Plate Chilidogs 11-1 victory over the MGBA Nationals, pitching between 90-94 while striking out 2 hitters. 
6/30/2009 4:04:44 PM

There is an error on the printed schedules for Game 280 (Thursday, 4:30 at Southern Poly).  It shows that the San Diego Show are playing against themselves.  The proper schedule, which is listed on the WWBA website, shows that the Show are playing Team Georgia.  Team Georgia is the home team. 
6/30/2009 4:00:28 PM

Three of the top East Cobb teams all played in the 4:30 time slot and all started top level right handed pitchers.

East Cobb Astros:  Kaleb Cowart (2010, Cook County HS, GA) started off throwing 90-93 against Triple Threat Baseball Academy
East Cobb Braves:  Ralston Cash (2010, Lakeview Academy, GA) was solid at 90 mph in the first inning against Next Level Baseball with a sharp 78 mph CB.
East Cobb Yankees:  Ben McKinney (2009, Science Hill HS, TN) was 88-91 mph early against Big Hitter Diamond Stars.

 
6/30/2009 3:47:04 PM

The Braves Scout Team won their first game 10-3 over the Florida Stars Grey.  The Braves scouting department has a completely unique approach to putting together a team for this event.  While the old rules following drafting and following players have made that draft process extinct for the most part, the Braves have continued the process in modified form. 

The Braves draft a group of high school players with the idea of following them during the summer and continuing their evaluations.  A major part of that evaluation is putting them together as many of those drafts as possible on one team at this event.

There are 13 Braves 2009 drafts on the Braves scout team, which is coached by Braves scouts Manny Vega and former Major Leaguer Brian Hunter and organized by Braves scout/former PG staff member Tom Battista.

Ironically, it was two non-drafted players that hit home runs for the Braves, 2B Albert Alvarez (2009, Cofa HS, AZ) drove in 4 runs with a double and 2 run homer and SS Tony Calhoun (2009, Temecula Valley, CA) also added a 2 run shot.  34th round pick CF Arby Fields went 3-4 with a double.  RHP Casey Upperman, a 24th round pick (Notre Dame HS, AZ) threw 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run while pitching in the 89-91 mph range.

 
6/30/2009 3:24:12 PM

The defending champion Florida Bombers almost found themselves behind the 8 ball early in their attempt to repeat.  Despite 6 no-hit innings from RHP Ben Lively (see previouis blog), the Bombers found themselves down 1-0 going into the bottom of the 7th to the Baseball Mentoring Program Black team.  The Bombers managed to score 2 runs to get the win, though, with the winning run scoring on a hit by OF Zeke DeVoss (2009, Astronaut HS, FL). 
6/30/2009 2:28:53 PM

RHP Andrew Smith (2010, Roswell HS, GA) turned in a tune up inning at the end of 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy's 11-0 win over the East Cobb Rebels and it was an impressive one.  The 6-2, 190 lb Smith was 90-93 mph and struck out all three hitters he faced.  The performance duplicated his efforts at the 2009 PG National Showcase, where Smith also pitched in the 90-93 mph area with a nice curveball and plus command potential. 
6/30/2009 1:59:22 PM

OF Frankie Christian (2010, Upland HS, CA) pounded the ball during games at the PG National Showcase a couple of weeks ago in Minneapolis.  He brought his hot bat down south to Georgia, apparently.  The left handed hitting Christian has driven two balls into the right field corner on East Cobb field #3, with a double and triple to show for it.  He's driven in 4 runs already by the 3rd inning and has thrown in a steam of home as well.  ABD leads the Florida Bomber Braves 10-0. 
6/30/2009 1:43:32 PM

LHP Zach Dotson of the Southeastern Athletics (2009, Effingham County HS, GA) was the 13th round draft choice of the Mets three weeks ago.  Today he's throwing for the Southeastern Athletics at the 18U WWBA National Championships.  Based on the way he threw early this afternoon, the Mets are going to have to get serious about him.  The 6-3, 190 southpaw was 90-92 for 3 near perfect innings, allowing only one hit while striking out 6.  Not only did he flash a plus fastball, it had excellent late life at the plate as well. 
6/30/2009 1:33:56 PM

Ben Lively is a 6-4, 180 lb right hander from the 2010 class (Gulf Breeze HS, FL) with a long, loose projectable body.  He's pitching for the defending champion Florida Bombers in their opening game against Baseball Mentoring Program Black.  Lively has been pitching in the upper 80's and commanding the strike zone. 
6/30/2009 12:29:05 PM

One swing can change a game.  5-8.140 lb 3B Ellison Fitchpatrick (2009, Farragut  HS, TN) took that one swing in the Knoxville Yard's 3-2 win over the Houston Banditos, driving a 3 run home run in the 4th inning to account for all the Yard's runs. 
6/30/2009 11:34:04 AM

A second team in the 192 team field will not be playing this week.  The Pasadena Texans in Pool Q did not make the trip from Texas and their scheduled games will be recorded as forfeits.  Questions from teams in Pool Q should be directed to the PG Staff.  Pasadena was scheduled to play the 2:00 pm game today at Campbell HS vs the Ohio Warhawks. 
6/30/2009 10:51:07 AM

Early in the 11:30 am game at Chatahoochie HS between Team Connecticut and the Palm Beach Clippers, Team Connecticut RHP Devin Burke has been consistently 90-93 mph and pounding the strike zone.  Burke, a 2009 grad from Darien, CT, has signed with Duke. 
6/30/2009 10:37:04 AM

Jacksonville Warriors CF Chris Carter (2009, Stanton HS, FL) led the Warriors to a 10-1 win over Grand Slam USA on both sides of the ball.  He finished 3-3 with 2 runs scored at the plate, while making a "Web Gem" catch in the OF. 
6/30/2009 10:23:07 AM

World of Baseball Angels SS Evan Smith (2010, Fleming Island HS, FL) hit the event's first Grand Slam, connecting as part of the Angels 9-run 6th inning against the Mentium Athletics.  The Angels ended up winning 13-0.  RHP Ryan Hayes (2010, Eagle View Academy, FL) threw a complete game shutout, striking out 10 while allowing only 4 hits. 
6/30/2009 10:12:42 AM

The Pensacola Longhorns used a 8 run sixth inning to defeat the Chattanooga Cyclones 12-3 in the first game on the main East Cobb field.  CF Tad Reynolds, C Logan Fiasco and SS Robbie Jerrnigan all drove in 3 runs for the Longhorns. 
6/30/2009 10:07:12 AM

LHP Brandon Crigger threw a complete game 2-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts to lead the Canes to a 2-0 win over the Burkburnett Black Sox.  Crigger (2009, Calvert HS, MD) carried a no-hitter into the 5th inning.  CF'er Edgerton (2009, Aycock HS, NC) hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning to provide the Canes runs. 
6/30/2009 9:48:34 AM

Lake Area Dodgers LHP Justin Hager (2009, Grand Blanc HS, Swartz Creek, MI) struck out 14 hitters in Lake Area's 2-1 win over the Dallas Panthers. 
6/30/2009 9:43:46 AM

West Florida Young Guns LHP Daniel Gibson was sharp in the West Florida 8-0 win over the Colorado Slammers.  Gibson threw 3 no-hit innings, striking out 6 while working at 88 mph with his fastball and throwing a sharp curveball.  Gibson is a 6-1, 190 lb 2010 grad from Tampa Jesuit HS. 
6/30/2009 9:38:52 AM

1B Austin Young and C Matt Harrington led the Richmond Braves to a 10-0 win over the Update Mavericks.  Both players went 3-3, with Young hitting a home run and Harrington driving in 3 runs.  Both players are 2010 prospects.  Harrington (Kellem HS, Virginia Beach, VA) was a standout at the PG National Showcase, while Young (Atlee HS, Mechanicsville, VA) is a big 6-4, 235 lb power hitter. 
6/30/2009 7:10:06 AM

The Glendora Gators (New Jersey) have dropped out of the 18U Championships, reportedly due to a car accident while traveling down to Marietta.  The PG staff is in the process of contacting local teams off a waiting list to take the Gators place in Pool D.  The 9 am Pool D game vs. Cape Coast Canes has been postponed.  Other teams in Pool D will be contacted by the PG staff when updated Pool D schedule information is available.