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2009 WWBA 2011 Grads or 16u National Championship



2009 WWBA 16U National Championship

 



Monday, July 20
7/20/2009 12:46:54 PM

Dillon Maples enters his 7th inning of work looking to secure both the win and his no-hitter. A flyout to first starts the inning and Maples continues to keep his fastball velocity in the upper 80s. Maples notches his 9th K on another running fastball away from a lefthanded hitter and is now only one out away. Two quick strikes and now it is only one pitch away from being final. Maples closes out the win with another strikeout brining his total to 10 for the game. He finished with 7IP 0R 0H 3BB 2HP in a masterful effort for the win. Congrats to the 2009 16U WWBA National Champion: Canes North 16's!  
7/20/2009 12:39:25 PM

Mitchell Peterson returns for his third inning of work, and surrenders a leadoff single to 1B Curt Britt (2012, Scottland HS, NC), and a walk to Grayson Atwood. A sacrifice by Nick Thompson moves both runners into scoring position with only one out. A sac-fly by Jordan Ramsey (2011, North Davidson HS, NC) plates the runner from third base making it a 5-0 lead for the Canes with two outs. A double to deep center by Jordan Boze (2011, Lee-Davis HS, VA) extends the lead to 6-0 for the Canes. A groundout to 3rd ends the inning and we move to the top half of the 7th. 
7/20/2009 12:30:45 PM

Dillon Maples takes both the lead and his no hitter into the 6th inning, and has issued his third free pass to Sam Bass of the Mustangs, and then lost control of a fastball that hit Trent Higginbothem who has now reached three times, with a walk and two hit by pitches. Maples broke off a knee buckling breaking ball to pinch hitter Trevor Carnahan for his first out of the inning, and now faces Brandon Horn with one out and runners on first and second. An incredible defensive play by Canes 3B Grayson Atwood who makes a diving backhanded stop then completes the double play by tagging third and throwing out the hitter at first. His play not only saved the no hitter, but it also saved at least one run as he took away a sure fire double with his diving stop.      
7/20/2009 12:21:07 PM

Mitchell Peterson begins his second inning with a flyout to second off the bat of Josh Tobias. Peterson has been working a 75-77mph fastball with a 67-69mph change and 65mph curve to keep the Canes hitters off balance. Peterson got fly outs to left and then right to end the inning. All of his outs have been recorded in the air as he seems to be getting the Canes to swing under his fastball when he works it up in the zone. After five complete it is 4-0 Canes.  
7/20/2009 12:14:01 PM

Dillon Maples begins his fifth inning of work for the Canes looking to keep putting up zeroes on the scoreboard. The late movement on Maples fastball has really made the Mustang hitters job difficult today as he continues to rack up ground ball outs and strikeouts. With two quick groundouts Maples surrendered his second walk, but came right back with his 7th strikeout on a vicious breaking ball to end the inning. Through 4 and a half scoreless innings it is time to mention that Maples is yet to allow a hit thus far...     
7/20/2009 12:05:15 PM

    Brandon Tyler begins his second inning of relief with a routine ground out to shortstop. He has been throwing his fastball with some cutting action to righties. His fastball has been consistently 80-83mph. Canes 3B Grayson Atwood (2011, Mt. Pleasant HS, NC) drew a walk, and so did DH Nick Thompson, causing the Mustangs to make another pitching change. RHP Mitchell Peterson (2011, South Walton HS, FL) is the new pitcher who inherits runners on first and second with one out. After a flyout made the second out, Cameron Capell (2011, Kerr-Vance Academy, NC) squared up a breaking ball and hit a sharp line drive two RBI single to right field and then advanced on the throw. Peterson induced a ground out to end the inning, the Canes now lead 4-0 after four complete.  
7/20/2009 11:53:36 AM

    Dillon Maples opened the inning with a couple of wicked, tight curve balls but lost the handle on a fastball and hit Trent Higginbothem. Trent advanced on a wild pitch by Maples putting a runner in scoring position with no outs as the Mustangs look to scratch at least one run across this inning. Maples recorded a strikeout and then got a grounder to second base to get to two outs with the runner now advanced to 3rd on the ground out. Maples struggled with control briefly earlier this inning, but appears to have corrected it as he is back to throwing pounding the lower part of the strike zone. Maples recorded his 6th strikeout on another very good breaking ball which has been a nasty pitch all day espescially against right handed batters. 
7/20/2009 11:38:07 AM

Gabe Hunter notched his second strikeout of the game against opposing pitcher Dillon Maples. Josh Tobias reached base for a second time by displaying very quick wrists on a single laced right over 3B. Tobias advanced to second on a stolen base, making him 1-2 on stolen base attempts so far in this game. Hunter has shown good pitching instincts, battling back in several counts where he has gotten behind hitters. Tobias swiped 3rd for his second stolen base of the inning, better make that 2-3 on attempts! When Tobias gets a good lead he is so quick that the stolen base appears easy.

After walking Jake Cave, the Mustangs have made the decision to relieve starter Gabe Hunter and replace him with RHP Brandon Tyler (2011, Pace HS, FL). Taylor has come into a very tough spot with runners on the corners, only one out and facing the heart of the Canes' order. Cave swiped second base to put both runners in scoring position, and with first base open, the Mustangs opted to pitch around Kyle Martin and face cleanup hitter Luke Dunlap with the bases loaded. Tyler notched a clutch strikeout looking against Dunlap and Tobias got caught trying to steal home to end the threat without any runs scored.  
7/20/2009 11:21:51 AM

Dillon Maples failed to record a strikeout, but still posted a scoreless 1-2-3 top of the third. One flyout and two groundouts sent the Mustangs back to the field for the bottom half of the inning. Maples continues to hit 90 and 91MPH consistently and his fastball is showing lots of late life with good movement to his armside. His performance has been excellent thus far as he has quieted what had been a red hot Florida Mustang offense.       
7/20/2009 11:17:16 AM

Gabe Hunter rebounded nicely in his second inning of work, keeping his 81-83mph fastball low in the strike zone, and working in a nice change up in the upper 60s to induce two groundouts. Hunter recorded his first strikeout of the game for the first out of what proved to be a very quick inning.     
7/20/2009 11:13:09 AM

The top of the second passed very quickly as the only player to reach base against Maples was on a passed ball on a swinging strike three. Maples recovered with a ground ball to third to end the inning. Maples continues to throw in the 88-92mph range on his fastball, and his curve has been practically unhittable so far as Maples' strikeout total is already at four.     
7/20/2009 11:08:10 AM

Florida Mustangs RHP Gabe Hunter (2012, Crestview HS, FL looks to hold serve here in the bottom of the first against a potent Canes North lineup. Leadoff hitter Josh Tobias (2011, SE Guilford HS, SC) showed his patience at the dish as he work the count full before drawing a walk. Hunter got the groundball he needed against Jake Cave (2011, Hampton Christian, VA) but the Mustangs narrowly missed turning the double play. Cave was caught stealing on the very next pitch on a great throw by catcher Brandon Horn (2011, Fort Walton Beach HS, FL). The Canes bats started to wake up with a single by EH Kyle Martin (2011, Wade Hampton HS, SC) and then cashed in on a HR to left center by CF Luke Dunlap ( 2011, East Forsyth HS, NC). Hunter allowed another hit but then a flyout ended the inning. After one complete it's 2-0 Canes.      
7/20/2009 10:53:05 AM

RHP Dillon Maples (2011, Pinecrest HS, NC) started off the inning in a groove getting a routine groundout to SS Landon Lassiter(2012, North Davidson HS, NC) and then getting a strikeout looking against Florida Mustang 2B Sam Bass (2011, Crestview HS, FL). Already Dillon Maples has flashed a 92mph fastball, which he has kept down in the zone and worked to both sides of the plate. After a walk to Mustangs 3B Trent Higginbothem (2011, Pace HS, FL) Maples notched his second strikeout to complete a scoreless top of the first.    
7/20/2009 10:37:19 AM

The No. 12 seed Canes North 16's and the No. 23 seed Florida Mustangs face off at high noon today on Field 1 for the WWBA 16U National Championship crown.

PG Crosschecker will post inning-by-inning blog updates throughout the game. Keep checking for new posts and highlights.

There will also be photos of the two third-place teams as well as the championship team, runner-up, and the tournament MVP and most-valuable pitcher.
 
7/20/2009 10:28:00 AM

The No. 12 seed Canes North 16's needed a tie breaker this morning to defeat the No. 16 seed Carolina Cyclones on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex, 4-3.

Canes RF Jake Cave hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win.

At the end of the seven-inning regulation, Carolina and the Canes stood locked in a 1-1 tie. Carolina scored two runs to open the extra tie-breaker inning. Cyclones SS Joey Pancake brought in one run on a sacrifice bunt while 1B Bo Thompson had a two-out RBI walk.

However in the home half of the inning, Canes C Cameron Capell hit a lead-off single to bring home two runs and tie the score, 3-3. Then, after a fielding miscue put 2B Josch Tobias on base, Cave came through, stick out his bat to hit a long fly ball in right field.
 
7/20/2009 10:05:30 AM

The No. 23-seeded Florida Mustangs shutout the No. 11 seed Long Island Titans this morning on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex, winning 9-0 to advance to the WWBA 16U National Championship finals.

Mustangs RF Logan Hill ended the game abruptly, launching a two-out walk-off Grand Slam to center field in the bottom of the fifth to seal the victory. Hill went 1-for-3, his only hit being the most important.

RHP Nick Junger also tallied a home run of his own in the fifth to extend the Mustangs' lead. On the mound, Junger went five innings and allowed just two hits — both singles — while striking out four Titan hitters. He also touched 85 mph and had a good 11-5 breaking curve for an out pitch.


 
Sunday, July 19
7/19/2009 8:16:52 PM

Josh Tobias (2011) led off the Canes half of the first inning with a home run.  He also had a 2 RBI sinlge in the 4th to put the Canes up for good.  He showed quick hands at the plate and good bat speed.  Kyle Martin (2011) also had 2 doubles and a run for the Canes. 

Dillon Maples (2011) came in to get the final out for the Canes North.  He was 90-92 mph with a long fast arm action.  Curt Britt (2012) is a big tall kid who pitched at 86-89 for 3 innings in relief.  He allowed 3 hits and 1 run with 4 strikeouts. 

Hommy Rosado (2011) had a big game for SE Texas Sundevils going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, 3 RBI, and 2 runs.  He has very good bat speed with good pop.
 
7/19/2009 8:09:06 PM

In quarterfinal action the Carolina Cyclones are leading the Carolina Cubs 11 to 1 in the top of the fourth.
 
7/19/2009 7:58:08 PM

Daniel Gossett (RHP, 2011, James F. Byrnes HS) started the game on the mound for the Canes. He has a great FB already in his young frame and topped at 87 and stayed consistently in the mid-80's and commanded his 12/6 CB well.

Jake Cave (RF/LHP, 2011, Hampton Christian HS) carried the Canes at the plate as he went 2-for-2 in 3 plate appearances. He added an RBI 2B, a SB, and scored 2 runs.  
7/19/2009 7:53:01 PM

Jake Wolff (2011 Walhalla H.S., SC) of the Carolina Cyclones threw a 6 inning 7 hit shutout to beat Team Alabama this mourning. Wolff touched 85 MPH and was consistantly between 82-84 MPH. He kept the young Alabama hitters off balance by using great command of his fastball.

Wolff didn't do it all himself though getting help from both Short Stop Joey Pankake (2011 Easley H.S., SC) and Right Fielder Hunter Cole (2011 Dorman H.S., SC). Hunter was 2-4 with 2 Doubles and 2RBI's. Not to be out down Joey Pankake went 2-4 with 2 Doubles, 3 runs scored, and 2RBI's.  
7/19/2009 7:51:32 PM

The Long Island Titans defeated the last of the top four seeded teams when they knocked the South Oakland A's out in the quarterfinals. The Titans raced out to fast start plating three first inning runs, but a homer by Bobby Pardun (2010, Troy HS, MI) evened the score at 3-3. Joey Tracy (2011, St. Mary's HS, NY) hit a one out double, and came around to score his second run of the game, which proved to be the winning run. The Titans offense continued to roll as they scored two more runs in the final inning to win 6-3. The Titans advanced into the final four with the victory and will play the Florida Mustangs tomorrow morning for a spot in the Finals.
 
7/19/2009 7:45:58 PM

Chaz Meadows (2011) pitched a complete game shutout to advance the EJ Sports Titans to the second round of the playoffs.  The right hander pitched at 82-84 mph while touching 85.  He allowed 6 hits and had 8 strikeouts.  Meadows challenged hitters with his fastball and attacks the strike zone.  He mixed in his offspeed stuff well and threw 3 pitches for strikes. 

Ryan Drobny (2011) had  a big day for the Titans going 2-3 with 2 doubles, run, and 2 RBI.  He stays inside the ball well and has good bat speed.  He also showed good pop at the plate.  Casey Levy (2011) also had a good day at the plate going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run, and 3 RBI.  He showed good pop and keeps the barrell in the zone a long time. 


 
7/19/2009 7:43:12 PM

Today, in a 2nd round playoff game against the Dirtbags 16's Mike Dollaff pitched a complete game shutout and A.J. Dokey went 3-for-3 with 3 2B as the South Oakland A's made their way into the quarterfinal round.

Dokey (SS, 2010, Brighton HS) also scored 3 times and added an RBI. He showed an easy gap-to-gap stroke.

Dollaff (RHP, 2011, Davison HS) scattered 3 hits over 7 innings and added 6 K's. He has a good pitcher's frame and throws from a 3/4 slot that gives his mid-80's FB some arm side run. He throws downhill and gets alot of groundballs. 
7/19/2009 7:43:12 PM

Today, in a 2nd round playoff game against the Dirtbags 16's Mike Dollaff pitched a complete game shutout and A.J. Dokey went 3-for-3 with 3 2B as the South Oakland A's made their way into the quarterfinal round.

Dokey (SS, 2010, Brighton HS) also scored 3 times and added an RBI. He showed an easy gap-to-gap stroke.

Dollaff (RHP, 2011, Davison HS) scattered 3 hits over 7 innings and added 6 K's. He has a good pitcher's frame and throws from a 3/4 slot that gives his mid-80's FB some arm side run. He throws downhill and gets alot of groundballs. 
7/19/2009 7:43:12 PM

Today, in a 2nd round playoff game against the Dirtbags 16's Mike Dollaff pitched a complete game shutout and A.J. Dokey went 3-for-3 with 3 2B as the South Oakland A's made their way into the quarterfinal round.

Dokey (SS, 2010, Brighton HS) also scored 3 times and added an RBI. He showed an easy gap-to-gap stroke.

Dollaff (RHP, 2011, Davison HS) scattered 3 hits over 7 innings and added 6 K's. He has a good pitcher's frame and throws from a 3/4 slot that gives his mid-80's FB some arm side run. He throws downhill and gets alot of groundballs. 
7/19/2009 7:39:28 PM

Eric Nyquist of Team Georgia threw a complete game 2 hitter this mourning in the opening round of the playoffs. Nyquist threw 7 innings and allowed 1 run on 2 hits, touching 85 MPH. Nyquist wasn't afraid to challenge the Richmond Braves '11s on the inner half. He also had great command of his fastball which was sitting between 80 to 84 MPH. 

Helping out Nyquist was Center Fielder Tyler Slaton by hitting a Walk Off Grand Slam with 2 outs.  
7/19/2009 7:38:46 PM

In the first round playoff game between the Centex Buzz and the Florida Baseball Academy everything appeared to be headed towards an extra-inning tiebreaker finish. However with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, catcher Joseph Olsen (2011, Robinson HS, TX) delivered arguably the most clutch hit of the entire tournament when he crushed a walk-off homer to left field. His home run gave reliever Matthew Kent (2011, Midway HS, TX) who worked 1.1 scoreless innings the win and sent Florida Baseball Academy starter Jarred Smith (2011, Frostproof Middle, FL) to the loss.     
 
7/19/2009 7:35:17 PM

Jake McWhirter (2010) pitched a complete game 4 hitter to advance the Alabama Heat to the second round of the playoffs.  The left-hander pitched at 80-86 mph and touched 87.  He allowed 1 run and struck out 11.  He works quick on the mound and showed good mound presence. 

Cleanup hitter Anthony Rapiere went 2-4 at the plate with a double and a run.  He has a good strong body and showed good power at the plate.  Nathan Brock went 2-3 with 2 runs.  He has a good strong body with good bat control and goes the other way well. 
 
7/19/2009 7:33:46 PM

The No. 24 seed Florida Mustangs are the first team to make it into Monday's semifinals, beating Team Georgia this evening, 9-6, on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex.

Mustangs 3B Trent Higginbothem went 2-for-3 with a single and a 3-RBI double. He showed a quiet approach and got good wood on the ball during his at-bats.
 
7/19/2009 7:27:55 PM

Carolina Cubs P John Allen pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout this afternoon at Kell HS to defeat the Alabame Heat, 5-0.

Allen mixed his pitches well, throughing a 68-mph curve, a 72-mph change, and a fastball that sat between 78-81.

The Cubs also had some offense going. SS Luis Renvill and 1B Justin Manning both went 2-for-3 with two singles while 2B Tommy Houmard and RF Jay Aparico went 2-for-2.
 
7/19/2009 7:21:28 PM

RHP Anthony Gratto and RHP Christian Santo combined for a one-hit shutout this afternoon against the Centex buzz to jump one game closer to the WWBA 16U national title.

Gratto opened the first inning, tallying three strikeouts and topping out at 87 mph. Santo pitched the next three innings, allowing one hit — a two-out single in the fourth.
 
7/19/2009 7:16:28 PM

EJ Sports Titans RHP Chaz Meadows threw a complete-game shutout this morning at Southern Poly to beat the Florida Bombers, 7-0, and advance to round two of the WWBA 16U National Championships.

Meadows allowed six hits through seven innings. He struck out eight hitters and topped out at 85 mph.

At the plate, SS Evan Heptig and 2B Ryan Drobny both went 2-for-3. Heptig hit a single and a double while Drobny had two doubles.

3B Casey Levy went 2-for-4 with two doubles as well.
 
7/19/2009 7:10:52 PM

The SE Texas Sun Devils grabbed an early 2-0 lead and never looked back, taking down the EJ Sports Titans 3-1 in the round of 16 game. The Sun Devils were paced by Trae Davis (2010, Mexia HS, TX) who starred on the mound and at the dish. Trae earned the win with a line of: 7IP 3H R 8K BB, he topped out at 92mph and was a bulldog on the mound attacking every hitter he faced. Trae scored what proved to be the winning run in the first inning after hitting a single. The Sun Devils are currently facing the Canes North 16s for a spot in the Semifinals.
    
 
7/19/2009 7:09:27 PM

The Dirtbags came out hacking this morning, defeating Kentucky Baseball Club, 14-1, at Sprayberry HS.

SS Mikal Hill went 2-for-5 with two doubles. CF Seth Constable went 2-for-4 with two singles, and both 3B Gunner Hogan and 1B George Carter both went 3-for-5. Carter had two triples and a single while Hogan had three singles.

P Bennett Hixson went the distance for the Dirtbags, going seven innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out five. He sat between 81-82 mph and challenged hitters with a hard moving, 70-mph slider.
 
7/19/2009 7:00:57 PM

The SE Texas Sun Devils plated to runs in the bottom of the seventh this morning at Southern Poly to beat the East Cobb Titans, 4-3, in the first round of the WWBA 16U playoffs.

DH Trae Davis went 2-for-3 with a single and a lead-off home run, which came during the beginning of the seventh and tied the game, 3-3. Four batters later, 2B Trevin Sonnier hit a RBI single to seal the win.

The Sun Devils put some good arms on the mound against the Titans. RHP Caleb Kellogg went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while touching 88 mph.

Davis closed out the victory, working 2/3 of an inning and hitting 93 mph.
 
7/19/2009 5:07:25 PM

Carolina Cubs LHP Carlos Rodon threw an absolute gem this morning at Kell HS, pitching seven hitless innings against the NJ Mariners to earn a 5-0 win.

Rodon tallied 10 strikeouts and topped out at 88 mph. He showed lots of arm-side run on his fastball and had some sinking action as well. He seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, sitting between 84-86.

Cubs EH Rookie Davis hit well, going 2-for-3 with a 2-RBI single and a lead-off home run.
 
7/19/2009 5:01:29 PM

The No. 16 seed Carolina Cyclones defeated the top-seeded Dallas Yankees this afternoon, 5-3, over on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex.

The Yankees attempted to make a comeback late in the seventh inning, but Cyclones RHP Alex Pridemore closed the door for the win, pitching 2/3 of an inning and allowing just one hit. Pridemore also topped out at 87 mph.

Cyclones starting pitching Austin Gambrell pitched well, too. Gambrell went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six hitters. He also touched 86 and sat between 84-85.

1B Bo Thompson and 3B Cole Hunter shined in the batter's box for the Cyclones. Thompson went 2-for-3 with two singles, one accounting for 2 RBI. Hunter went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

LF Mark McCants hit well for the Yankees, however. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a base hit.
 
7/19/2009 4:51:05 PM

The No. 31 seed Florida Harballers knocked off the No. 2 seed Apopka Black Sox this morning, 4-1, at Kell HS.

Thee Hardballers hitters recorded multi-hit games against the Sox. DH Joey Roig and LF Tyler Ledvina both went 2-for-3 with two base hits. EH Ben Joseph went 2-for-2 with a single, a RBI double, and a hit-by-pitch.

Roig looked great in the box with solid bat control and excellent speed, as did Ledvina.

Meanwhile, Joseph showcased his pitching skills as well, pitching the last two innings to close out the win. He allowed one run on two hits and touched 86 mph.
 
7/19/2009 3:37:20 PM

    • Knoxville Yard P Dan Bowers (2011, Home School, TN) went 3-for-3 with three singles in the Yard's 2-2 tie with the NY Outlaws. Bowers went with several pitches and moved runners over nicely in his three plate appearances.

    • The Florida Bombers had three hitters post multi-hit games. 2B Alex Perez went 3-for-4 with three singles while CF Zach Leonetti went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles to bring home two runs. SS George Gugino also had some solid production, going 2-for-3 with a single and a 2-RBI double.

    • Florida Baseball Academy had three hitters tally two or more hits in a 8-3 win over the Gresham Park Padres. 1B Ty Jackson looked great at the plate, hitting a two-run home run to right-center field in the third inning and back-to-back singles in the fifth and sixth.
    C Walker Haymaker went 2-for-4 with two singles, and SS Jarred Smith went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
 
7/19/2009 3:26:22 PM

RHP Ryan Leahy pitched a complete-game, six-inning shutout against Team Anderson Friday afternoon at Walton HS.

Leahy gave up three hits and struck out five batters faced. He also got some help on offense from EH Richie Kissane and 1B Nick Smith.

Kissane went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one of which drove in three runs. Smith went 2-for-3 as well with a single and a 3-RBI double.
 
7/19/2009 3:18:15 PM

Miami Raiders RF Chris Chinea and SS Adrian Marin shined in a 12-2 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black Saturday afternoon at Sequoyah HS.

Chinea went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double while Marin went 2-for-3 with a single and a 2-RBI double.
 
7/19/2009 3:13:57 PM

LHP Ronnie Glenn, RHP Trevor Maloney, and RHP Ryan Harris combined for seven shutout innings for the Palm Beach County PAL in a 4-0 win over the CBC 2011 Diamond Rats Saturday afternoon.

Glen pitched five solid innings, allowing four hits while sitting between 82-87 mph. Meanwhile Harris closed out the win, going 2/3 of an inning and hitting 90 mph with good arm-side run on his fastball.

On offense, C Taylor Gushue went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a 2-RBI double.
 
7/19/2009 3:07:34 PM

SE Texas Sun Devils RHP Sam Smith and RHP Hommy Rosado combined for a three-hit, 15-0 shutout against the Florida Bombers Bruins Saturday night on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Smith pitched three innings, allowed three runs — three-straight singles. He also racked up four strikeouts and touched 84 mph.

Rosado closed out the shutout, throwing one inning. He touched 88 mph and sat between 84-87.

Offensively for the Sun Devils, Rosado went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a 2-RBI double.

LF Caleb Henry had an outstanding day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles.
 
7/19/2009 2:56:26 PM

Kingsbridge Knights 2B Chris Marasco (2010, Bronxville HS, NY) went 3-for-3 Saturday evening at Kell HS, hitting three singles in the Knights 7-5 win over the EJ Sports Titans.

Marasco proved he's an "excellent lead-off hitter" with a "patient approach at the plate" in his four at-bats of the game. Two of his hits were back-to-back, while his third came after a fifth-inning walk.

On the mound for the Knights, RHP Henry Hirsch (2014, Fordham Prep, NY) touched 86 mph. Hirsch sat between 84-85 and had a 68-mph curve.
 
7/19/2009 2:42:02 PM

Kentucky Baseball Club SS Andrew Bryant and CF Marcus Howard both tallied two hits Saturday night in a 8-1 win over Chain Baseball Black at Centennial HS.

Bryant showed good bat speed, going 2-for-4 with two singles — one of which drove home two runs. Meanwhile, Howard went 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/19/2009 2:18:09 PM

We had some great first-round playoff games today. Here is a rundown of the action so far:

No. 24 seed Alabama Heat knocked off No. 9 seed Franklin Outlaws, 5-1, this morning at Etowah HS. The Heat play the No. 8 seed Carolina Cubs at Kell HS at 3 p.m.

No. 28 seed North Shore Royals upset the No. 5 seed NJ Super 16, 9-6, at Kennesaw Mountain HS. North Shore and No. 12 seed North Canes 16's are currently playing at Kennesaw. No score update from that game to report yet.

The No. 29 seed EJ Sports Titans 16U shocked the No. 4 Florida Bombers 16U at Southern Poly this morning. The Titans blanked the Bombers, 7-0. They play the SE Texas Sun Devils this afternoon on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex.

There was some serious drama at the Complex this morning. No. 23 seed Florida Mustangs beat No. 10 FTB Clap Bat, 4-0, in a one-hit shutout, and No. 15 seed Team Georgia kept its title hopes alive on a walk-off grand slam to beat the No. 18 seed Richmond Braves Nationals.

The overall No. 1 seed Dallas Yankees cruised through their opening-round game, beating the No. 32 seed Knoxville Impact-Adidas, 4-0. However, on Field 1 at the Complex, the Yankees are losing to No. 16 Carolina Cyclones, 3-0, with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Keep checking in for more playoff blogs from today.
 
7/19/2009 2:16:43 PM

The Florida Mustangs stampeded into the final 8 teams with a 7-5 win over the Palm Beach County PAL. The Mustangs got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the top half of the first inning, and were able to stave off a late rally by Palm Beach as Nicholas Junger (2013, Lewis Middle School, FL) showed great poise and presence as he struck out the final Palm Beach batter to close out the win. Junger topped out at 85mph and flashed a tight low 70s curve.

Other notable performances include Mustang 3B Trent Higginbothem (2011, Pace HS, FL) who flashed his quick bat going 2-3, 2 1B, R, RBI, SB. Also Palm Beach RP Ryan Harris (2011, Jupiter HS, FL) touched 92mph in a scoreless inning of relief with 2Ks. He combined an overpowering fastball with a devastating change in the upper 70s.


 
 
7/19/2009 2:10:00 PM

2011 RHP Elliott Worford threw a complete game shutout of the Mizuno braves.  Worford struck out 8 and only gave up 2 hits, while walking none. He topped at 84 with his FB, showed good mechanics, and showed a sharp cb with good bite.  His command was excellent all day.  Jacksonville Heat 16U won the game 5-0 paced by the offense attack led by SS David Beck going 2-4, 2 runs scored and showed good bat speed along with displaying good baserunning instincts. 
7/19/2009 1:37:29 PM

2011 LHP Matt Kinney shut down the Cyclones throwing a complete game shutout.  Kinney struck out 7 while scattering 3 hits with good command throught the game.  Cole Brand was 85-87 for the Cyclones with good command and sound mechanics. 2011 SS Justin Walker from the Cyclones showed plus bat speed at the plate during his 2-3 performance. 
7/19/2009 12:45:00 PM

Carolina Cubs RHP Trevor Kelley (2011, Ashley HS, NC) hit 87 mph in relief during the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Alabama Storm. Kelley pitching 1/3 of an inning, striking out his only hitter faced. He showed a loose arm and had good arm speed.

For the Storm, EH Zac Fowler went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles. Fowler showed good bat speed and showed serious opposite-field power.
 
7/19/2009 12:35:36 PM

    • Northeast Jays LHP Dillon Gonzalez (2011, St. John's Prep, MA) pitched four shutout innings Saturday morning  to help the Jays to a 4-0 win at North Cobb HS. Gonzalez had a nasty 69-mph curve and sat at 79 mph on his fastball.
    Offensively for the Jays, SS Matt Mattola went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first inning. 1B Tony Campione also went 2-for-2, smacking two doubles to tally 3 RBI

    • Centex Buzz RHP Zach Thomas (2011, Mildred HS, TX) threw a complete-game shutout Saturday at Walton HS, earning a 5-0 win over the Best 9 Angels Red. Thomas gave up six hits, striking out three and topping out at 83 mph. He also showed a 74-mph, 11-5 slider.

    • Richmond Braves Nationals '11 RHP Wes McGuire (2011, Deep Run HS, VA) and RHP Scotty Hurrell (2011, Landstown HS, VA) combined for a five-hit shutout Saturday morning at Etowah HS, beating the Jacksonville Rays, 9-0. McGuire topped out at 83 mph and showed solid mechanics, while Hurrell topped out at 82 mph and had a 67-70-mph curve.
 
7/19/2009 12:14:16 PM

    • Browns Mill Barons RF Daryl Watkins went 2-for-3 at Etowah HS in a 6-4 win over Florida Elite Sports School, hitting two singles.

    • Minnesota Starz SS Tyler Krysiak went 2-for-3 with two singles in the Starz 4-3 loss to the East Cobb Dodgers at North Cobb HS. For the Dodgers, LF Jonathan Pryor went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

    • Pony Express 1B John Jones had an astounding day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk in a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville Rays. His double in the first inning brought home two runs to give the Express an early 4-0 lead.

    • East Cobb Rangers RF Lee Miller showed a good short swing in the Rangers' 11-2 win over the Staten Island Orioles at Etowah HS, going 2-for-4 with a RBI single and a 3-RBI triple. CF James Cunningham also looked good in the batter's box, going 2-3 with a single and a double.
    For Staten Island, C Kevin Krause was perfect on offense, going 3-for-3 with three-straight singles. Also, CF Ryan Mannell went 2-for-2 with two singles.

    • Florida Diamond Pros Black C Charlie Durkee went 2-for-3 with two singles, one for a RBI, in the Pros' 7-5 win over the East Cobb Cubs at North Cobb HS. EH Leo Manteca also went 2-for-3 with two base hits, showcasing his quick hands and contact approach.

    • The Cincy Flames swung some white-hot wood against the Top Prospects Nationals in a 16-2 win. Four Flames hitters had mutli-hit games, including C Kyle Schwarber, who went 2-for-3 with a single and a three-run home run. 1B Jason Link went 3-for-3 with three-straight singles and a walk. SS Austin Downing went 2-for-2 with two walks, and 3B Jeff Smith went 2-for-4 with two singles.
 
7/19/2009 11:01:49 AM

Knoxville shut down the cubs 4-0 with a very effective performance by Garrett Jordan. He showed good command while only walking 1 over 7 innings, using a good change up to keep the hitters off balance.  Matt Pelt was a top performer for the East Cobb Cubs by going 2-3 at the plate while showing above average speed as well.  2011 RHP Danny Schneider for the Cubs topped at 85 with a tall lean projectable build and quick arm. 
7/19/2009 10:38:00 AM

Trent Higginbothem (2011) from the Florida Mustangs was in complete control giving up only 1 hit, 1 walk, while striking out 5 in his complete game shutout.  Higginbothem's command was outstanding pounding the strike zone with an easy 83 mph fastball.  Florida Mustang right fielder Logan Hill showed big power and plus bat speed,with a bomb to straight center field.  Kalvin Rivas for FTB Clapbat was 84-86 with easy arm action, projectable body and also showed a good tight cb.  
7/19/2009 10:12:15 AM

Round Trip Baseball 2 RHP Pete Nagel (2011, Metter HS, GA) and RHP Tyler Oglesby (2011, Savannah Christian HS, GA) combined for seven shutout innings against the Orlando Scorpions Black Saturday afternoon at Apharetta HS, both hitting 86 mph in the process.

Nagel gave up four hits through 6 1/3 innings pitched, sitting between 81-86. He also showed good depth on a 74-mph, 11-5 curve.

Oglesby also look good, going 2/3 of an inning, facing just one batter. He sat between 84-86.
 
7/19/2009 10:07:31 AM

After a failed suicide squeeze attempt early in the bottom of the 7th inning, Team Georgia CF Tyler Slaton eliminated the Richmond Braves with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Slaton sent the Team GA fans into an uproar with a "no doubter" over the RF fence.  Eric Nyquist pitched a complete game giving up only 1 run and striking out 10 to get the win. 
7/19/2009 10:01:50 AM

Teal Ravens CF Eric Flanagan went 2-for-4 with two singles, one for a RBI, in a 5-5 tie with the East Coast Grays Friday afternoon at Campbell HS.

Flanagan showed good hands, hitting the inside pitch to lace a pair of singles. EH Doug Licitra also had a good day at the play, going 2-for-3, hitting two singles.
 
7/19/2009 9:57:28 AM

Kyle Smith from Palm Beach County PAL opened the playoffs by striking out 15 in a complete game win over the Astros.  Smith was 86-87 mph consistently, showed a plus change, and hard sharp cb and overall dominating stuff.  Several scout claimed he was one of  the best pitcher he had seen in the tournament so far. Smith did give up a run in the first and a HR in the 3rd to Astro 2b Justin Brown but after that was outstanding. 
7/19/2009 9:33:34 AM

Good morning! We are lucky to have what appears to be yet another great day for baseball. The 9am games for the round of 32 are nearing conclusion. As scores and scouting reports come in we will be blogging about the action throughout the day.
 
7/19/2009 8:00:22 AM

    • Bullet Baseball RHP Taylor Butler (2012, Barbe HS, LA) touched 84 mph Saturday morning against the East Cobb Cubs. Butler had a fairly live arm and a nice 68-mph curve that showed good bite at times.

    • Two Franklin Outlaws pitchers touched 84 mph Saturday evening at Southern Poly in a 5-2 win over the SSBC Seadogs. RHP Kevin Bein (2010, Franklin HS, TN) showed good command through six innings of work, throwing mostly fastballs that sat between 81-84. RHP Cody Hartley (2011, Nashville Christian HS, TN) had good command as well, also sitting between 81-84.

    • RHP Travis Long (2011, Fuquay-Varina HS, NC) and RHP Justin Manning (2011, Holly Springs HS, NC) combined for a one-hit shutout for the Carolina Cubs, beating the Florida Diamond Pros, 11-0, at Fellowship Christian HS.

    • RHP James Pendo (2010, Flanagan HS, FL) and RHP Keil Conway (2011, Flanagan HS, FL) combined for a shutout Saturday morning against the Georgia Royals. Pendo allowed three hits through four innings while Conway gave up two hits through three.

    • Florida Bombers Blue Sox Corey Tufts (2011, East Ridge HS, FL) touched 85 during three innings of relief Saturday morning during the Sox's 3-2 loss to the Indiana Mustangs. Tufts showed good arm-side run on his fastball, which sat between 81-84 mph.

    • Orlando Reds RHP Mat Oset (2011, Ocoee HS, FL) touched 86 mph against the Bama Starz Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 win at Chattahoochee HS. Oset worked quick through five innings, giving up four runs on three hits.

    • Georgia Hurricans RHP Jason McCoy (2012, Kings Ridge Christian HS, GA) threw a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Midwest Bulls at Alpharetta HS.
 
7/18/2009 2:48:03 PM

1B Bo Thompson (2011, J.L. Mann HS, SC) went 2-for-3 with a single and a double this morning to help the Carolina Cyclones defeat the Virginia Aces at Sprayberry HS.

Thompson showed quick hands, good bat speed, and a good compact swing in his three at-bats. The Cyclones won the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a wild pitch.

Cyclones RHP Jonathan Pulley (2010, Boiling Springs HS, SC) touched 84 mph as well, receiving just 1 1/3 innings of work in the game. He showed good arm speed and arm action and had good control of his pitches, including a 67-69-mph curve that had good bite.
 
7/18/2009 11:47:10 AM

Richmond Braves National '11 RHP Nick Christopher (2011, Dinwiddie HS, VA) topped out at 88 mph on Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Big League 30s at Chattahoochee.

Christopher worked quick and had good movement on his fastball, which sat between 85-87. He also got ahead of hitters and challenged them with a 74-mph curve and a 79-mph change up, both of which displayed a lot of movement.
 
Saturday, July 18
7/18/2009 8:13:20 PM

The Knoxville Impact-Adidas earned the final wildcard spot today, going 4-1-0 with 10 runs allowed in Pool I.

Playoff and consolation schedules will be posted on the WWBA web site later tonight. Keep checking in and thank you for your patience.
 
7/18/2009 8:10:14 PM

The SE Texas Sun Devils beat the Florida Bombers Bruins 15-0 this evening to go 4-0-1 with eight runs allowed to take Pool Q and advance to Sunday's championship playoffs.
 
7/18/2009 8:05:11 PM

    • Chattanooga Cyclones 3B Randall Coley went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, one of which brought home three runs in a 16-2 win over the Windward Barves this afternoon at Centennial HS.

    • Bullets Baseball CF Ryan Atkinson was a tough out, going 3-for-4 with three singles in a 4-4 tie with the Pro Swing Pride. LF Adam Sass went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Swing SS Danny Dwyer also had a good day in the box, going 2-for-3 as well with two base hits.

    • Bullet Baseball 3B Clayton Monk was aggressive at the plate and jacked a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the sixth to go 1-for-3 despite two previous strikeouts. CF Kade Van Norman lead the Bullet offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs.

    • Midwest Blasers C Adam Grindheim was perfect today in a 2-3 loss to the Diamond Devils Black, going 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. 3B Jacob Lindmeier looked good as well, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. For the Diamond Devils, CF Bobby Ison showed an aggressive approach, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. SS Billy Motroni went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.

    • St. Louis Gamers SS Ryan Light went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double, showcasing a hard-nosed, opposite-field approach.

    • Mid-Atlantic Mets DH AJ Lardo "hit the ball on the nose" today, going 2-for-3 with two singles. 3B KJ Hockaday had good power, going 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a two-run home run, which came in the bottom of the sixth.

    • St. Louis Gamers Gray C Ryan Allee showed solid contact today in a 3-4 loss to the Best 9 Angels Red, going 3-for-3 with two singles and a double.

    • Cameron Alford of Cyclones Baseball went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and a three-run home run, amassing five RBI. Tyler Kellman also had a good day, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

    • NJ Marlins C Danny Wynn barely missed hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a triple in a 9-3 win over the East Cobb Cobras.
 
7/18/2009 6:42:43 PM

The Florida Hardballers and the BigStix Gamers are two of the three at-large teams playing tomorrow.

The Hardballers finished one spot below Kentucky Baseball Club with a 4-0-1 record in Pool U. Kentucky also went 4-0-1 but allowed eight runs while the Hardballers allowed nine.

BigStix are a similar story in Pool S. The Gamers finished 4-0-1 as well, but didn't allow enough runs to get snubbed completely.

We are waiting for the final few 7 p.m. games to be completed before the third wildcard team can be determined.
 
7/18/2009 6:15:37 PM

RHP Grant LaTerza (2011, Rockhurst HS, KS) threw a one-hit shutout for the Mac-N-Seitz Indians this afternoon on Field 3 at the Complex.

Through seven innings, LaTerza struck out 10 hitters and flashed a 85-mph fastball. He also had a 11-5, 73-mph curve that showed good break.
 
7/18/2009 6:11:05 PM

The Apopka Black Sox dominated Pool K to earn a Sunay playoff berth, going 5-0 and allowing six runs.

The EJ Sports Titans are also viable for a title, winning Pool G with a 4-1 record while allowing 20 runs, as is Team Alabama, which took Pool E with a 4-0-1 record.

Canes North 16's took Pool S with a 4-0-1 record. The Canes allowed three and scored 55.

Finally, Palm Beach County PAL is the Pool W winner with a 5-0 record and eight runs allowed.

There is one pool left to be decided — Pool Q. The SE Texas Sun Devils currently lead in the standings with a 3-0-1 record with eight runs allowed. Next is the Knoxville Stars, which stands 3-1 with 17 runs allowed.

There are two 7 p.m. games that could determine which team makes it in Sunday.

The Sun Devils play the Florida Bombers Bruins tonight over on Field 2 at the Complex. The Stars play the Mentium Athletics at Kennesaw Mountain HS.
 
7/18/2009 4:55:17 PM

Orlando Scorpions Gray LF Matt Byerly (2011, Dr. Phillip HS, FL) went 3-for-3 with a double, a RBI single, and a triple in the Scorpions' 13-1 win over the East Cobb Dodgers this afternoon at South Poly.

Byerly showcased his good swing and pop in his three at-bats of the game. 1B Ryan Travis also hit well, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/18/2009 4:34:51 PM

South Charlotte Panthers 2B Jake Fincher (2011, Butler HS, NC) went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, leading the way offensively in a 9-3 win over the East Cobb Cardinals at Walton HS this morning.

DH Jacob Barber went 2-for-3 with two singles, and C Blaine Lewis was a perfect 2-for-2 with a RBI double and a RBI single. 3B David Daniels went 2-for-4 as well, hitting a double and a single.
 
7/18/2009 4:22:09 PM

East Cobb Titans LHP Brandon Liebrandt went the distance Friday morning at Walton HS, pitching a three-hit, seven-inning shutout against Cyclones Baseball.

Liebrandt touched 81 and had a 1-7, 67-mph curve. He only gave up three singles and tallied nine strikeouts.
 
7/18/2009 4:14:12 PM

East Cobb Astros SS Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, GA) went 3-for-4 today, hitting a double, a triple, and a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat the PA Redhawks by run rule, 11-3.

Gonzalez had a good approach at the plate with a level swing.

2B Justin Brown also had a good day offensively, going 2-for-2 with a single and a double, while CF Jacob Bruce went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple.
 
7/18/2009 4:07:33 PM

Dallas Patriots RHP Ryan McCarthy (2011, Vines HS, TX) touched 85 mph on Thursday during a 2-1 win over Mass Pride at Sprayberry HS.

McCarthy had a good, live fastball that sat between 82-84 and showed good movement. He also had good control of the strikezone.
 
7/18/2009 4:02:10 PM

Team Anderson RHP Drew Morovick (2011, Tahquitz HS, CA) topped out at 85 mph, looking intimidating through two inninsg of work in a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Waves.

Morovick attacked hitters with his fastball, which showed some good arm-side run and sat between 82-84. He also had a solid 12-6, 67-mph curve.
 
7/18/2009 3:53:44 PM

North Shore CF Jim Briggs (2010, Lindenhurst HS, NY) went 1-for-2 today to help the Royals beat the Marucci Elite Vegas Gold, 7-4, and advance to Sunday's playoffs.

Briggs went yard with one out in the third to give the Royals a 5-1 advantage before 3B Richie Kissane hit a double and RF Nick Zito  smacked a RBI triple to effectively put the game out of reach for Marucci.
 
7/18/2009 3:46:32 PM

Three new teams have earned the right to play in Sunday's playoffs.

Pool I: The North Shore Royals (4-1, 15 runs allowed)
Pool X: Dirtbags 16's (4-1, 6 runs allowed)
Pool AA: East Cobb Astros 15U (4-1, 15 runs allowed)

 
7/18/2009 3:26:47 PM

The Mac-N-Seitz Indians had some big offensive outbursts  Friday afternoon at Sprayberry HS, beating Texas Sport Red, 12-2.

RF Dakota Smith (2011, Leavenworth HS, KS) went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run with one out in the home half of the first inning.

EH Grant LaTerza look great at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a triple — missing the cycle by a home run.
 
7/18/2009 3:20:07 PM

RHP Josh Stewart (2011, PK Young HS, FL) pitched a complete-game, six-inning shutout for the Florida Hardballers today at Pope HS, beating the Tri-County Bulldogs, 8-0.

Stewart totaled eight strikeouts and allowed just two hits — a pair of singles.

The Hardballers also had some solid production on offense. 2B Joey Roig (2011, Buchholz HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple while 3B JT Gilliam (2011, Columbia HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with a single and a double.

Three other Hardballers went 2-for-3: CF Blain Courson, RF Kyle Ecker, and LF Tyler Ledvina.
 
7/18/2009 1:52:54 PM

3B Matt Goreham (2011, Catholic Memorial HS, MA) hit a one-out solo shot and SS Demetri Monovoukas (2011, Lexington, MA) went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the SSBC Seadogs' 7-5 win over Florida Baseball Heaven.

Goreham hit a bomb over the 335-feet sign on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex. Monovoukas showed good pop and a good swing as well in his multi-hit effort.
 
7/18/2009 1:45:29 PM

Franklin Outlaws DH Brian Miller (2011, Independence HS, TN) hit a one-out, game-tying, three-run home run in the top of the sixth to help the Outlaws defeat the East Coast Grays Navy this morning over on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Miller finished 2-for-3 with a homer and a double while RF Dylan Toscano (2011, Independance HS, TN) hit a game-winning triple immediately after Miller's bomb.
 
7/18/2009 1:37:09 PM

At 4-0-1, the Florida Hardballers appear to hold the top Wildcard spot nearly midway through the final day of pool play.

Aside from the 29 pool winners, three at-large teams ("wildcards") will be selected for Sunday's championship playoffs.
 
7/18/2009 1:34:21 PM

The NJ Super 16 dominated Pool A these past five days, posting a 5-0 record in pool play to earn a playoff berth. NJ allowed just eight runs and scored 47.
 
7/18/2009 1:30:34 PM

Kentucky Baseball Club and Florida Baseball Academy have both earned trips to Sunday's playoffs.

Kentucky won Pool U, going 4-0-1 in pool play and giving up 8 runs.

Meanwhile, Florida Baseball Academy seized Pool N with a 4-1 record in pool play.

Playoffs won't begin until Sunday. Brackets and game times will be posted later today on the WWBA website.
 
7/18/2009 1:19:00 PM

The Long Island Titans defeated the San Diego Show this morning, 3-1, on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex to clinch a spot in Sunday's playoffs.

The Titans won Pool H, managing a 5-0 record in pool play.

LF Kevin Courtney and RF Nick D'Angelo both tallied extra-base hits. Courtney had a two-out double, and D'Angelo smack a game-tying RBI triple in the fifth inning.

RHP Mike Jordan touched 90 mph in one inning of relief for the Titans. He had good arm-side run on his fastball and had good sweeping action on his 11-5, 73-mph curve.
 
7/18/2009 1:11:14 PM

    • Primetime SFYA Florida Bombers Phil Liberty (2013, Calvary Christian HS, FL) went 3-for-3 with a two singles and a RBI double in the Bombers 6-2 win over the Baltimore Waves Friday morning at Pope HS.
    Also for the Bombers, LF Alex Stettner (2012, American Heritage HS, FL) went 1-for-2 with a solo jack.

    • East Cobb Cardinals 2B Reggie McClain (2011, Northview HS, GA) went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the Cards' 10-3 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold 16U.

    • Dayton Dodgers 1B Nick Livingston (2011, Kettering Fairmont HS, OH) went 2-for-2 with a single and a double in the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the South Florida Bandits West.

    • Georgia Blue Jays EH Ben Lumsden (2011, Hillgrove HS, GA) showed some quick hands and good lift in a 5-1 win over the Frederick Hustlers, going 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the first inning.

    • Triple Threat Baseball Academy Blue's Nicholas Villalobos (2011, Pine Castle Christian HS, FL) had a solid day at the plate in a 14-2 win over the Homeplate Chili Dogs. Villalobos went 3-for-3 with a walk, two singles, and a 3-RBI triple. He showed great hand extension through the zone, good pop, and some raw power.
 
7/18/2009 12:49:51 PM

2B Roman Quinn shined at the plate for the Panhandle Indians, going 3-for-3 in a 6-5 win against the East Cobb Titans on Thursday at Pope HS.

Quinn posted two singles and a double, while RF Joe Huntley and DH Blake Voyles both went 2-for-3. Huntley had a single and a triple. Voyles tallied two singles, one for 2 RBI.
 
7/18/2009 12:44:50 PM

Diamond Devils RF Wesley Camp (2011, Pelion HS, SC) went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk during a 6-6 tie between the Devils and Orlando Reds on Thursday at Southern Poly.

Camp had a short swing and a displayed good contact at the plate.

For the Reds, 3B Nick Gallipeau (2010, Ocoee HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two base hits.
 
7/18/2009 12:28:22 PM

As of noon today, here are 16 of the 29 pool winners that have clinched a spot in Sunday's playoffs:

Pool B: Carolina Cubs 16U (4-0, 3 runs allowed)
Pool C: Alabama Heat (4-0, 2 runs allowed)
Pool D: Tri-State Arsenal 16U (4-0, 6 runs allowed)
Pool F: Franklin Outlaws (4-0, 5 runs allowed)
Pool H: Long Island Titans 16U White (5-0, 15 runs allowed)
Pool J: Georgia Blue Jays (4-0, 1 run allowed)
Pool L: South Oakland A's 16U (5-0, 6 runs allowed)
Pool O: Florida Bombers 16U (4-0, 4 runs allowed)
Pool P: Dallas Yankees (5-0, 4 runs allowed)
Pool R: Centex Buzz (4-0, 8 runs allowed)
Pool T: Team Georgia 16U (4-0, 3 runs allowed)
Pool V: Florida Mustangs (4-0, 9 runs allowed)
Pool Y: FTB Clap Bat (4-0, 9 runs allowed)
Pool Z: Richmond Braves National '11 (4-1, 4 runs allowed)
Pool BB: Carolina Cyclones (4-0, 14 runs allowed)
Pool CC: NJ Mariners 2012's Blue (4-1, 12 runs allowed)

Check back for more later. We'll post the remaining 13 pool winners, plus the three wildcard teams as soon as possible.
 
7/18/2009 12:05:56 PM

C Ryan Condron (2011, Bolles HS, FL) went 3-for-3, and RHP Jeff Tanner (2011, Episcopal HS, FL) hit 86 mph in a 13-1 win over RBA 16U on Thursday at Blessed Trinity HS.

Condron had good gap power, staying back on the ball to hit two doubles and a single to drive in four total runs. He also showed a good arm on defense.

Tanner also look good on the mound, having good mechanics and "outstanding control" with movement on his fastball and 64-mph curve.
 
7/18/2009 11:57:42 AM

The Brownlee Lookouts beat Mass Pride Friday night, 11-9, at Sequoyah HS and had three hitters post multi-hit games.

C Nate Lundy (2011, Walsh Jesuit HS, OH) and 1B Bryan Peters (2011, Woodridge HS, OH) both went 2-for-3. Lundy tallied two singles while Peters had a RBI single and a 2-RBI triple.

SS Kollin McMillen (2011, Arch Bishop Hoban HS, OH) went 2-for-2 with two singles, both driving in a run.

On the mound for the lookouts, RHP Shane Wheeland (2011, Wadsworth HS, OH) touched 86 mph and sat between 79-84.
 
7/18/2009 11:35:30 AM

The Knoxville Impact had five players go 2-for-3 Thursday morning in a 10-4 win over Team Anderson at Oglethorpe.

Cory Payne, Brenton Bates, Brandon Winegar, Cameron Tallent, and Kenzie Goings had great days at the plate. Payne, Tallent, and Goings all tallied two hits while Bates has a single and a 2-RBI double, and Winegar had a single and a bases-clearing, 3-RBI triple.

Andrew Barkley went 2-for-4 with two singles, and RHP Bryce Beeler topped out at 84 mph in three innings of relief.
 
7/18/2009 11:24:06 AM

Team Georgia RHP Alex Close  (2011, Milton HS, GA) sat between 80-86 mph Friday evening during a 7-1 win over Florida Elite.

Through five innings, Close allowed one run on four hits and showed a very good 69-72-mph curve and good command of all his pitches.
 
7/18/2009 11:17:20 AM

East Cobb Titans RHP Michael Royal (2012, Harrison HS, GA) threw a six-inning shutout this morning against the Worchester Heat on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex.

Royal gave up five hits and totaled 11 strikeouts. He also hit 87 mph and had good break on his 11-5, 68-mph curve. He had good pitching mechanics, but lost some velocity by the fourth inning, sitting between 80-86.

On offense for the Titans, Royal and EH Michael Whatley (2011, Marietta HS, GA) both went 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/18/2009 11:06:18 AM

Team Elite had three hitters go 2-for-2 Thursday morning at Blessed Trinity HS in a 14-0 win over the Florida Diamond Pros.

2B Will Maddux (2011, Gainesville HS, GA), CF Trey Martin (2011, Brookwood HS, GA), and LF Jared Curry (2011, Mill Creek HS, GA) all were perfect at the plate. Martin and Curry tallied a pair of singles, while Maddux had a single and a 2-RBI triple.

Elite LHP Kenneth Anderson (2011, Loganville HS, GA) sat between 80-83 mph and had very good mechanics through three no-hit innings. Anderson had outstanding command and was able to spot his fastball and 65-69-mph curve well.

RHP Heath Holder (2011, Loganville HS, GA) closed out the no-no with one inning of work, touching 83.
 
7/18/2009 10:31:33 AM

RHP Ben Joseph (2011, Buchholz HS, FL) shut down Chain Baseball Black 15U for three innings, hitting 87 mph in the process. Joseph threw strikes and showed good velocity at times sitting between 81-85 with his fastball and 74-75 on his curve.
 
7/18/2009 10:27:39 AM

NVTBL Stars-White RHP Damon Frezza hit 89 mph against Palm Beach County Pal, throwing three innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

Frezza sat between 86-88 and hid the ball wel using his tall 6-3, 195-pound frame.
 
7/18/2009 10:03:39 AM

Team Elite CF Trey Martin (2011, Brookwood HS, GA) went 3-for-3 with three singles in a 10-0 win over the Ontario Blue Jays.

DH Josh Heddinger (2011, Burford HS, GA) and 2B Davis Aiken (2011, Oconee HS, GA) also had good days offensively — both went 2-for-2. Heddinger was perfect with two doubles, and Aiken had two base hits.

C Max Pentacost (2011, Winder HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Behind the plate he registered a 2.03 and a 2.10 pop time.

Elite also looked good on the mound. RHP Kevin Burgee (2011, Hebron Christian HS, GA) and RHP Jordan Hillyer (2012 Hebron Christian HS, GA) combined for five innings.

Burgee pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits — both singles — and touched 83 mph. He showed excellent location and mixed up his pitches well, challenging hitters with his fastball and change up and 70-mph curve.
 
7/18/2009 9:53:32 AM

Here are some pitching gems from the day before:

 • Florida Bombers Alex Perez (2011, LaSalle HS, FL) pitched a complete-game gem against the Dallas Patriots, earning a 3-0 win. Perez gave up two hits and totaled six strikeouts. He topped out at 87 mph and sat between 81-86. One of his scout notes says he is a "first-pitch strike machine and works fast." Perez also showed a lot of confidence in his 1-7, 66-mph curve. Perez also seemed to get stronger as the game progressed.

    • LHP Zach Kleiman (2011, Nova HS, FL) and LHP Jake Molkentin (2011, Palmetto HS, FL) combined for a two-hit shutout against the Triple Threat Bearcats. Kleiman gave up just two singles through four innings of work.

    • Alabama Heat RHP Chirs Ellis (2011, Spain Park HS, AL) and RHP Austin Greer (2011, Vestavia Hills HS, FL) combined for four no-hit innings against the Orlando Scorpions Grays. Ellis topped out at 87 mph and sat between 84-86. He also managed three strikeouts through three innings.

    • Three BigStix Gamers pitchers joined forces for a three-hit shutout against the St. Louis Pirates. LHP Kody Adams (2011, Pike County HS, GA), RHP Matt Anderson (2012, Union Grove HS, GA), and RHP Rashad Billups (2011, East Coweta HS, GA) went six innings for the Gamers. Anderson touched 82 mph and had a good, loose arm motion.

    • Richmond Braves Nartionals '12 RHP Jack Roberts (2013, James River HS, VA) and RHP Daniel Bridgeman (2012, Dinwiddie HS, VA) combined for a six-hit shutout against the US Baseball Stars. Roberts and Bridgeman gave up three hits each.
 
7/18/2009 8:55:00 AM

    • CBC Diamond Ratz RF Lucas LaSalle (Alexander Central HS, NC) went 2-for-4 with two doubles to total 3 RBI in a 127-7 with over Chain Baseball Gold 15U. Both 3B Matt Rembielak (2011, Bishop McGuinness HS, NC) and CF Bret Cash (2011, Wren HS, NC) also went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
    XH Hunter Conley (2011, Hopewell HS, NC) went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. C Ryan Yoder (2011, Central Cabarrus HS, NC) had two hits as well, going a perfect 2-for-2 with a RBI single and a RBI double.
    For Chain, 2B DeShaun Todd (2012, LaGrange HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI double.

    • Big Hitter Diamond Stars RF Justin Thompson (2011, Affron HS, MO) went a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles and a double in a 14-9 win over the Homeplate Chili Dogs. Chili Dogs SS Jake McCurry (2012, Landmark Christian HS, GA) and LF Alex Liquori (2012, Whitewater HS, GA) both posted multi-hit games. McCurry went 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI double while Liquori went 2-for-4 with a pair of base hits.

    • Hammonds Seminoles 3B Jacob Evanich (2010, Griffith HS, IN) and CF Aveeno Nasiloski (2011, Hammond Gavit HS, IN) both went 2-for-3 in a 10-2 win over the Triple Threat Bearcats. Evanich had some serious pull power, launching a two-run homer and a 2-RBI double. Nasiloski had a RBI single and a RBI triple.

    • Florida Bombers Blue Sox SS Matt Rogers (2011, Lake Worth Christian HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles, and RF Jake Molkentin (2011, Palmetto HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two singles.
 
7/18/2009 8:34:53 AM

    • Canes South 2B Michael Russell (2011, Hopewell HS, NC) went 3-for-3 with two singles and a home run in a 15-0 win over the Browns Mill Barons. DH Nate Steele also had a good day for the Canes, hitting 3-for-3 as well with three base hits.

    • Canes North 2B Josh Tobias (2011, SE Guilford HS, NC) went 2-for-2 with a single and a lead-off triple in a 16-0 win over Florida Diamond Pros Gold. CF Luke Dunlap (2011, East Forsyth HS, NC) also went 2-for-2 with a RBI single and a 2-RBI double. LF Cameron Capell (2011, Ker-Vance Academy, NC) went 2-for-2 with two base hits and a walk. SS Landon Lassiter (2012, North Davidson, NC) went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and a 2-RBI double.

    • Kentucky Baseball Club RF Matt Spalding (2011, Saint Xavier HS, KY) went 2-for-3 with a base hit and a two-run home run in a 9-1 win over the Tucker Dodgers.

    • Dirtbags SS Gunnar Hogan (2011, Carson HS, NC) went 2-for-3 with two singles, one of which brought home two runs in a 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Heat. Meanwhile, Heat EH Ryan Condron (2011, Bolles HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk, and 3B Taylor Betros (2011, Bolles HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles.

    • Miami Raiders 2B John Ruiz (2013, Gulliver HS, FL) showed good pop, going 2-for-4 with a single and a triple while both SS Adam Marin (2012, Gulliver HS, FL) and C Chris Chinea (2012, Gulliver HS, FL) went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. 1B Chris Diaz (2011, Gulliver HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two base hits. RF Colby Auerbach (2011, Gulliver HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI double.

    • EJ Sports Titans CF Mark Wangeman (2011, Justin Siena HS, CA) and 2B Chaz Meadows (2011, Clayton Valley HS, CA) both went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. DH Kyle Norris (2011, California HS, CA) went 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a 2-RBI double.

    • Apopka Black Sox SS Fransisco Linder (2011, Monteverde Academy, FL) and LF Cameron Lawrence (2010, First Academy-Orlando, FL) went 2-for-3. Linder had a 2-RBI single and a RBI double. RF Brandon Bonilla (2010, Lake Weir HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with a single and a double.

    • Worchester Heat RF Vince Kozica (2011, Algonquin HS, MA) and 3B Ryan McKenna (2011, Algonquin HS, MA) both went 2-for-2 in a 10-8 win over the Panhandle Indians. Kozica smacked two singles while McKenna recorded a RBI double and a 2-RBI single. 2B Tom Baranano (2011, Nashoba HS, MA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI triple. For the Indians, LF Joe Huntley (2011, Chiles HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles, and 1B Alex Bigale (2011, Marianna HS, FL) went 2-for-2.
 
Friday, July 17
7/28/2009 11:59:32 AM

The Diamond Devils 16's Blue got a great all around performance by Jarrod Rickman (2011, Carolina Forest HS, SC) in their 9-1 victory over Bullet Baseball (LA). Rickman earned the win with 5IP allowing only three hits and one unearned run. Rickman impressed not only with a low to mid 80s fastball that topped out at 85mph, but also with an effective set of offspeed offerings. Rickman showed an upper 60s to low 70s curveball, a 72-74mph slider and a 73-74mph change. Rickman did a very good job changing speeds and hitting his spots as he struck out seven and allowed only two walks.

Rickman had arguably a better day at the plate going a perfect 3-3, with two singles and a double from the middle of the Diamond Devils lineup. Rickman displayed great baseball instincts, a very good approach at the plate and a good level swing.    
7/18/2009 9:01:54 AM

    • Cincy Flames C Kyle Schwarber (2011, Middletown HS, OH) went 2-for-4 with two singles, one of which drove home two runs in a 7-7 draw with the Gresham Park Padres. Flames P Jason Link (2011, Hamilton HS, OH) also went 2-for-4 with two singles. For the Padres, RF Jabari Hall (2010, Redan HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with two singles. His two-out base hit in the third drove in two runs.

    • Both Upstate Mavericks CF Will Raines (2010, Blacksburg HS, SC) and 3B Brandon Landire (2011, Spartanburg HS, SC) went 2-for-3 with two singles in a 9-5 loss to the PA Redhawks. For the Redhawks, SS Cody Herald (2011, Butler HS, PA) went 2-for-4 with a single and a 2-RBI double, while CF Dane Gecina (2012, Shenango HS, PA) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

    • South Bergen Mets RF Joe Carroll (
2011, St. Peter's Prep, NJ) went 2-for-4 with a single and a 2-RBI triple.
 
7/17/2009 6:08:13 PM

Team Alabama came out swinging this afternoon at Fellowship Christian HS, beating the Northeast Jays, 10-7.

'Bama had four players tally two or more hits, including EH Clayton Palicki (2011, Sparkman HS, AL), who went 3-for-3 with three singles.

CF George Salem (2012, Vetavia HS, AL), C Ian Rice (2012, Madison Academy, AL), and 1B Chris Adams (2012, Madison Academy, AL) each went 2-for-3. Rice and Adams had a pair of singles. Salem smacked a double and a triple.
 
7/17/2009 5:58:53 PM

The East Cobb Cobras had two hitters go perfect at the plate this afternoon at Kell HS.

Cobras C Jamie Ricthie (2011, Buford HS, GA) showed patience in the batter's box, going 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. 3B Trey Wilson (2011, Johnson HS, GA) also looked good, going 2-for-2 with two singles.

Also, Cobras RHP Christian Sutherland (2011, Chattahooche HS, GA) hit 85 mph in 1/3 inning of relief. He allowed one hit and two walks.

For the Diamond Devils Black, P Anthony Cossentino (2011, St. James HS, SC) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three singles and 2 RBI.
 
7/17/2009 5:58:52 PM

2011 Matt Spalding impressed in Kentucky Baseball Club's win over the On Deck O's. His fastball sat in the mid 80's with a deceptive delivery. 
7/17/2009 5:55:28 PM

Akeel Morris impressed for the Bombers working 85-87 in three innings of work.

2012 David Thompson stood out for the Bombers. He went 2-3 with a 2B. He showed very good bat speed and a nice approach. High level 2012 follow.

2011 Anthony Duran went 3-3 for the Bombers.
2012 Cody Light and 2011 NIcholas Villalobos stood out as top prospects for Tripple Threat Blue 
7/17/2009 5:45:17 PM

Tri-State Arsenal RHP Ed Mejias (2010, Ocean Twp HS, NJ) and RHP Ty Lyons (2011, Seneca HS, NJ) combined for three innings of scoreless ball in a 18-0 win against the Winward Braves this morning at Fellowship Christian HS.

Mejias overwhelmed the Braves, pitching two innings and allowing one hit. He also topped out at 80 mph.

The Arsenal also got some help on offense. C Brian Beyer (2011, Truman HS, NJ) went 2-for-2 with two singles. DH Erik Danser (2011, Cherokee HS, NJ) also went 2-for-2, smacking a single and a RBI double.

EH Eric Barbieri (2010, Cherokee HS, NJ) was an RBI machine for Tri-State. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, both of which plated three runs.
 
7/17/2009 5:44:25 PM

2011 Chase Griffin had a big game for Collegiate Athletics in their loss to Team Ontario. He went 2-2 with a 2B, HR and 3 RBI. He showed good power with quick hands. 
7/17/2009 5:35:04 PM

2011 Anthony Gatto went 2-3 with a HR and 3 RBI. He showed quick hands at the plate and can drive the ball. Joe Fernandez closed the game with a mid 80's heat from the right side to finish off the victory over the Worcester Heat.

 
7/17/2009 5:31:24 PM

Best 9 Angels leadoff hitter Josh Johnston showed power at the plate and speed on the bases while blasting 2 triples and scoring 2 runs in a 8-3 victory over the Mentium Athletics.  Dylan Ward was another offensive threat who can hit and run, getting 2 hits and 2 stolen bases.  Mentium 3 hole hitter Kenny Knudsen showed a good approach at the plate and great ability to hit the ball the other way with 2 opposite field singles. 
7/17/2009 5:29:24 PM

Hunter Cole led the Carolina Cyclones to victory over the South Charlotte Panthers going 2-2 with an RBI. He looked very good with the bat and is a top prospect along with Shonn Carson and Brett Austin.  
7/17/2009 5:19:34 PM

2012 RHP Andrew Short was dominant for the Georgia Hurricanes as they knocked off the NY Outlaws 6-0. Short has a tall lean build, and sat 80-82 and projects to add more. He threw seven shutout innings with 9 K's and allowed only three hits.  
7/17/2009 5:18:04 PM

South Charlotte came out going ahead of the Virginia Aces 7-0 after the 2nd inning.  The Aces displayed a solid 2012 pitching prospect in James Bedi who topped at 84 with 3/4 arm slot and projection.  The middle of the SC lineup showed some serious power potential with Kyle Whitman in the 4 hole. and Bradley Marten in the 3 hole.  PG scouts really like Marten's approach and clutch performance. 
7/17/2009 5:10:34 PM

2011 RHP Brendan Mayers looked good in the Mariners 2-0 victory over the Diamond Devils Black. He threw 7 shutout innings topping out at 85 mph. He kept the ball down and threw strikes. He also doubled and scored a run to lead the offense.  
7/17/2009 4:54:45 PM

The Ontario Jays won in walk off fashion over the Browns Mille Barons. Kyle Hanns deep sac fly to center field drove home the winning run.    CJ Machete came in cut off the bleeding in the top of the 6th with a 84 mph fastball with good arm side run, and kept the game at 7-7 going into the bottom where they shocked the Barons.   
7/17/2009 4:49:50 PM

2010 RHP Josh Dezse looked very good on the mound throwing seven shutout innings and only allowing two hits. His fastball was up to 91 mph and it looked like he has more in him. He was also 2-3 with the bat with an RBI. 2011 RHP Denton Reed topped out at 86 for the Southern Illinois Bullets.  
7/17/2009 11:11:20 AM

SE Texas Sun Devils 1B Hommy Rosado (2010, Lake Charles Barbe HS, LA) had an outstanding day at the plate against the Best 9 Angles over on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex this morning.

Rosado blasted a three-run home run to left field and then smacked a 2-RBI single in the first inning after the Sun Devils batted around.

RF Caleb Kellogg (2010, Bridge City HS, TX) also looked good offesively, going 2-for-2 with a walk and two base hits.
 
7/17/2009 8:31:00 AM

Quite a few youngsters brought out some serious lumber during Day 3 of the WWBA 16U National Championships. Here are some noteworthy performances from yesterday afternoon:

    • East Cobb Astros DH Cole Miller (2012, Darlington HS, GA) was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle against the Miami Raiders over on Field 2 at the Complex. Miller hit a single and a double before launching a lead-off, solo jack to dead center in the sixth inning.

    • Heat Showcase had two players tally two hits. LF Jordan Carlton (2012, Wilkes Central HS, NC) showcased his compact swing, going 2-for-2 with two singles while EH Logan Cheek (2011, Crest HS, NC) showed some serious wood, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles.

    • Toppers RF Ben Winters (2011, Fulton HS, TN) was outstanding, going 3-for-4 with two triples and a double to bring home 3 RBI. 2B Joe Ganger (2012, Davey Crockett HS, TN) also went 3-for-4 with three-straight base hits.

    • Rip Tide Development C James Wallace (2010, King Philip HS, MA) showed good contact against the Junior Toppers, going 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a RBI double.

    • Chattanooga Cyclones LF TJ Butt (2011, Red Bank HS, TN) went 3-for-3 with three-straight base hits against the Orlando Scorpions Purple. Also, 3B Will Cooper (2011, Baylor HS, TN) went 2-for-4 with back-to-back single in the first and second innings. 
Thursday, July 16
7/18/2009 10:22:09 AM

    • NJ Mariners Brendan Mayers (2011, Pope John HS, NJ) touched 85 mph in a complete-game shutout against the Diamond Devils Black. Through seven innings, Mayers gave up just two hits — both singles — and had good, whippy arm speed on the mound. He also maintained his velocity, sitting between 79-84.

    • The Collegiate Athletics and Richmond Braves National '11 had two good, young arms on the mound this afternoon at Dominion Christian. A's RHP Jess Posey (2012, Lee County HS, GA) sat between 83-85 mph and had good command of his fastball down in the zone. Through six innings, he gave up four runs on five hits and tallied five strikeouts.
    For the Braves RHP David Spinosa (2011, St. Anne's Belfield HS, VA) ranged between 86-88 mph and got on hitters with a 68-71 mph curve and a 73-mph slider. Spinosa racked up 13 strikeouts and gave up just two hits in the win.

    • The Carolina Cyclones had two pitchers touch 86 mph today over on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex. RHP CJ Edwards (2011, Mid-Carolina HS, SC) sat between 82-85 and went six innings, allowing one run on two hits and looking strong as the game progressed. LHP Jackson Whitley (2011, North Augusta HS, SC) also threw well, sitting between 85-86 in one inning of relief.
 
7/18/2009 9:22:41 AM

    • SS Jared Lupo (2011, Calvary Baptist Academy, LA) lead the way offensively for the CRBA Phillies in a 3-3 tie with the Southeast Michigan Rebels, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
    For the Rebels, CF Frank Dreslinksi (2011, Detroit Catholic Central HS, MI), 3B Ben Matigian (2011, Livionia Churchill, MI), and CF Dave Saylor (2010, Walled Lake North HS, MI), all went 2-for-3. Dreslinski and Matigian tallied two singles while Saylor had a single and a 2-RBI double.

    • Pony Express CF Jordan Turpin (2010, Ben Davis HS, IN) and RF Matt Trepanier (2010, Zionsville HS, IN) both went an oustaing 4-for-5 at the plate in a 12-6 win over the Big League 30s. Turpin had two singles, a double, and a triple, while Trepanier tallied three singles and a double.
    1B Chris Jansen (2011, Bishop Chatard HS, IN) and 2B Brandon Kreig (2011, Lawrence Central HS, IN) both went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. LF Jon Meko (2011, Roncalli HS, IN) went 2-for-4 with two singles.
 
7/17/2009 5:34:56 PM

RHP Nicholas Junger (2013, Lewis Middle School, FL) topped out at 85 mph this morning in a 15-2 win over the Southern Illinois Bullets at Kell HS.

Junger pitched the final inning of a four-frame affair, striking out two of three batters faced. He is a "downhiller" who comes right after you with a fastball that sits between 81-84. He also had a nice 75-mph slider.
 
7/17/2009 5:01:39 PM

1B Matthew Kent (2011, Midway HS, TX) lead the way for the Centex Buzz in a 12-1 win over Round Trip Baseball 2.

Kent went 2-for-2 before being substituted in the fourth inning. He had active hands and hit a 2-RBI double and a triple.

SS Gregory Greene (2011, Killeen Ellison HS, TX) showed some power potential, going 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a 2-RBI triple.

For Round Trip, RHP Michael Peel (2012, Claxton HS, GA) touched 88 mph and had a long, whippy arm action. His fastball sat between 82-86, and he also had a 74-mph slider.
 
7/17/2009 4:49:50 PM

3B Michael Thomlinson (2011, Winter Park HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles in a 6-0 win for Orlando Baseball Academy this afternoon at Fellowship Christian HS. Thomlinson looked well balanced, quiet, and showed good trunk rotation in the batter's box.

For the East Cobb Cobras, CF Christian Sutherland (2011, Chattahooche HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple.
 
7/17/2009 4:33:44 PM

Three Alabama Heat pitchers combined for seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the the East Coast Grays this morning at Dominion Christian HS.

RHP Marks Abernathy (2011, Spain Park HS, AL), RHP Robby Clements (2011, Oak Mountain HS, AL), and RHP Jake Hester (2011, Thompson HS, AL) all contributed in shutout, giving up seven total hits.

Abernathy pitched the first four innings, topping out at 84 mph and striking out six. He also had a good, hard 73-mph slider that showed late bite.

Hester closed out the game, giving up one hit and touching 86 mph.
 
7/17/2009 4:18:47 PM

Mizuno Braves RHP Eric Deitchman (2011, Bishop Chatard HS, IN) threw a five-inning, complete game shutout against Chain Baseball Gold this morning at Oglethorp.

Deitchman topped out at 81 mph and allowed just two hits to earn the 8-0 win.

He also got some offensive help from CF Chris Ferguson (2011, Lawrence Central HS, IN), who went 3-for-3 with three singes and a walk.
 
7/17/2009 3:58:00 PM

Mac-N-Seitz Indians CF Dakota Smith (2011, Leavenworth HS, KS) and 3B Landon Lucansky (2011, Blue Valley HS, KS) swung hot bats this morning at Sequoyah HS in a 2-4 loss to Florida Baseball Academy.

Smith had a good approaching in the box, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. Lucansky had some pop as well, hitting two hard line-drive doubles to left-center to go 2-for-3.

Also, LHP Cody Kukuk (2011, Lawrence Free State HS, KS) and RHP Nathan Arnold (2011, St. Mary's Colgan HS, KS) both touched 88 mph for the Indians.

Kukuk had very good arm speed and a good 76-mph slider in addition to his fastball, which sat between 84-87. Through 4 1/3 innings, he allowed three runs on two hits and tallied five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Arnold pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on run hit. He had good explosion on the mound and showed a good 73-mph curve.
 
7/17/2009 3:45:42 PM

Offense appears to be contagious here at the WWBA 16U National Championships. Here are some noteable plate performances from today:

    • PA Redhawks Cody Herald (2011, Butler HS, PA) and P Jeff Revesz (2011, Grove City Senior HS, PA) each went 2-for-3 in a 7-5 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black this morning at Blessed Trinity HS. Herald had a single and a lead-off home run. Revesz also showed power, hitting a RBI single and  2-RBI double.

    • Diamond Jacks Black LF Tom Ivers (St. Peters Boys HS, NY) swung well in his team's loss to the PA Redhawks, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

    • Marucci Elite Vegas Gold CF Bryon Cobb (2011, West Feliciana HS, LA) was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a single and a double in a 4-3 win over the Primetime SFYA Florida Bombers this afternoon at North Cobb HS.

    • Primetime SFYA Florida Bombers Alex Leighton (2011, American Heritage HS, FL) went 2-for-4 with two singles during his team's loss to Marucci Elite.

    • East Cobb Dodgers P Keith Pachmeyer (2012, North Cobb HS, GA) was perfect at the plate in a 5-6 loss to the Teal Ravens this morning at Fellowship Christian HS, smacking three-straight singles. 2B Logan Shaddix (2012, Home School, GA) went 2-for-3 with two singles.

 • Teal Ravens 2B Robbie Caliento (2011, Ramsey HS, NJ) went 2-for-2 with a single and a triple. One of his scout notes reads: "Kaboom!"

    • The BigStix Gamers had two players tally two hits. SS Cody Adkins (2011, Ola HS, GA) attacked the ball well, hitting two singles while DH Blake Edwards (2012, Pike County HS, GA) had loose hands and showed good bat speed, hitting a single and a 2-RBI double.

    • The Orlando Scorpions Grey also had two players register multi-hit games in a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Starz. C Austin Young (2011, Lake Highland HS, FL) had some pull pop in the box, going 3-for-3 with two base hits and a RBI double. SS Brandon Meadows (2011, Umatilla HS, FL) did a good job keeping his hand inside, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
 
7/17/2009 11:00:12 AM

Three different Canes North pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout this morning against the St. Louis Pirates at Alpharetta HS.

RHP Daniel Gossett (2011, James F. Byrnes HS, SC), LHP Kyle Martin (2011, Wade Hampton HS, SC), and RHP Jordan Ramsey (2011, North Davidson HS, NC) totaled five scoreless innings and seven strikeouts.

Gossett got up to 89 mph during the first two innings, showing a live fastball and a 11-5, 75-mph curve that had good depth and loos spin. He also had good command of his pitches and displayed clean mechanics.

At the plate, EH Tyler Crocker (2011, Dorman HS, SC) went 2-for-2 with two singles and 3 RBI.
 
7/17/2009 10:41:28 AM

Ocala Wildcats RHP Josh Ellzey (2012, Forest HS, FL) threw a complete game shutout against the East Cobb Cardinals this afternoon at North Cobb, pitching six innings scoreless innings for a 8-0 win.

Ellzey gave up four hits, topped out at 83 mph, and sat between 77-82. He also had a 73-mph curve.

RF AJ Mazzurco (2011, Forest HS, FL) and 3B Eric Hindmon (2011, Forest HS, FL) lead the way for Ocala offensively. Mazzurco went 2-for-2 with a single and a lead-off homer. Hindmon went 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/17/2009 9:56:49 AM

DH Zach Graves (2011, South Paulding HS, GA) and RF Clay Millwood (2012, North Paulding HS, GA) lead the way for the Georgia Blue Jays in a 13-0 win over the South Florida Bandits West at Kell HS.

Graves showed lots of power at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a single and a solo home run. Millwood went 2-for-3 with two base hits.

On the mound for the Blue Jays, RHP Duane Underwood (2012, McEachern HS, GA) topped out at 86 mph in one inning of relief, showcasing his live, loose arm and a fastball that had some good arm-side run.
 
7/17/2009 9:46:12 AM

CF Tyler Slaton (2011, North Forsyth HS, GA), SS Scott Slappey (2011, Milton HS, GA), and Brandon Melick (2011, Alpharetta HS, GA) all went 2-for-4 this afternoon to help Team Georgia beat Canes South, 6-0.

1B Alex Leach (2011, Alpharetta HS, GA) also had an outstanding day on offense, going 3-for-4 with three singles.

Meanwhile, Canes RF Dukari Cooke (2011, Bethel HS, VA) and DH Jeff Gray (2011, Menchville HS, VA) both went 2-for-3. Cooke tallied two singles while Gray had a single and a double.

Also for the Canes, RHP Patrick Corbett (2011, Tabb HS, VA) touched 86 mph, showing good mechanics and a power arm. He also challenged hitters and had a good 69-mph slurve.
 
7/17/2009 9:27:57 AM

Seven hitters had multi-hit games this morning during the Staten Island Orioles/Palm Beach County Grays game at Centennial HS. Check out these performances:

    • Grays SS Trea Turner (2011, Park Vista HS, FL) covered the plate well, going 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks. C Rob Coman (2012, Park Vista HS, FL) also went 2-for-2 with a pair of base hits.

    • Grays RF John Nunez (2011, Seminole HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles. 2B Bret Lashley (2012, Park Vista HS, LF) went 2-for-4 with two singles.

    • Orioles XH Kevin Krause (2011, Tottenville HS, NY) went 2-for-4 with a single and a RBI double, and SS Tom Mandella (2011, Farrell HS, NY) 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
 
7/17/2009 9:09:03 AM

NorCal East RHP Austin Urban (2010, Richland HS, PA) touched 89 mph during his short relief appearance this morning at Fellowship Christian HS.

Urban looked polished and explosive through 1 1/3 innings and had a light fastball that ranged between 87-88.

Also for NorCal, C Russell Clark (2012, Pine Richard HS, PA) hit safely in both of his at-bats against the Dirtbags, tallying two singles.

For the Dirtbags, SS Mikal Hill (2011, Mallard Creek HS, NC) showed good pop on offense, going 2-for-3 with a 2-RBI single and a RBI double. 1B Dalton Knight (2011, West Carteret HS, NC) also went 2-for-3 with two singles.

DH George Carter (2011, Grimsley HS, NC) hit a lead-off bomb in the seventh and also had a RBI single to go 2-for-4.
 
7/17/2009 8:13:11 AM

LHP Rob Bain (2011, Northwest Cabarrus HS, NC) threw a one-hit, 6-0 shutout this afternoon against Florida Elite Sports School on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex.

Bain faced three batters over the minimum and gave up his only hit with two outs in the second. His change up looked deceptive and had a long, whippy arm action.

On offense, On Deck SS Shell McCain (2011, Nation Ford HS, SC) went 3-for-3 with a walk and three-straight singles, and CF Chris McCue (2011, Adrey Kell HS, NC) went 2-for-3 with base hits.

McCain came through with a big time single in the fifth and showed patience during is first at-bat when he battled for a lead-off walk.
 
7/17/2009 7:59:27 AM

Virginia Aces RHP Matt Matthews (2011, Greenbrier Christian Academy, VA) pitched a complete game three-hit shutout against the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks this afternoon at Oglethorpe.

Matthews, who threw only from the stretch, tallied five strikeouts and topped out at 80 mph.

Also of note, Aces 3B James Bedi (2012, Oscar Smith HS, VA) was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles — all of which were laced to the opposite field.
 
7/17/2009 7:52:20 AM

There were a few solid performances during the afternoon game at Centennial HS between Bullet Baseball and the NJ Super 16.

NJ Super RHP Darren Lauer (2011, Council Rock North HS, PA) reached 85 mph during his five innings of work against Bullet Baseball. He allowed just one run on two hits and sat between 82-84 and had a 68-mph curve.

On offense for NJ, XH Daniel Denton (2011,
Council Rock North HS, PA) went 3-for-3 with three RBI singles, and LF Mike Amabile (2010, Immaculata HS, NJ) 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.
 
7/17/2009 7:37:55 AM

Action Baseball Club RHP Collin Chapman (2011, Leander HS, TX) touched 89 mph in a 7-1 win over Pro Swing Pride this afternoon at Chattahoochee HS.

Chapman worked quick through 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit. He showed good movement on both his 73-mph curve and his fastball, which sat between 85-88.

Also, SS Travis Ramos ( 2011, Llano HS, TX) and C Garret Ochoa (2011, Ochoa HS, TX) both had good outings on offense. Ramos went 2-for-3 with two singles, and Ochoa went 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a 2-RBI triple.
 
7/17/2009 7:25:57 AM

Both FTB Clap Bat and the Richmond Braves National '12 had outstanding hitters this afternoon at Chattahooche HS.

For FTB, RF Omar Garcia (2011, Bishop HS, FL) went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double for 4 RBI, and 1B Chris Bauer (2011, Lake Brantley HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk.

Richmond C Tyler Thomas (2012, Woodbridge HS, VA) also had a good day offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Thomas' jack was an opposite field shot that came with one out in the first. He showed good hands and had a relaxed stance in the box.
 
7/16/2009 9:11:43 PM

Team Alabama 15U lived up to its name this morning at Chattahoochee HS. Three pitchers combined for a no-hitter and four Alabamians stood out on offense in a 12-0 win over the East Cobb Rangers.

RHP George Salem (2012, Vaestavia HS, AL), RHP Hunter Soleymani (2012, Pelham HS, AL), and RHP Justin Hathcock (2012, Fairhope HS, AL) combined for four innings of no-hit ball.

Salem, pitched the first two frames, works quick and located his fastball well, topping out at 84 mph. He also accounted for two of Alabama's 12 runs, going 1-for-1 with a walk and a 2-RBI double.

SS Nick Masonia (2011, Brooks HS, AL) also swung well offensively, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, one of which brought home two runs in the second inning.

3B Dylan Smith (2012, Clay-Chalkville HS, AL) and C Ian Rice (2012, Madison Academy, AL) both went 2-for-2. Smith had a single and a 2-RBI double, while Rice had two singles.
 
7/16/2009 7:18:00 PM

1B Erik Danser (2011, Cherokee HS, NJ) lead the way offensively for the Tri-State Arsenal, going a perfect 2-for-2 in a 3-1 win over the East Cobb Patriots this morning at Chattahoochee HS.

Danser battled at the plate and tallied a walk and two singles, one of which brought in two insurance runs for the Arsenal.

For East Cobb, LF Matt Kinny (2011, Blessed Trinity, GA) was stellar, managing three singles to go 3-for-4 and scoring the lone Patriots.
 
7/16/2009 7:17:59 PM

RHP Sam Bragg (2011, Wheeler HS, GA) touched 88 mph in his outing today at Pope HS, helping the East Cobb Titans to a 14-1 victory over the Naturals.

Bragg threw four innings and gave up one run on two hits, ranging between 86-88 on his fastball and 79-81 on his change up.

Also, EH Evan East (2011, Fairhope HS, GA) was stellar at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles and 2 RBI, and RF Justin Motley (2011, Hillgrove HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
 
7/16/2009 5:51:52 PM

Delaware Diamonds RHP Kenny Thomas (2011, St. George's HS, DE)  topped out at 85 mph in a 6-2 win over the Dayton Dogders this morning at Kell HS.

Through six innings, Thomas allowed two runs on three hits and posted 12 strikeouts, hurling a firm moving fastball along with a 71-mph curve.

Also in the game, 2B Christian Schafferman (2011, Dickson HS, DE) went perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double. LF Alex Zwier (2011, Caravel HS, DE) had a good day too, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/16/2009 5:41:09 PM

Indiana Mustangs RHP Christian Montgomery (2011, Lawrence Central HS, IN) touched 94 mph and went 3-for-3 with a pair of 2-RBI doubles, a RBI single, and a sacrifice, amounting for six RBI.

Montgomery, who could be mistaken for a young C.C. Sabathia or a younger Prince Fielder, had a effortless delivery on the mound and showed some arm-side run on his fastball, which sat between 88-93.

Through 2 1/3 innings, he allowed four runs on three hits and totaled three strikeouts.
 
7/16/2009 5:29:35 PM

Both the Bowie Broncos and the Midwest Balzers brought out their best wood this afternoon at Kell HS. Two Broncos and two Blazers registered multi-hits games. Here is the rundown:

    • Broncos SS Tanner Herbert (2012, Lake Charles HS, LA) went 2-for-4 with two singles. He also showed aggressive base running, swiping two bags.

    • Broncos 1B Hunter Devall (2012, Zachary HS, LA) looked good as a switch hitter, going 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI triple.

    • Balzers CF Conner Vredveld (2011, Lakeside Lutheran HS, WI) was solid offensively, hitting a single, a double, and a triple to go 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

    • Blazers RF Tony Grannis (2011, Madison La Follette HS, WI) went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple, showcasing his contact approach.

Also of note: Devall closed out the Bronco's 6-5 win, pitching one inning and allowing no hits. He also hit 85 mph and had a live, loose arm. One of his scouting notes read: "Comes right after you."
 
7/16/2009 5:07:05 PM

Here are a few notable plate performances from today's action thus far:

    • Mid-Atlantic Mets 3B Matt Hockaday (2011, John Carroll HS, MD) drove in half of his team's runs this morning in a 7-4 loss to the Ceutex Buzz at Walton HS, going 1-for-3 with a 2-RBI single. Also, Buzz 1B Matthew Kent (2011, Midway HS, TX) and 2B Greg Bostick (Bruceville Eddy HS, TX) both went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

    • NY Gothams CF Luis Toval (2010, George Washington HS, NY) had a perfect day the plate against the Frederick Hustlers at Kell HS, going 2-for-2 with two singles and a RBI.

    • Big Hitter Diamond Stars 3B Alek Ferbet (2011, Seckman HS, MO) was perfect against the Florida Bombers Blue Sox. He went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk. Also, 1B Trey Meier (2011, Seckman HS, MO) went 2-for-4 with two singles.
 
7/16/2009 2:17:44 PM

In a game played yesterday afternoon at Walton HS, Team Georgia defeated the Browns Mill Barons 7-2. Team Georgia's offense was led by Hunter Thomas (2011, Chattahoochee HS, GA) and Alex Close (2011, Milton HS, GA). Hunter displayed his bat speed quickness by going 2-3 including a 2B and 2 RBI from the lead-off spot. Alex showed his impressive power and bat speed by hitting a two run homer to help seal the victory for Team Georgia.

Team Georgia got it done on the mound with a combined two hitter from starter Mitchell Anderson (2011, Marist HS, GA) and reliever Dimitri Kourtis (2011, Alpharetta HS, GA). Mitchell tossed five innings, allowing only one hit and two runs. Mitchell featured a fastball which topped at 81mph and a tight breaking 11-5 curveball that stifled the Barons bats. Dimitri threw two perfect innings to close out the victory for Team Georgia. He featured a fastball that topped at 80mph and a mid to high 60's slurve. By changing speeds and pounding the zone, Dimitri had significant sucess. Team Georgia is now 2-0 and will play at 4:30 this afternoon at the complex against Cane's South 16s.

 
 
7/16/2009 12:50:13 PM

NVTBL Stars-White CF Matt Kianka (2011, Paul VI HS, VA) had an outstanding day at the plate against Chain Baseball Gold, going 2-for-3 with a pair of triples and a walk.

Kianka had good hands and stayed inside to crush one of his three-baggers to right field. He also showed some speed on the base paths.

Winning RHP Tyler Fraizer (2011, South County HS, VA) also contributed greatly, gong 2-for-4 with two singles and a sacrifice fly to right.
 
7/16/2009 9:40:42 AM

Last night the game at Kell High School between the Panhandle Indians and San Diego Show was a battle that came down to the very last at bats. After Panhandle tied the game at 2-2 in the top half of the 6th Show third baseman Cory Oswalt (2012, Madison HS, CA) led off the bottom of the inning with a single. A well executed sacrifice by Michael Jordan (2011, Murietta Valley, CA) moved Cory into scoring position. Then with the game hanging in the balance Jesse Hernandez (2010, Bonita Vista HS, CA) delivered with a single to drive in the winning run from second and the Show walked off with a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The comeback earned Show reliever Miguel Silva (2010, Hilltop HS, CA)  the victory and moved the Show to a 2-0 record so far in pool play.

More updates to come!
 
7/16/2009 9:12:00 AM

The hits keep coming for several young players here at the WWBA 16U National Championships. Here are a few of the many outstanding offensive outings from Wednesday:

    • Tri-State Arsenal Grey 1B Steve Markus (2010, Messenger Bonner HS, PA) went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles, a walk, and a RBI against the US Baseball Stars at 9 a.m. at Kell HS. Markus a good looking hitter with some power potential.

    • Two Action Baseball Club players went 2-for-2 against the Georgia Royals at Alpharetta HS. RF Collin Chapman (2011, Leander HS, TX) had two singles and EH Kyle Rodriguez (2011, Round Rock HS, TX) posted a 2-RBI single in the first inning, and a 3-RBI double in the second. Also in the same game, Georgia Royals EH Jessie Minter (2011, Creekside HS, GA) batted 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a stolen base.

    • Franklin Outlaws CF Markus Betts (2011, Overton HS, TN) went 2-for-3 with two singles and a stolen base. Betts showed solid base-running instincts and had a good up-the-middle swing.

    • Mass Pride LF Justin Harding (2011, Bishop Stang HS, MA) and 2B Chad McIntosh (2011, Bristol Plymouth HS, MA) both recorded two hits against the Homeplate Chili Dogs during the 11:30 p.m. game at Sequoyah HS. Harding went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk. McIntosh went 2-for-3 with two singles as well. Also Chili Dogs RF Lee Brown (2011, East Coweta HS, GA) batted 2-for-3 with a 2-RBI single and a RBI double.
 
Wednesday, July 15
7/17/2009 3:10:17 PM

Here are a few more great hitting performances from today:

    • BL Bombers SS Evan McNeal (2012, Shelby County HS, AL) and 1B Chad Greene (2012, Oak Mountain HS, AL) both went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in a 4-8 win over the East Cobb Patriots  this afternoon at Campbell. EH Taylor Lindsey (2012, Columbia HS, AL) went 2-for-4 with a single and a clutch 2-RBI double.

    • NY Gothams 3B Jhosse Estrella (2011, Lehman HS, NY) went 2-for-4 with a single and a double during a 12-2 win over the Dayton Dodgers at Etowah HS. He showed some speed running down the line to first in his first at-bat. SS Isaac Forman (2010, Beacon HS, NY) also hit well against the Dodgers, going 2-for-4 with a single and a 2-RBI double.

    • Georgia Sox CF Max Mason (2011, North Cobb HS, GA) had an outstanding day offensively, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two home runs and a single. Both of Mason's homers were of the lead-off variety. He also had a RBI single. Sox EH Avery Cross (2011, North Cobb HS, GA) also was impressive, going 2-for-3 with two base hits.

    • Southeast Michigan Rebels XH Dominik Corredino (2011, Wayne Memorial HS, MI) showed some alleyway power, going 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a RBI double.

    • Primetime SFYA Florda Bombers EH Alex Leighton (2011, American Heritage HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two base hits in a 4-1 win over the North Shore Royals this afternoon at Etowah HS.

    • The Florida Mustangs had four players tally multi-hit games in a 13-2 win over the NVTBL Stars-Red. SS Addison Russell (2012, Pace HS, FL) showed some serious tools at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two singles and two doubles.
    CF Devonte Taylor (2011, Pace HS, FL) flashed some pop for a lead-off hitter. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI single and a 2-RBI homer. 3B Trent Higginbothem (2011, Pace HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with a 2-RBI single and a RBI double.
    And LF Sam Bass (2011, Crestview HS, FL) went 2-for-2 with two singles and a sacrifice bunt.

    • NVTBL Stars-Red CF Chad Carroll (2011, Gonzaga College, VA) was a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with a double, a single, and a RBI triple.

    • North Shore Royals CF Jim Briggs (2010, Lindenhurst HS, NY) went 2-for-3 with a pair of base hits in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Waves.

    • Baltimore Waves 3B Andrew Connors (2011, Old Mills HS, MD) went 2-for-3 with a RBI double and a single.
 
7/16/2009 7:05:00 PM

LHP Andrew Barkley (2011, Halls HS, TN) threw four innings of scoreless ball for the Knoxville Impact-Adidas, earning a 13-0 triumph this afternoon at Dominion Christian HS.

Barkley allowed just one hit, which came in the fourth. Baltimore Waves P Arnold Capute (2012, Friends School Baltimore, MD) hit a lead-off single to spoil the potential no-hitter.

Barkley has a whippy arm and good movement on his fastball, which topped out at 81 mph. He also has good action on his 70-mph slider.

Knoxville had some production offensively as well. Barkley went 2-for-2 with two singles, and both EH Brayn Evanhart (2011, Greeneville HS, TN) and LF Cory Payne (2011, Powell HS, TN) also went 2-for-2. Evanhart smacked a double and a RBI single, and Payne laced two singles.

3B Colby Skeen (2012, Powell HS, TN) contributed to Knoxville's offensive burst as well, going 2-for-3 with two doubles to drive in 4 RBI.


 
7/16/2009 6:40:19 PM

Both the Triple Threat Bearcats and Chain Baseball Gold 15U swung some hot wood this afternoon at South Cobb HS.

Five players recorded multi-hit games in the 9-7 Bearcats victory. Here's the list:

    • Chain SS DeShaun Todd (2012, LaGrange HS, GA) was perfect, going 2-for-2 with a double, a single, and two walks.

    • Chain C Jacob Boccucci (2012, LaGrande Academy, GA) hit a three-run homer in addition to two singles to go 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.

    • Bearcats LF Steve Duffy (2012, LaSalle HS, PA) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, showing good bat speed at the plate.

    • Bearcats 3B Roger Collins (2011, Methacton HS, PA) also went 2-for-3 with two singles and had good bat speed.

    • Bearcats 1B Casey Miller (2012, Oley HS, PA) went 2-for-2 with two singles, driving in 3 RBI.
 
7/16/2009 6:19:30 PM

Georgia Blue Jays RHP Carson Black (2011, Hillgrove HS, GA) through a complete game shutout this afternoon against the the Deleware Diamonds at Dominion Christian HS.

Black attacked hitters for seven innings, giving up just one hit and tallying three strikeouts. His only hit allowed came in the fourth inning courtesy of Diamonds SS Brock Niggebrugge (2011, Caravel HS, DE), who smacked a lead-off double.

Black showed some run on his fastball, which ranged between 78-81 mph.
 
7/16/2009 6:09:34 PM

RHP Mike Cranston (2011, Governor Livingston HS, NJ) tossed a completed game shutout for the South Bergen Mets, beating Florida Diamond Pros Black, 5-0, this morning at Chattahoochee HS.

Cranston, who works quick, hits his spots, and gets ahead in the count, topped out at 80 mph and allowed just five hits through seven innings.
 
7/16/2009 4:05:02 PM

LHP John Hochstatter (2011, San Ramon Valley HS, CA) and RHP Chaz Meadows (2011, Clayton Valley HS, CA) both hit 84 mph against Palm Beach Elite this morning at South Poly.

Hochstatter, who pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits, had a low effort delivery and a fastball that snuck up on hitters. He also managed to keep batters of balance with a loopy 69-mph curve.

Meadows pitched the final two innings against Palm Beach and had a quick move to first.
 
7/16/2009 3:52:24 PM

LF Dillon Joyner (2011, Louisburg HS, NC) and 3B Trevor Kelley (2011, Ashley HS, NC) lead the way offensively for the Carolina Cubs in their 4-0 win over Knoxville Baseball Development.

Joyner went 1-for-3, ripping a two-run home run to left-center in the second inning, and Kelley swung well also, going 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI triple.

Cubs RHP Tyler Barnett (2010, Hickory HS, NC) also put his talent on display, tossing a complete two-hit shutout. Barnett had good movement on his fastball, which topped out at 86 mph and sat between 83-86, and had good command of his curve too.
 
7/16/2009 3:35:03 PM

RHP Scott Moses (2011, McMinn Central HS, TN) recorded a five-inning, three-hit shutout for the Knoxville Stars Wednesday evening at Southern Poly.

Moses topped out at 82 mph and located both his curve and fastball, which sat between 78-82. He also fielded his position well, getting of the mound to make an out at first.

On offense, Moses had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a RBI.

C JD Cowart (2011, McMinn Central HS, TN) was stellar as well, going 3-for-3 with two singles, a double, and 3 RBI.

 
7/16/2009 3:18:35 PM

Palm Beach County brought out the bats against the Hammond Seminoles Tuesday evening at Sprayberry HS.

1B Robert Hietanen (2011, Park Vista HS, FL) flashed some power against the 'Noles, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, and a single.

Meanwhile, RF Ryan Harris (2011, Jupiter HS, FL) and 3B Kyle Smith (2011, Santaluces HS, FL) both went 2-for-3. Harris smacked two singles, and Smith posted a double and a single.

C Taylor Gushue (2012, Calvary Christian HS, FL) went 2-for-4 with two singles and showed good hand and bat speed.

On the mound, RHP Joseph Guerrero (2011, Cardinal Newman HS, FL) held the Seminoles scoreless in the seventh inning, topping out at 84 mph and displaying good form and good arm position.
 
7/16/2009 1:07:20 PM

Here are a couple noteworthy performances from the afternoon game between the Florida Hardballers and the On Deck O's-Orange at Alpharetta HS:

    • Hardballers RHP Ben Joseph (2011, Buchholz HS, FL) hit 88 mph in relief, pitching the final inning of a 4-1 win. Joseph sat between 86-87 and also had a hard-spinning 12-6, 78-mph curve.

    • Both  3B Josh Stewart (2011, PK Young HS, FL) and C Steven Fisher (Gainesville HS, FL) went 2-for-3 for the Hardballers. Stewart tallied a single and a double and Fisher hit back-to-back singles.

    • On Deck O's 2B Jacob Dietz (2011, South Rowan HS, NC) also had solid production on offense, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
 
7/16/2009 12:17:13 PM

The Richmond Braves powered through Team Ontario Wednesday night on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex. Three Braves tallied two hits and RHP Greg Tomchick (2011, Princess Anne HS, VA) touched 86 mph in a 10-0 win.

Tomchick pitched four innings, giving up just three hits — all singles — and showed good run on his fastball, which sat between 82-85. He also had good sweeping action and a late break on his 11-5, 67-mph curve

Offensively, 2B Nick Christopher (2011, Dinwiddie HS, VA) went 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks, and SS TJ Costen (2011, First Colonial HS, VA) went 2-for-3 a double and a RBI single.

 
7/16/2009 11:51:45 AM

Offense certainly wasn't a rarity during the 4:30 game at Blessed Trinity HS between the Chattanooga Cyclones and the Tri-State Arsenal.

Arsenal LF Tyler Hinchliffe (2011, Timber Creek HS, NJ) had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4-for-4 (all singles) with two stolen bases.

C Brian Beyer (2011, Truman HS, PA), 1B Eric Barbieri (Cherokee HS, NJ) and DH Erik Danser (2011, Cherokee HS, NJ) all went 2-for-3. Beyer had a single and a RBI double while Barbieri and Danser both posted two singles.

RF Domenick Montanaro (2010, Egg Harbor Twp HS, NJ) contributed as well, going 2-for-4 with two singles.

Meanwhile, three hitters recorded two hits for the Cyclonges as well. 3B Jeff Burke (2011, Baylor HS, TN) went 2-for-4 with two singles, and C Damien Dematteo (2011, Soddy Daisy HS, TN) and RF Dillon McKinney (2011, Meigs County HS, TN) went 2-for-2.

Tri-State Aresenal RHP Kevin Commer (2011, Seneca HS, NJ) also touched 88 mph and showed good movement on his fastball along with good mechanics.

 
7/16/2009 11:21:44 AM

Mac-N-Seitz C Nathan Arnold (2011, St. Mary's Colgan HS, KS) and EH Grant LaTerza (2011, Rockhurst HS, KS) both recorded two hits against Top Prospects National this afternoon at Kell HS in a 8-3 win.

Arnold smacked two doubles to go 2-for-3 on the day, and LaTerza was a perfect 2-for-2 with a single and a two-run homer.
 
7/16/2009 11:13:31 AM

EH Stryker Trahan (2012, Acadiana HS, TX) lead the way offensively for the SE Texas Sun Devils in 10-3 win over the Mentium Athletics at Sequoyah HS.

Trahan went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, a RBI triple, and two walks. 1B Hommy Rosado (2010, Lake Charles Barbe HS, LA) also contributed, going 1-for-3 with a RBI double and a walk.

DH Trae Davis (2010, Mexia HS, TX) went 1-for-2 with a two-run jack in the third inning, and Brandtly Wilson (2012, Monsigor Kelly HS, TX) added, going 1-for-1 with a 2-RBI double and a RBI walk.

On the mound, RHP Caleb Kellogg (2010, Bridge City HS, TX) hit 87 mph, going five innings and allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts. Kellog has a quick-paced delivery, a good finish, and works the inner half of the plate.

He also has good velocity on his 10-4 slider, which came in between 74-78 mph and has potential to be a strikeout pitch with improvement.
 
7/16/2009 10:21:02 AM

Both the Orlando Baseball Academy and the Diamond Devils Black brought out the wood this afternoon on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex.

Orlando CF Dylan Dillard (2011, Osceola HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two singles and 3B Michael Tomlinson (2011, Winter Park HS, FL) went a perfect 2-for-2 with two single and two walks, displaying a good contact approach at the plate.

For the Diamond Devils, CF Bobby Ison (2011, Stratford HS, SC) was perfect, going 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. Meanwhile, SS Billy Motroni (2011, Stratford HS, SC) batted 2-for-3, smacking two singles.
 
7/16/2009 10:06:27 AM

RHP John Gualt (2011, Calvary Baptist Academy, LA) went the distance for the CRBA Phillies this afternoon on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex, giving up one run on five hits through seven innings.

Gault touched 87 mph and sat between 80-86, showing little effort in his delivery. The 6-3, 175-pound righty also mixed in a 10-4, 72-mph slider and efficiently pitched through some mild rain.

SS Jared Lupo (2011, Calvary Baptist Academy, LA) went 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles and a walk.

Offensively for the Titans, DH Zach Walters (2010, Etowah HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
 
7/16/2009 9:48:53 AM

The Diamond Devils Blue flashed some serious offense at Alpharetta HS this morning with four players tallying two hits during a 4-4 draw with the Bama Stars .

RF Wesley Camp (2011, Pelion HS, SC) and 1B Jarrod Rickman (2011, Carolina Forest HS, SC) both went 2-for-4. Camp stayed back nicely and finished with two singles while Rickman showed good bat speed and posted a single and a RBI double.

Likewise, CF Tanner English (2011, St. James HS, SC) went 2-for-3 with two singles, and LF Ben Morris (2011, R.S. Central HS, NC) batted a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a walk.

On the mound for the Diamond Devils, RHP Taylor Guerrieri (2011, North Augusta HS, SC) topped out at 89 mph and sat between 83-88. In additon to a heavy fastball, Guerrieri showed a sharp 11-5, 78-mph curve and had clean mechanics.
 
7/16/2009 9:27:55 AM

Florida Bombers Blue Sox DH AJ Connaugton (2011, Nova HS, FL) went 3-for-3 against the Homeplate Chili Dogs, lacing three-straight singles to bring in 3 RBI in a 8-0 win.

At the plate, Connaugton displayed power to the opposite field and a very quick bat.

Meanwhile, RHP Corey Tufts (2011, East Ridge HS, FL) threw five scoreless innings for the Blue Sox, touching 83 mph while allowing three hits. On the mound, Tufts had a loose arm, excellent mechanics, and good mound presence.
 
7/16/2009 8:50:24 AM

Four members of the NJ Super 16 had multi-hit games against the East Cobb Cubs this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS.

1B Scott Carcaise (2010, Bishop Eustace Prep, NJ) and XH Alex Guerra (2010, Randolph HS, NJ) each were perfect at the plate. Carcaise went 3-for-3 with a single and a pair of doubles to drive in two runs, and Guerra went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.

Meanwhile, SS Josh Ake (2011, Hunterdon Central Regional HS, NJ) and RF Dan Denton (2011, Council Rock North HS, PA) both went 2-for-3. Ake smacked a single and a double while Denton had a single and a solo homer.

Also on the mound, RHP Robert Solano (2010, Notre Dame ES, NJ) hit 85 mph and showed good movement on his fastball. Solano pitched the last two innings of the game and allowed just one hit and registered two strikeouts.
 
7/16/2009 8:30:21 AM

RHP Deshaun Lake (2011, Charlotte Amalie HS, VI) and LHP Nick Delgado (2011, Southwest HS, FL) joined forces against the Brownlee Lookouts and delivered a combined no-hitter at Pope HS.

Lake, who has a big time arm and is athletic on the mound, topped out at 93 mph and sat between 89-91. Through five innings, he posted six strikeouts and three walks and faced 19 batters.

At the plate, Bombers 2B Alex Perez (2011, LaSalle HS, FL) went 2-for-3, hitting a 2 RBI double in the second inning.
 
7/16/2009 8:19:30 AM

Kentucky Baseball Club RHP Trevor Gott (2010, Tates Creek HS, KY) pitched a gem this morning at Sprayberry HS, tossing seven hitless innings against the Tri-County Bulldogs for a 4-0 win.

Gott showed good arm speed and arm action with plus command of his curve and fastball, which topped out at 88 mph. He also recorded 14 strikeouts and just one walk, which came with two outs in the third and spoiled a potential perfect game.
 
7/16/2009 7:59:08 AM

RHP Alex Satterfield (2011, Lauren Academy, SC) looked good during the Carolina Cyclones' early morning game against Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold at Campbell HS.

Satterfield allowed two runs on two hits and tallied four strikeouts through 4 1/3 innings. Early in the game, his fastball topped out at 87 mph but dropped down to 82-85 by the fourth inning.

On the mound, the 6-1, 170-pounder had a smooth, loose delivery and showed good movement on both his fastball and curve. Satterfield also located well and spotted all around the plate.

Offensively for the Cyclones, DH Bo Thompson (2011, JL Mann HS, SC) went 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a double. Thompson showed good discipline at the plate, driving a low pitch to left-center.

At the plate for the Diamond Jacks, CF Kevin Gilbert (2011, Hunterdon Central Regional HS, NJ) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, and XH/C Zach Worswick (2012, Gov. Livingston HS, NJ) batted a perfect 2-for-2, also tallying two single — one for a RBI.
 
7/15/2009 5:54:32 PM

Frederick Hustlers RHP Collin Mills (2010, Francis Scott Key HS, MD) topped out at 87 mph against the South Florida Bandits this afternoon and looked good through five innings.

Mills allowed one run on one hit and posted three strikeouts. His delivery was fluid and explosive, and he appeared to have little trouble moving around the mound to field his position.
 
7/15/2009 5:47:35 PM

The Palm Beach County Grays blanked the Northeast Jays this afternoon at Centennial HS thanks in large to RHP Ryan Pistey (2011, Park Vista HS, FL) and RHP Brian Bussell (2011, Park Vista HS, FL) who combined for a no-hitter.

Pistey opened with four good innings, showing good arm-side run on his 80-mph fastball while amassing five strikeouts. He also threw a 72-mph slider consistently over the plate and had a good curve.

Bussell also looked good in three innings of relief, tallying two strikeouts to complete the no-no.
 
7/15/2009 3:41:58 PM

Long Island Titans RHP Joe Fernandez (2010, Xaverian HS, NY) topped out at 86 mph pitching in relief during the Titans 6-4 win over the East Cobb Titans this morning at Southern Poly.

Going 2 1/3 innings, Fernandez challenged hitters with a 70-mph curve and a fastball that sat between 83-85.
 
7/15/2009 3:31:00 PM

CF Tyrone Wiggins (2011, El Capitan HS, CA) and LHP Billy Waltrip (2010, Ft. Gibson HS, OK) lead the way for the Dallas Yankees this morning during a 12-0 shutout against the Big Hitter Diamond Stars at Pope HS.

Wiggins, a 5-9, 175-pound righty hitter, was perfect in three at-bats, tallying a single, a double and a 3-RBI triple. On the bases, he showed good base-running instincts and good speed.

Meanwhile, Waltrip pitched four no-hit innings and would have posted a perfect game if not for a fielding error in the bottom of the third. His fastball showed some tailing action, topping out at 85 mph and sitting between 81-83. He also had a 73-mph change up and a 70-mph curve.
 
7/15/2009 3:17:09 PM

Junior Toppers Baseball RHP Ben Winters (2011, Fulton HS, TN) tossed a complete game shutout this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS, beating the East Cobb Shamrocks 8-0 in a five inning affair.

Winters, who topped out at 82 mph but stayed between 75-77, struck out three and allowed just one hit, which came in the beginning of the fifth inning.

Here are some his scouting notes from the game: "Strong build, uses body well, intense on mound, and works fast."
 
7/15/2009 1:46:45 PM

Josh Strong (2011, Dr Phillip HS, FL) tossed a 5 inning complete game no hit shutout for the Orlando Baseball Academy in their 8-0 victory over the NJ Mariners '12 Blue. Josh featured a high 70s to low 80s fastball which topped at 81MPH. Josh showed an impressive knowledge of pitching by mixing in a good curve and hitting some great spots with his change up.

Josh finished the game with 5IP 0H 4K 2BB and did a great job keeping the ball down as he induced 9 out of 15 outs with ground balls to go along with 4Ks he allowed only 2 fly ball outs. No doubt the sinking action on his fastball influenced several of those ground outs.

Meanwhile at the plate, the middle of the Orlando Baseball Academy order supplied all of the offense as Dylan Dillard (2011, Osceola HS, FL), Max Moroff (2012, Trinity Prep, FL) Michael Tomlinson (2011, Winter Park, FL) and Hunter Bruehl (2011, Apopka HS, FL) all had at least one hit and each scored two runs.

More updates to follow!     
 
7/15/2009 1:11:03 PM

Mizuno Braves RHP Jared Ruxer (2011, Lawrence Central HS, IN) topped out at 87 mph against NorCal East over on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex this afternoon.

The 6-2, 170-pound righty who pitches from the stretch, threw six innings of two-hit ball before being pulled in the seventh. His fastball sat between 81-86 and showed good run. Ruxer also mixed in 75-mph slider to challenge and fool hitters.

The only run he allowed came on a two-out single by NorCal East 1B Ryan Sylvia.
 
7/15/2009 12:49:09 PM

RBA RHP Kyle Henshaw (2010, New Kent HS, VA) had a no-hitter going through six innings, but a two-out double by Dirtbags C Dustin Spruill in the top of the seventh spoiled the gem.

Henshaw tallied five strikeouts while topping out at 83 mph and kept his fastball between 78-80 even late in the game. He also mixed his pitch speeds well and threw a looping 68-mph curve.
 
7/15/2009 12:25:15 PM

EJ Sports Titans 16u starting pitcher Chaz Meadows (2011, Clayton Valley High School, CA) threw five one-hit innings yesterday to earn a victory and help his team begin the tournament on a winning note in a 6-0 shutout over the East Cobb Shamrocks 15u.

Chaz showed a low to mid 80s fastball that topped at 84MPH, a sharp tight breaking curve ball was clocked in the upper 60s and a change up that showed good potential in the low 70s. An effective three pitch mix clearly helped Chaz shut down the Shamrock offense all day.

The Titans offense was paced by Casey Tulloch (2011, Redwood HS, CA) and Albert Lin (2011, Foothill HS, CA) whose back to back doubles in the 3rd inning helped seal the victory for their team.

More updates to follow!
 
7/15/2009 12:05:44 PM

Quite a few hurlers threw well during yesterday's pool games, and here are a few youngsters that caught our eye:

    • Frederick Hustlers RHP Marco Cardon (2011, Smithsburg HS, MD) gave up one run on one hit through three innings and hit 85 mph in a 6-5 win over the Delaware Diamonds. Cardon's fastball had good arm-side run, and his 12-6, 71-mph curve had sharp rotation.

    • In the same game, Delaware Diamonds RHP Dan Johnson (2011, Brandywine HS, DE) flashed an 84-mph fastball and a 70-mph spinning curve against the Frederick Hustlers. Johnson's fastball sat between 77-82.

    • LHP Cameron Ellis (2010 Durant HS, FL) and LHP Brett Nizamoff (2011, Plant City HS, FL) both touched 84 mph during a 5-3 loss to Action Baseball Club 16U at Dominion Christian HS. Ellis had a loose, whipy arm, a good pick-off move, and show good aggressiveness on the mound. Nizamoff had deceptive delivery and a good sweeping 74-mph curve.
 
7/15/2009 11:12:30 AM

To catch you up on Tuesday's action here are a few of the top pitching performances of the day:

    • Jacksonville Heat RHP Elliot Warford (2011, Poine Vedra HS, FL) touched 84 mph against the Mizuno Braves, posting eight strikeouts and allowing two hits through seven innings in a 5-0 win. Warford exhibited good command of both his running fastball and 65-mph curve, mixed up his pitch speeds well, and showed good poise on the rubber

    • Mentium Athletics LHP Jacob Beauchamp (2011 Brookwood HS, GA) managed 12 strikeouts in a 3-2 complete-game victory over the Florida Bombers Bruins. Beauchamp hit 78 mph and only allowed two runs on two hits (a single and a double).

    • Georgia Blue Jays RHP Ben Lumsden (2011, Hillgrove HS, GA) shut down the Dayton Dodgers through four innings, surrendering two hits and no runs while collecting six strikeouts. Topping out at 86, Lumsden sat between 82-85 mph and had good arm-side run on his fastball. He also showed good, balanced mechanics and a good thrower's mentality.

    • South Charlotte Panthers RHP Nick Silva (2011, Wake Forest Rolesville HS, NC) tossed five exceptional innings against the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold. Silva gave up one run on two hits and tallied three strikeouts. He also hit 86 mph and sat between 82-84 throughout. At 5-11, 150 pounds, Silva doesn't have a very large frame but does have exceptional command and instincts on the mound in addition to a 76-mph slider.
 
Tuesday, July 14
7/17/2009 8:40:28 AM

LF Billy Vaughn (2011, Hoggard HS, NC) and 3B Justin Manning (2011, Holly Springs HS, NC) both went 2-for-3 for the Carolina Cubs this morning against the East Cobb Cubs.

Vaughn had two singles and Manning had a single and a 2-RBI double
 
7/16/2009 7:35:25 AM

The Dirtbags

RHP Jason Creasy (2011, Clayton HS, NC) and RHP Henry Rundio (2011, North Gastin HS, NC) combined for four innings of no-hit ball, while C Connor Andrus (2011, RJ Reynolds HS, NC) and 1B George Carter (2011, Grimsley HS, NC) both went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate.

Creasy's fastball sat between 84-86 mph, and his curve showed good break. The lanky 6-3, 160-pound hurler has a live arm, sound mechanics, and good balance, and he also drives downhill well.

Meanwhile, Carter and Andrus propelled the Dirtbags offensively. Andrus tallied two single while Carter smacked a grand slam in the bottom of the second to give his team a quick 8-0 advantage.
 
7/15/2009 7:47:49 PM

Quite a few youngsters had great offensive outings Tuesday evening. Here is a quick round up of what happened:

    • Chain Baseball Black 1B Stephen Eldridge (2010 Northside HS, GA) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in a 3-4 win over the Florida Mustangs at Oglethorpe. In the same game, Mustangs RHP Trent Higginbothem (2011, Pace HS, FL) went 2-for-3 with two singles.

    • Two CBC Diamond Rats had dual-hit games in a 7-8 victory over the Triple Threat Bearcats. C LJ Newman (2011, Wren HS, SC) and 1B Hunter Conley (2011, Hopewell HS, NC) both went 2-for-3 with a double and single, plating three combined runs.

    • Hammond Seminoles RF Mike Dobosz (2011, Giffith HS, IN) went 2-for-3 with a single and a RBI double during the 'Noles' 1-2 loss to the NVTBL Stars White. Dobosz is a good contact hitter and has a good swing.

    • Three South Florida Bandits hitters had multi-hit games against the NY Gothams at Sprayberry HS. 2B Sarkis Ohanian (2011, North Borward Prep, FL) went 2-for-3 with a pair of single, while both C Tyler Fortanascio (2011, St. Joseph's Regional HS, NJ) and LF Greg Trapani (2012, Barron Collier HS, FL) both went a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of singles
 
7/15/2009 5:35:57 PM

Two players stood out during the Mac-N-Seitz 4-3 win over the Cincy Flames Tuesday afternoon.

Mac-N-Seitz RHP Nathan Arnold (2011, St. Mary's Colgan HS, KS) hit 88 mph and looked very polished against the Flames, giving up just one hit over two innings.

For Cincy, C Kyle Schwarber (2011, Middletown HS, OH) registered a 1.920 pop time and went 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
 
7/15/2009 4:26:19 PM

NorCal East David Rosenberger (2012, Allentown Central Catholic HS, PA) recorded 11 strikeouts in a scoreless draw against RBA 16U at Walton HS this morning.

Through seven innings, Rosenberger allowed four hits — three single and a double — and hit between 80-81 mph on the radar gun. He also flashed a 1-7, 67-mph curve and found the zone for strikes.
 
7/15/2009 4:07:31 PM

Florida Bombers RHP Alex Viera (2011, Golden Gate HS, FL) pitched a 2-0 complete game shutout against the Homeplate Chili Dogs North Cobb Christian HS this morning.

Viera allowed three singles and a double through seven innings, compiling four strikeouts and one walk. His fastball topped out at 86 mph and ranged between 84-85.
 
7/15/2009 2:27:47 PM

LHP Adam Purcilly (2009, Avondale, MI) only needed five innings to complete a gem at Fellowship Christian HS this afternoon.

Purcilly allowed just two hits (a pair of singles) in a 8-0 win for the South Oakland A's. The 6-0, 170-pound stretch pitcher faced 19 hitters — two over the minimum.
 
7/15/2009 2:20:51 PM

Three Team Elite pitchers put together a gem against the St. Louis Pirates over at Southern Poly Tuesday afternoon.

RHP Jake Burnett (2011, Buford HS, GA) gave up just one hit  and struck out three through six innings of work. Burnett displayed good command of his fastball, which topped out at 83 mph and ranged between 78-82.

In relief, RHP Jordan Hillyer (2012, Hebron Christian HS, GA) closed out the shutout, hitting 81 mph in the process.
 
7/15/2009 2:08:49 PM

The Indiana Mustangs showed some serious horsepower in a 8-0 triumph over the Big Hitter Diamond Stas at Chattahoochee HS Tuesday afternoon.

CF Derek Asuras (2011, Noblesville HS, IN) and C Michael Conner (2011, Carmel HS, IN) both went 2-for-4  with 1 RBI and EH Brandon Wind (2011, Lawrence Central HS, IN) was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI.

Asuras had a good two-strike hitting approach and made good read on base paths. Similarly, Connor showed aggressiveness at the plate and had good base running instincts while Wind had good hands and a good bat.

On the rubber, LHP Madison Foster (2012, Park Tubor HS, IN) gave up just one hit through five innings and tallied four strikeouts against the Diamond Stars.

RHP Beau Bowen (2011, Carmel HS, IN) finished Foster's shutout in the sixth, retiring the side in order — the last two hitters by strikeout. Bowen's fastball topped out at 84 mph and showed good movement.
 
7/15/2009 12:25:22 PM

Tri-State Arsenal RHP Shane Taylor (2010, Clearview HS, NJ) threw five strong innings in a 8-1 win over the Orlando Scorpions Purple on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Totaling four strikeouts and allowing one run on the only three hits given up by Tri-State, Taylor topped out at 89 mph and threw a tight, late-breaking 81-mph slider. His fastball sat between 84-88 and showed some good arm-side run as well.
 
7/15/2009 10:30:50 AM

RHP Ryan Harris (2011, Jupiter HS, FL) finished what RHP Kyle Smith (2011, Santaluces HS, FL) started at Sequoyah HS, tallying three-straight Ks in the top of the seventh to close out a one-hit, 3-0 shutout victory for the Palm Beach County PAL.

Smith, who hit 88 mph, breezed through the Chain Baseball Gold 15U lineup, managing 14 strike outs and allowing just one hit — a single in the second. Through six innings, the 6-0, 150-pound hurler showed clean mechanics, good balance, and mixed in his 77-mph slider well.

In the seventh, Harris dominated, using his arm strength and power to zip low-90s fastballs by Chain's No. 10, 11, and 1 hitters. He topped out at 93 mph and sat between 89-92 and had a straight 72-mph change and a 76-mph 10-4 curve.


 
7/15/2009 10:04:32 AM

RHP Pete Nagel (2011, Metter HS, GA)  posted 11 strike outs in six innings of work for Round Trip Baseball 2, touching 87 mph throughout.

Mid-Atlantic Mets RHP Will Bouey (2011, Sherwood HS, MD) also dialed it up, hitting 88 and ranging between 81-87. In addition to his heater, Bouey showed great demeanor on the mound and had a nasty 80-mph split fastball.
 
7/15/2009 9:45:57 AM

Richmond Braves National '11 LHP Josh Inghram (2011, Grassfield HS, VA) and PONY Express RHP Kyle Rupe (2011, Perry Meridian HS, IN) battled down to the wire during the 2 p.m. game at Sprayberry HS.

Rupe pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out five. The 5-11, 170-pound pitcher/shortstop also displayed good arm and arm speed, topping out at 87 mph and sitting between 83-85.

Meanwhile, Inghram, who went the distance for the Braves, tallied 10 strike outs and surrendered just two hits — both singles. In the game, he had good arm whip and a smooth, fluid motion with good run on his 85-mph fastball.
 
7/15/2009 9:21:00 AM

2011 On Deck O's-Black RHP Chris McCue (2011, Providence Day School, NC)  struck out three straight batters (one looking) to close out a 3-3 tie against the Browns Mill Barons.

Hitting 88 mph, McCue is a mechanically sound pitcher, who showed good command of both his fastball and his 67-mph curve.

Standing 5-8 at 155 pounds, McCue doesn't have your prototypical pitcher's build. But he does boast a big arm and a 85-87 mph range on his heater.
 
7/15/2009 9:03:46 AM

RHP Matt Goreham (2011, Catholic Memorial HS, MA) threw seven solid innings for the SSBC Seadogs, striking out 14 hitters — nearly two every inning — in a 4-1 win over the Florida Pokers.

Sitting between 83-86 mph and topping out at 87, Goreham utilized his fastball to get ahead of hitters and managed to keep them off balance with a 77-mph slider, which displayed a sharp downward break.

The 6-3, 230-pound pitcher also uses his body well and shows a competitive aggressiveness on the mound.
 
7/14/2009 7:29:51 PM

Parents, fans, and scouts who attended the 11:30 game at Sprayberry HS got to see four solid young pitchers compete.

Three hurlers for the FTB Clap Bat threw 83 mph or better, while US Baseball Stars RHP Christian Morris (2012, Williston HS, FL) topped out at 87.

Morris, who showed good arm action and good arm speed, pitched the first two innings and sat between 82-84 mph.

For FTB Clap Bat, RHP Jose Ortega (2011, Lake Howell HS, FL) reached 83 with good movement on his fastball during four innings of work and also had good bite on 68-mph curve.

However, LHP Bryan Rivera (2011, Puerto Rico Academy, FL) and RHP Gabe Rivera (2011, Hagerty HS, FL) both hit 84 and displayed good arm action and arm speed.


 
7/14/2009 6:57:39 PM

LHP Jake Cave (2011, Hampton Christian HS, VA) went the distance for the Canes North 16s but couldn't come away with the win against the BigStix Gamers, instead settling for a 1-1 tie.

Through seven innings, Cave faced just three batters over the minimum, surrendering one run on three hits while totaling eight strike outs. The 6-0, 170-pound southpaw also touched 90 mph and stayed in the upper 80s well into the seventh inning, peaking at 89.
 
7/14/2009 5:58:00 PM

Alabama Heat starting pitcher Cameron Carleton (2011, Dadeville High School, Dadeville AL) threw five no hit one run innings in a masterful performance at East Cobb Field #3. Cameron struck out 11 batters, while allowing only four walks and no hits. Jake Hester then pitched the 6th and struck out all 3 batters faced. Jake McWhirter pitched the 7th and stuck out one to complete the no hitter.

Cameron kept hitters off balance with a very good curve to supplement his 84-90MPH fastball. His breaking ball came in between 66-69MPH, and that combination of movement and velocity differential can help lead to dominating performances like the one witnessed at the Complex tonight.

More updates to follow...stay tuned!     
 
7/14/2009 5:51:47 PM

A quick note about posting wraps and blogs:

Game summaries (or "wraps" as we like call them) of each game played at the WWBA 16U National Championship will be posted on the WWBA website in as timely fashion as possible.

The main challenge in doing wraps and posting live scouting blogs is that both are done from one central location — the East Cobb Complex.

While game scores can be called in and immediately posted online, there is a significant delay between the time games are completed and the time a score sheet is turned in to the tower since all but four fields (three at East Cobb plus Kell HS) are located several miles away.

Throw in midday bumper-to-bumper traffic headaches, and you're talking about a significant hurdle preventing us from complying with the fast-paced 24-hour news cycle.

So thank you for your patience. We're working hard to meet your demand for premium content.
 
7/14/2009 5:12:03 PM

Aside from huge offensive burst against the Teal Ravens, the Orlando Scorpions Gray got a solid relief outing out of young RHP Jon Sandfort (2012, Winter Springs HS, FL).

Despite allowing a pair of runs on one hit, Sandfort closed out a 16-5 Scorpions win and reached 87 mph in the process.

Tall and lanky at 6-4, 200 pounds, the Sunshine State native has a smooth windup with a big kick delivery. He also manages to catch hitters off guard with a 74-mph Frisbee slider that shows a lot of movement.

Sandfort can also mash the ball from the other side of the plate. He went 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI against the Ravens.

Similarly, DH Miguel Frias (2012, Lyman HS, FL) looked good on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles — both of which accounted for 3 RBI.
 
7/14/2009 4:41:00 PM

SS/RHP Michael Papi (2011, Tunkhannock Area HS, PA) hit 89 mph during two relief innings to help the East Coast Grays edge the East Cobb Dodgers, 7-4.

Throwing mostly fastballs that flash occasional arm-side run, Papi managed four strike outs but was a bit wild. He walked four batters and allowed runners to advance on two wild pitches.

However, standing at 6-2 and 180 pounds, Papi certainly possesses some untapped potential and should get better in the next couple years.
 
7/14/2009 4:09:43 PM

Nearly halfway through the first day of the 16U tournament, LHP Philip Pfeifer (2011, Farragut HS, TN) undoubtedly stands as 'the hardest throwing lefty seen thus far' with a little over 20 games left to be completed.

Touching 91 mph while sitting between 84-89, Pfeifer scorched through the Best 9 Angels lineup, tallying 16 strike outs and allowing just two runs on four hits in a 10-2 win for the Knoxville Stars.

Pfeifer's fastball had good arm-side run, and the big 6-0, 175-pound pitcher/first baseman also possesses a tight-spinning, 73-mph curve with a small 1-7 break.
 
7/14/2009 2:12:16 PM

The East Cobb Astros 15u showed some serious offensive firepower in their first game of the tournament defeating the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks 16u Black by a score of 12-1.

While many Astro players had good games there were two excellent performances which deserve special mention. Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, Acworth GA) and Jared Walsh (2011, Peachtree Ridge HS, Duluth GA) really led the offensive charge for the Astros.

Matt went 3-3, 2 1Bs, 2B, BB, 3R, 2RBI and was the first run to score in the game for the Astros. Jared finished a triple short of the cycle going 3-3, 1B, 2B, HR, BB, R, 3RBI. These two helped pace the Astros offense in their 12-1 victory.

More updates to come soon!     
 
7/14/2009 1:41:33 PM

Two East Cobb Astros combined for eight outstanding at-bats this morning on Field 1 at the Complex.

RF Jared Walsh (2011, Peachtree Ridge HS, GA) and SS Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, GA) each went 3-for-3 with a walk in a 12-1 victory over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black.

Gonzalez posted two singles, a double, and three RBI during the contest. Meanwhile, Walsh belted a single, a double, and a homer to bring in four runs against the Diamond Jacks.

At the plate, Gonzalez stands in with a quiet approach geared towards hitting to the opposite field (he laced two of his three hits to right fielding, including his double in the third inning, which found its way into the right-center-field gap).

However, Walsh is little more active in the batter's box as a lefty but displays patience, excellent bat speed, and oppo power potential. His two-run dinger went sailing over the left-field fence in the fourth.
 
7/14/2009 11:21:42 AM

RHP Mike Ford (2010, Hun School of Princeton, NJ) tossed five scoreless innings for the NJ Super 16 in a 10-0 victory over the Orlando Reds, hitting 87 mph along the way.

The 6-0, 190-pound hurler tallied two strikeouts, no walks, and allowed just three hits — a pair of singles and a double — facing just one batter over the minimum.

Ford utilized a 10-4, 73-mph slurve and a 76-mph change up to keep hitters off balance and fielded his position well on two grounders to the mound.

He also showed some power at the plate, launching a 2-RBI homer in the top of the first that gave NJ Super 16 and early 2-0 lead.


 
7/14/2009 11:03:35 AM

With all of the morning games in the books we can update you all on the action. The most notable performance thus far was a combined no hitter thrown by starter Joseph Barbera (2010, Wellington HS, FL) and reliever Thomas Kirchner (2011, Wellington HS, FL). 

Joseph Barbera threw 6 overpowering no hit innings as he utilized a low 80s fastball and 12-6 curve to strikeout 13 of the 19 batters he faced, allowing only one baserunner to reach on an error in the 4th inning. He struck out the side in both the 3rd and 4th innings.

Thomas Kirchner threw one scoreless relief inning to seal the 9-0 no hit shutout over the Riptide Development. In his brief outing Thomas used an upper 70s fastball and a nice low 70s change up to keep hitters off balance. The only runner to reach base on Thomas was a two out walk, but he rebounded by striking out the final batter of the game to seal the combined to hit effort.

More top performance updates to come!
 
7/14/2009 9:51:24 AM

Game #8 has been moved to Etowah HS at 7pm. Game #30 will be the first game at Centennial HS at 2pm.

Game scores are starting to come in from the morning games so check back soon for updates.          
 
7/14/2009 7:15:24 AM

Welcome to the PGCrosschecker Scouting Blog for the 16 and under World Wood Bat National Championship!

There have been the following adjustments to today's schedule:

All games at Centennial HS have been moved back one time slot. So game #8 will now be played at 1130AM. Game 30 will be played at 200PM. Game 52 will be played at 430PM and game 72 will be played at 7pm.

There has been a location and time change for games # 18 and 20. Game #18 will be played at the Weber School at 2pm and game #20 will be played at 4:30pm.

Continue to check back for further updates. It looks like a great day for baseball!