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2009 WWBA 15U National Championship

 



Banditos Win Title Game 15-10 >>
Courtney Hawkins returns to the mound now three outs away from earning the win. Hawkins works quickly for the first punchout of the inning on a high fastball. John Bodenhamer does a great job going with the fastball on the outside corner for a double down the third base line. Kyle Castillo (2012, Kennedy HS, WA) grounds out to shortstop and the Banditos are one out away from the win. Jonny Locher steps in looking to extend the game for the Brewers. Locher flies out to first and the game is over, Hawkins pitches great in relief to earn the win, and the Banitos take home the 16u WWBA National Championship Title.
Banditos Comeback To Take Lead >>
Skyler Genger (2012, Kentwood, WA) comes in relief to face the Banditos in the 6th. Hunter Kopcynski reaches second on a error by the left fielder. Taylor Guidry draws a walk and the Banditos have a threat building with runners on first and second with no outs. Dustin Theiss reached on a throwing error that scored two runs, Banditos lead 11-10. Austin Dean steps in with a runner on second and no outs looking to extend the Banditos first lead of the game. Dean flashes his ability to go the other way with a liner to right field that puts runners on the corners with no outs. Cory Geisler hits an RBI single through the hole between short and third, for his fourth hit of the game. Courtney Hawkins showed off his light tower power on the very next pitch hitting a towering three run blast to left center field. The Banditos now lead 15-10.

Nick Garner enters the game in relief of Genger with no one out and no one on. Garner surrenders a base hit, and now faces Travis Hennessey with no outs and a man on first. Hennessey grounds out to short for the first out of the inning. A groundout and a flyout end the inning the Banditos lead 15-10.
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Courtney Hawkins returns to the mound for his third inning of work, looking to keep the Brewers right where they are at nine runs. He will face the teeth of this Brewers lineup, as lead off man Jonny Locher steps to the plate. Locher dips the bathead and just slightly misses on a fastball that turns into a routine flyout to center. Landon Cray steps in looking to keep his great day at the plate going against Hawkins. Cray earns a walk, which brings Cabe Reiten to the plate. Hawkins has pitched brilliantly in relief thus far, working an upper 80s fastball in with a late breaking slider to stifle a very good Brewers lineup. Reiten grounds out to shortstop, putting a runner at second with two outs. Trevor Lane steps in and is getting a steady diet of high fastballs. Lane squares up a low fastball and drives an RBI single to right field. Brewers take the lead back 10-9. Taylor Jones steps in looking to keep the rally alive against Hawkins. Jones takes a letter high fastball and turns on it hard to deep left field for a double. Billy Sahlinger looks to extend the lead now with runners on second and third. Sahlinger works a walk to load the bases for C Lucas Gately. Gately flies out to deep left to end the threat after five and a half it's 10-9.
Banditos Even Score 9-9 >>
Austin Dean will lead off the bottom half of the 5th inning for the Banditos as they look to take the lead for the first time. Dean grounds out to third to start things off. Cory Geisler hits a rocket into center field for a single putting a runner on first with one out. Courtney Hawkins returns to the plate and will have Geisler in scoring position after he swipes second with some ease. Hawkins reaches on an error by the shortstop and the Banditos are threatening for the fourth straight inning with runners on the corners and only one out. A sac fly to deep center evens the score up at 9-9 in the bottom of the 5th. Travis Hennessey steps into hit with two outs and a Hawkins on first. Hennessey shoots a seeing eye single through the hole between short and thrird to put runners on first and second with two outs. Matthew Eueste looks to deliver another big hit with two outs, but a hard hit liner is caught by the first baseman to end the threat. After five complete it is 9-9.    
Brewers Bats Quiet In 5th >>
Courtney Hawkins returns to the mound looking to keep the Brewers at 9 runs. Nick Garner leads off the inning with a double to deep right center past a diving Taylor Guidry. Hawkins gets the groundball he needs for the double play then a flyout out to short ends a very quick inning for the Brewers. The score remains 9-8.
Banditos Continue To Cut Into Lead >>
Trevor Lane returns to the mound for his second inning of relief and he will face the heart of the Banditos lineup. Lane gives up an infield single to begin the inning and will now face Courtney Hawkins with no outs and a runner on first. Hawkins goes with the pitch well to right field but it is hit right at the outfielder for the first out of the inning. Lane notches a big strikeout to get to two outs with a runner on first. Travis Hennessey laces a single into left ona tough pitch down and away to put runners on first and second with two outs. Matthew Eueste rips a two rbi triple down the right field line on an inside breaking ball, bringing the score to 9-8 Brewers. A walk puts runners on the corners with two outs, with the top of the Banditos lineup coming to bat. Taylor Guidry works a walk to load the bases with two outs and end Trevor Lane's time on the mound. In relief will be RHP Billy Sahlinger (2012, Newport HS, WA) who inherits bases loaded with two outs and a 1-0 count to the batter Dustin Theis. Dustin grounds out to third on the first pitch from Sahlinger to end the threat. After four complete its 9-8 Brewers.
Brewers Add One To Their Lead >>
LHP Travis Hennessey comes into relief looking to hold the Brewers to no runs here in the top of the 4th inning. Jonny Locher gets hit by a pitch and then steals second on a close play putting a runner in scoring position for the Brewers with no outs. Landon Cray adds his third hit of the game on a flare to no mans land in right field, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Cabe Reiten hits a sac fly to deep right center extending the lead to 9-6. Trevor Lane rips a line drive single to right to put runners on first and second with one out.

RHP Courtney Hawkins comes in to relieve Hennessey and will look to hold the Brewers right where they are. Hawkins has had an excellent tournament so far, and features a fastball that can get all the way up to 90mph. It will be interesting to see how he performs on short rest after pitching a complete game last night for the Banditos. Taylor Jones earns a walk to load the bases and now pinch hitter Billy Sahlinger (2012, Newport WA) will try and add to the Brewers lead. Sahlinger flies out to short for the second out of the inning, bases remain loaded for Lucas Gately. Gately grounds out to third to end the threat.  
Banditos Continue To Close Gap >>
Peter Johnson begins his third inning of work with a lead off walk. He now faces Khristian Camacho (2011, Richard King HS, TX) who reaches on a error by the second baseman. Now with runners on first and second and no outs Matthew Eueste looks to help his own cause. Eueste laces a single to left field to load the bases. Hunter Kopycinski delivers a 2RBI single to right and that will end the day for Peter Johnson. Brewers lead has been cut down to 8-5 in the bottom of the 3rd with no outs. The new pitcher is Trevor Lane a left handed pitcher who will look to stop the bleeding here. A first pitch bunt attempt is fouled out to catcher Lucas Gately (2012 Kentwood HS, WA) making it first and second with one out. The runners both advance on a pitch in the dirt putting runners on second and third with one out. Dustin Theis hits a deep sac fly to right, making it 8-6 Brewers with two outs. Austin Dean flies out to the warning track in center field to end the inning without any more damage. After three complete its 8-6 for the Brewers.
Brewers Held Scoreless  >>
Matthew Eueste returns for his third inning of work, and continues to use his slider against righties with good success, striking out the Brewers lead off batter on a nasty slider. LF Nick Garner grounds right back to Eueste for two quick outs. Then a two out double by John Bodenhamer (2012, Tahoma WA) to deep center puts the Brewers back into scoring position. A ground out to third is saved by a great stretch by 1B Courtney Hawkins and the Brewers are held in check.
Banditos Bats Come Alive In 2nd >>
Peter Johnson enters his second inning of work, attempting to keep the Banditos in check again. After a leadoff single Johnson got a fly out to center for one out and a runner on first. Eueste worked a walk and now Hunter Kopycinski (2012, St. Thomas, TX) grounds out to third so there are two outs and runners on second and third. Taylor Guidry beats out an infield single and the Banditos are on the board, now down 8-1. Dustin Theiss hits an rbi single on a line drive that was nearly snagged by 3B Taylor Jones. Another RBI single by Austin Dean makes it 8-3, then another single loads the bases. Peter Johnson has been mixing up his 77-78mph fastball with his curve to keep hitters off balance but suddenly the Banditos seem to have caught on. Courtney Hawkins flies out to left to end the inning, after two complete its 8-3.
Brewers Extend Lead >>
Eueste begins his second inning of work for the Banditos trying to keep the Brewers lineup in check. A groundout to short begins the inning, then a flyout from 2B Jacob Kelliher (2011, Eastside Catholic, WA) makes it two outs with none on for leadoff man Jonny Locher. Locher rips a line drive single into left after working another count in his favor, he has really displayed a great approach at the plate so far today. Locher swipes second base and Landon Cray doubles to deep right to score Locher, it is now 5-0 Brewers. Cray is already 2-2 so far today and showing nice pull power and a line drive swing. Cray swipes third bringing the run only 90 feet from home. Cabe Reiten loops a liner over the shortstops head making it 6-0 Brewers with two outs in the top of the second. Trevor Lane gets hit by a pitch making it first and second with two outs. 3B Taylor Jones hits an absolute missle past third base for a two RBI double, making it 8-0 Brewers with two outs. Peter Johnson grounds out to third to end the inning, its 8-0 Brewers.     
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Taylor Guidry (2011,Teurlings, TX) works a lead off walk to get things started offensively for the Banditos, and then advances on a passed ball. Starting pitcher Peter Johnson gets a lineout and now looks to keep the runner on second stranded with one out in the inning. Austin Dean (2012, The Woodlands, TX) gets hit by a fastball in the back putting runners on first and second with one out. On the very next pitch Johnson induces a ground out to second putting runners on the corners with two outs. Courtney Hawkins (2012, Corpus Christi Christian, TX) flies out to center to end the threat, after one its 4-0 for the Brewers.
Brewers Take Early Lead >>
Jarred Greene (2012, Magnolia HS, TX) will be the starting pitcher for the Houston Banditos. Greene has gotten up to 88mph in the early going of this one, but seems to be working out some championship jitters walking leadoff man Jonny Locher (2012, Highline, WA) of the Brewers. RF Landon Cray (2012, Chimacum, WA) got a good fastball to hit and did not miss it, hitting a whistling liner into right field putting runners on first and second with no out for the Brewers. SS Cabe Reiten (2012, Home School, WA) had a very good at bat, working the count full and battling out a walk, the bases are now loaded with no outs for cleanup hitter 1B Trevor Lane(2012, Mt. Si, WA). Lane gets hit by a pitch making it 1-0 for the Brewers, bases remain loaded with no outs.

3B Taylor Jones (2012, Kentwood, WA) will face a new pitcher as the Banditos coaches have opted to bring in right handed reliever Matthew Eueste (2011, St. Pius Xavier HS, TX). Jones works a walk, making it 2-0 Brewers in the top of the first, still no outs. P Peter Johnson (2012, Bishop Blanchet, WA) grounds into a fielders choice with a second run scoring on a throwing error, making it 4-0 with one out. Lucas Gately (2012, Kentwood, WA) grounds out to third, now two outs with a runner on second. Nick Garner(2012, Glacier Peak, WA) turns into out number three and the Banditos come up to bat down 4-0  
Top Two Seeds Ready To Square Off In Title Game >>
The #1 seed Houston Banditos and #2 seed Washington RIPS Brewers both survived a rigorous set of playoff games to arrive at the title game here at East Cobb Field #1 this morning. It is very rare for the top two seeds to avoid upsets and get to the finals, and it will be interesting to see which team takes their first loss of the tournament today. Inning by Inning live blogs will be posted after each half inning, we have a beautiful day for baseball, lets play ball!    
Phillies Stun A's in 7 for place in Semi-Finals >>
The Spartanburg Phillies scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7 to beat the South Oakland A's 5-4 this afternoon. Will Thompson (2012 Dorman H.S. Spartanburg, S.C.) was on base all day for the Phillies. Scoring a run and getting the game tying RBI.
7-Run First Leads Brewers To Finals >>
The Washington RIPS Brewers pushed their first seven batters of the game accross the plate and advanced to the finals with a 14-9 victory over the Homeplate Chilidogs.  The Brewers will square off against the Houston Banditos on Sunday morning for the 15U World Wood Bat Championship.  The Banditos knocked off the Spartanburg Phillies 6-0 on Saturday evening.

Taylor Jones (2012, Kentwood HS, WA) had a huge day for the Brewers going 3-4 with a double and 4 RBIs.    At 6'4", 185 lbs., Jones looks like a younger version of Richie Sexon and will be a player to follow in the coming years.
Tyler Thomas leads Braves to the Quarters >>
Tyler Thomas (2012 Woodbridge H.S. Woodbridge, VA.) went 2-2 with 1 double, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 1 stolen base. T. Thomas was able to sit back on some off-speed pitches and drive the ball all over the field. Helping out T. Thomas was Mike Thomas (2012 Lee Davis H.S. Mechanicsville, VA.). M. Thomas went 2-2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. M. Thomas also displayed good baserunning instincts by taking extra bases on singles.
Homeplate Knocks Off 3 Seed Kentucky Baseball Club >>
The Homeplate Chilidogs won their playoff game over #3 seed Kentucky Baseball Club 4-1 to advance to the semifinals. Homeplate got a great performance from SP Grant Perkins (2012, Ola HS, GA) who worked 6 2/3 innings of one run ball. Perkins worked his fastball from 79-83mph with cutting movement a 68-70mph curveball that had tight "knee buckling" 12-6 action and a nice low 70s change. This three pitch mix kept hitters off balance all day and helped earn Homeplate the victory.
Spartanburg Phillies Win Thriller >>
The Spartanburg Phillies offense took a while to get going against the Dallas Patriots 15u, however they came through at exactly the right time in a come from behind 3-2 win. Trailing 2-0 in the home half of the 7th, Matthew Teal (2011, J.F Byrnes HS, SC) took advantage of his smooth swing and quick hand speed to deliver a game tying 2 RBI single. After two consecutive outs Trey Hayes (2012, Palmetto High, SC) showed off a great quick swing and above average bat speed on a game winning RBI walk-off double.
Marra Cools down Canes Central Bats in Round 3 >>
Andrew Marra (2011 Windsor Sr., Windsor, ON.) threw a complete game 4 hitter today against the Canes Central. Marra gave up 2 runs in his 7 innings pitched. He kept the Canes hitters at bay by using his excellent control, and mixing in his curveball. Marra also displayed excellent mound presence throughout all 7 innings.

Marra didn't do it all himself though as the South Oakland A's scored 10 runs. Leading the charge for the A's was Connor Smith (2012 Northville H.S. Northville, MI.) Smith went 1-2 with a 3 RBI triple to break the game open in the sixth. Smith displayed patience at the plate with in his first two at bats, then in his final at bat showed off his power and speed for a triple. Daniel Zuchowski (2011 Bishop Folly Catholic H.S. Hamtramck, MI) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI. On Zuchowski's double he proved he has good power to the gap.
Alvira Tosses Gem In 4-0 Action Black Win >>
RHP Joel Alvira (2012, IBAHS, PR) was outstanding in a 4-0 victory over the Tri-State Arsenal Grey on Saturday afternoon.  Alvira went the distance for Action throwing seven shutout inning and only allowing two hits.  He struck out 14 batters and walked only two hitters, sitting at 78-81 with his fastball.

Lost in the shuffle of Joel Alvira's outstanding performance was the job done by the Arsenal's pitching staff.  RHP Mark Menikella (2012, Paul VI Catholic, PA) and RHP Jordan Freender (2011, Eastern HS, NJ) combined to throw a two-hitter but were plagued by two unearned runs.
Washington Brewers Edge Team Gwinnett >>
Gm # 52 | 5/25/2009 | 4:30 PM West Florida Shockers vs. Cyclones Baseball 17U
The Washington RIPS Brewers surrendered a run in the first inning, but then took the game over to win 3-1 against Team Gwinnett Mizuno. One of the keys for their victory was 5 and 1/3 scoreless relief innings from Taylor Jones (2012, Kentwood, WA) who ranged from 82-84mph, topping out at 85mph on his fastball. Jones' fastball showed run to his arm side, and when teamed with a late breaking low 70s 10-5 curveball proved to be a nasty combination for opposing hitters.

Although their offense was limited to three runs, Jonny Locher continued to swing a hot stick. He continues to impress with a good smooth swing, quick hands and overall athleticism. Locher went two for three scoring the Brewers first run, notching another double and swiping a base as well.     
Homeplate Sinks The Rhode Island Tides  >>
Gm # 71 | 5/25/2009 | 11:30 AM Team Tampa vs. Orlando Scorpions 17U Purple
It took a tiebreaker, but the Homeplate Chilidogs emerged as the winners of a 7-5 game in 9 innings over the Rhode Island Tides. The Chilidogs got a clutch lead-off three RBI double from RF Daniel Amos (2012, Whitewater, GA) to take a 7-4 lead in the top of the 9th. Amos displayed good patience and a nice line drive swing to all fields during the game. Relief pitcher Robert Nelson (2012, Whitewater, GA) came in to the bases loaded situation to begin the tie-breaker and showed great poise as he saved the game for the Chilidogs, using a 75mph fastball and 64mph curve to limit the Tides to only one run in their half of the 9th inning sealing a 7-5 win.     
Homeplate Knocks Off #6 Seed Palmetto Sand Gnats >>
The Homeplate Childogs continued their run through the playoffs with a 6-1 win over the Sand Gnats. Homeplate got a masterful one hit performance by SP Drew Watkins (2012, Upson Lee, GA) who allowed only one hit through 5 and 1/3 innings of work. Watkins showed great competitive instincts on the mound as he had to work out of a pair of bases loaded situations and each time prevented any runs from scoring. Watkins threw his fastball in the 77-79mph range while mixing in a 64-66mph curve.
Homeplate Rallies Past Atlanta Blue Jays >>
Gm # 35 | 5/24/2009 | 2:00 PM Orlando Baseball Academy vs. Palm Beach Elite
After falling behind 4-0 to the Atlanta Blue Jays the Homeplate Chilidogs 15u staged a two inning rally to win 5-4. With one out and the game tied DH Tate Hutwagner (2011, Columbus, GA) delivered a walk-off RBI single to win the game for the Chilidogs. Hutwagner displayed good patience and a clutch hitting ability, as well as a smooth swing.     
Connor Foltyn Helps His Own Cause >>
SP Connor Foltyn (2012, Coppell HS, TX) got it done both on the mound and at the dish today. His two-run homer showed off his easy power and smooth swing and put the Texas Boom up 4-0, a lead they would hold for the rest of the game winning 10-4. Foltyn pitched three innings topping out at 78 and mixing in a low 60s curve to keep hitters off balance. Foltyn earned the win on the mound for his efforts both on the hill and at the dish.     
Troy Mullahby Shows Power At Dish And On Mound >>
Gm # 43 | 5/24/2009 | 9:00 AM Southwest Florida Baseball 18U vs. Team Tampa
RF Troy Mullahby of Team Anderson had a great performance during today's game against the World of Baseball Angels. Mullahby led off the first inning with a solo homer and repeated his home run swing later in the same inning! He showed off his power swing again in the last inning with a line drive off the top of the wall, narrowly missing a three home run game. Mullahby's raw power display was very impressive this afternoon, leading Team Anderson to an 18-4 win.

Mullahby also worked 2 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in which he showed a live fastball that got up to 87mph. His fastball showed good late armside run, which helped produce several groundouts and strikeouts in his relief effort.


Washington RIPS Brewers Take Down Astros >>
Gm # 27 | 5/23/2009 | 7:00 PM Team Tampa vs. Pembroke Lakes Angels 18U
It took eight innings, but the #2 seed Washington RIPS Brewers were able to complete their comeback against the East Cobb Astros 14u. The Astros jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, and the Brewers had to climb their way out of that hole for the rest of the game. Nick Garner (2012, Glacier Peak, WA) earned the win for his seven innings of one-run relief. Garner combined a fastball that topped at 83mph with a curve and a deceptive late breaking change up to slow the Astros bats.

The Brewers top two hitters led the rally throughout the game concluding with their two runs scored in the bottom of the 8th to win the game. CF Jonny Locher (2012, Highline HS, WA) plated three runs, all of which were clutch as he scored the first run for the Brewers, the tying run that sent the game to tie-breaker and the tying run again after the Astros scored in their half of the 8th. Locher also showed good patience and speed as he notched a walk and two steals in the game. EH Landon Cray (2012, Chimacum, WA) who hit in the 2-hole, displayed a very smooth load and swing while having a perfect 2-2 day at the plate with two walks. Cray scored both the Brewers second and game winning runs to form a deadlycombination with Locher at the top of the Brewers order.     
Banditos Ride Bank's arm into the Quarterfinals >>
Nicholas Banks(LHP) Threw 6 1/3 innings this morning for the Houston Banditos, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Coral Spring Diamonds. Banks was sitting 78-80 all morning topping out at 81. Banks held the Diamonds at bay by pounding the outer half of the strike zone. Banks also used a 2-8 breaking slider which showed good late movement. Banks did need some help to close out the game in the 7 and Courtney Hawkins was willing to answer the call. Hawkins (RHP) came in and got the last 2 outs of the game for the save. Hawkins was sitting between 84-86 and topped out at 87.  
South Oakland A's Knock Off #4 Seed CenCal Sox >>
The South Oakland A's continued to swing hot bats against the CenCal Sox in their 7-2 victory to advance to the third round of the playoffs. LF Kyle Suminski (2011, De La Salle, MI) and 2B Andrew Marra(2011, Windsor Sr, ON) led the attack for South Oakland. Suminski showed good on base and contact skills with two hits, and two runs, the first of which proved to be the game winning run. Marra showed a very smooth swing and an ability to get his hands through an inside pitch. He tallied a pair of big RBI and showed gap power with his double in the 6th inning.


Daniel Zuchowski (2011, Bishop Foley Catholic, MI) earned the win for South Oakland by throwing a complete game allowing only two runs. Zuchowski showed good polish for his age as he did an excellent job hitting his spots and was not afraid to attack any location in the strike zone. Zuchowski's fastball topped out at 84mph, and he flashed a tight 68-71mph curveball which he was willing to use in any count to limit the opposing hitters.
Waters Leads Knoxville Stars To Round Of 16 >>
RHP Nate Waters (2012, Alcoa HS, TN) went 6.2 inning to lead the Knoxville Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Warriors on Friday.  Waters allowed three runs on just four hits and came within one batter of throwing a complete game.  A four-spot in the first inning would be all the runs the Stars would need as they held on to the victory. 
Georgia Jayhawks Pull out Victory in Extra Innings >>
Gm # 15 | 5/23/2009 | 11:30 AM First Coast Pirates vs. South Florida Rays
After being held scoreless for the first 6 innings of their second round playoff game against the Houston Sox Silver, the Georgia Jaywaks bats exploded in the 7 inning with 5 runs to tie the game and 3 more in the 8 to secure the victory. DH Alex Karriker (2012, North Forsyth, GA) flashed his quick wrists with a clutch two RBI single that tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Then 1B Chap Lindstrom (2012, Central Forsyth, GA) delivered his first hit of the game, a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to advance the Jayhawks to the next round of the playoffs.
Phillies Knock Off Pinnacle Prospects 8-5 >>
The Spartanburg Phillies knocked off the the Pinnacle Prospects 8-5 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Round of 16 in the playoffs.  The Phillies got all the runs they would need in the first inning after tagging starter Brian Minter for six runs. 

Hunter Donaldson (2012, North Henderson HS, NC) had a big game going 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.  3B Will Thompson (2012, Dorman HS, SC) and 2B Matthew Teal (2011, Byrnes HS, SC) each collected two hits for the Phillies.

1B Jake Maziar (2012, Holy Innocents HS, GA) hit a three-run homerun in the third inning for the Prospects.
Clancy Two Hits NorCal East  >>
Matt Clancy (2012 Northern Valley H.S Bridgewater, NJ.) tossed a complete game 2 hitter last night against NorCal East. Topping out at 82 on his fastball Clancy also show good command on his slider, and change-up to keep the NorCal hitters off balance. Clacny flashed his ability to dominate opposing batters as he struck out 12 of the 29 hitters he faced. Clancy displayed good confidence and mound presence, eveidenced by how he attacked hitters in the zone throughout the game.
Excel Blue Sox Outslug Marucci Elite 10-6 >>
The Excel Blue Sox outslugged the Marucci Elite 10-6 on Friday afternoon to advance to the Round of 16 in the playoffs.  Several players had big days at the plate for the Blue Sox including Justin Camp (2011, Austin HS, AL) who went 3-3 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs.  CF Matthew Goodson (2012, Oxford HS, AL) and 1B Roland Mitchell (2013, Auburn HS, AL) each drove in two runs. 

Marucci Elite's Colin Rodgers had a big days going 3-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Team Gwinnett Mizuno Brings the Lumber  >>
Team Gwinnett Mizuno rolled to a 10-2 victory over Diamond Skills Baseball to advance to the third round of the playoffs. CF Chase Hulsey (2012, Home School, GA) led the way with a patient approach and quick hands at the dish to net two singles and two runs, the first of which got the scoring started for Team Gwinnett and they never looked back.

Team Gwinett SP Avery Labuz (2012, Buford, GA) worked five innings of two run baseball to earn the win.  Labuz showed good command of three pitches and a fastball with good cutting movement that topped out at 76mph. Avery did a great job getting ground balls as thirteen of the fifteen outs he recorded were made by ground out or punchout.     
Camp Touches 91 In Excel Victory >>
Gm # 16 | 5/23/2009 | 11:30 AM Homestead Storm vs. Grand Slam
RHP Justin Camp (2011, Austin HS, AL) sat at 88-91 in leading the Excel Blue Wave to a 4-3 playoff victory over the NJ Mariners on Saturday morning.  Camp went the distance throwing a complete-game four-hitter, allowing only four hits and striking out 10 batters.  The Blue Wave used a balanced offensive attack which saw seven of their ten starters record a hit. 

1B Zach Gray (2012, Morristown Beard HS, NJ) had a big day at the plate for the Mariners, hitting a solo homerun in the second inning while driving in another run in the fourth inning.
Kentucky Baseball Club Roles In Round Of 16 >>
Gm # 11 | 5/23/2009 | 11:30 AM Southwest Florida Baseball 17U vs. Team Xtreme

The Kentucky Baseball Club cruised to an easy 12-0 victory over the Excel Blue Sox on Saturday morning to advance to the quarterfinals.  RHP RJ Carroll (2011, Lexington Catholic HS, KY) was impressive throwing four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two batters.  He sat at 75-79 with his fastball and showed a good feel for pitching. 

Offensively SS Will Hurt (2012, Henry Clay HS, KY), C Tyler Jackson (2012, Lexington Catholic HS, KY) and Logan McQuerry (2012, George Rogers, KY) carried the load for the Kentucky Baseball Club going a combined 5-5 with four RBIs.

Richmond Braves Silence the Texas Boom >>
The Richmond Braves National '12 took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back en route to a 6-2 victory. The top of the Braves lineup had a great day as lead-off man J.D. Johnson (2012, Prince George, VA) and two hole hitter Josh Mason (2011, Bishop Sullivan, VA) seemed to be on base every inning collecting five combined hits. Johnson flashed great speed and a good approach as a lead-off man. Mason displayed great baseball instincts, a line drive swing and some pop as he collected three hits including a triple. The two players scored a combined four of the Braves six runs.

Braves SP Jack Roberts (2013, James River, VA) stifled the Boom hitters with an effective three pitch mix between a fastball which topped out at 80mph, an upper 60s curve, and a mid to upper 60s change. His change was especially effective against left handed hitters. Roberts showed excellent control allowing only one walk over seven innings of two run baseball to earn the win.
Team D-Backs Break Chain >>
Team D-Backs beat Chain Baseball Black, 9-7, this afternoon on Field 2 to advance further into today's playoff action. The D-Backs scored two runs in the top of the sixth to keep themselves in title contention.

SS Chris Thompson went 1-for-2 with a RBI triple and P Jordan Dukes went 1-for-3 with a RBI double to lead the D-Backs to victory.
The WWBA 15U Sweet 16 >>
The top 48 teams have been whittled down to 16 after the first few rounds of playoff action. Here are the match-ups for tomorrow:

9 AM at EC 1 — No. 1 Houston Banditos Black vs. No. 17 Coral Springs Diamonds
9 AM at Pope — No. 9 Richmond Braves vs. No. 25 Under Armour Heat
9 AM at EC 3 — No. 3 Kentucky Baseball Club vs. No. 19 Excel Blue Wave
9 AM at Dominion Christian — No. 22 Homeplate Chilidogs vs. No. 6 Palmetto Sand Gnats
9 AM at Sprayberry — No. 5 Spartenburg Phillies vs. No. 12 Dallas Patriots
9 AM at Kell — No. 13 Canes Central vs. No. 36 South Oakland A's
9 AM at Etowah — No. 7 Knoxville Stars vs. No. 10 Team Gwinnett Mizuno
9 AM at EC 2 — No. 18 East Cobb Astros vs. No. 2 Washington RIPS Brewers
Gunter Delivers Boom Vs. Diamond Devils >>
Gm # 2 | 5/22/2009 | 8:00 PM Homestead Storm vs. Diamond Vision Elite
RHP Cody Gunter pitched five shutout innings this morning at Weber to send the Texas Boom to the second round of the WWBA 15U championship playoffs.

Gunter allowed four hits and struck out three to earn a 5-0 win over the Diamond Devils. He showed great location and topped out at 84 mph.
Coral Springs Edge NE Bulldogs to Advance >>
The Coral Springs Diamonds beat the NE Bulldogs, 2-1, this afternoon at Weber HS to advance to Round 2 of the WWBA 15U championship playoffs.

The Diamonds held a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh, but the Bulldogs threatened, scoring a run with two outs courtesy of a RBI single by NE 1B Mike Lonita.

3B Ryan Richman lead the Diamonds offensively, going 2-for-2 with two singles.
Coral Springs Defeats Action White >>
The Coral Springs Diamonds advanced to Saturday's Quarterfinals this afternoon, upsetting Action Baseball Club White, 6-2.

Four Diamonds hitters recorded two hits. LF Christian Khawly went 2-for-2 with a walk and two doubles, and both 2B Kenny Harrell and 3B Ryan Richman went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

SS Stephen Kerr went 2-for-4 with two singles.
EC Astros Beat EC Titans in Extras >>
It was a battle between two home-towners over on Field 1 this evening. The East Cobb Astros knocked off the East Cobb Titans 14U, 10-9, needing a tie-breaker to do so.

It took four runs in the top of the eighth to knock off the Titans, and Atsros RF Nick High took part in some of the damage, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double. C Anthony Sherlag also hit well, going 2-for-3.
Tampa Bay Knocks Off EC Cubs >>
The Tampa Bay Warriors defeated the East Cobb Cubs this afternoon at Alpharetta HS, 9-5, to advance to

Three Warriors tallied two hits. SS Avery Romero, DH Chad Witkowski, and RF Jonathan Camp both went 2-for-4. Camp and Witkowski tallied a single and a double. Romero posted a double and a triple.
Canes Crush Vikings >>
CF Tyler Long went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple this afternoon to lift the Canes Central over the Carolina Vikings, 8-2.

Also hitting well: 1B Luke Lowery and SS Darren Bullock both went 2-for-3. Bullock posted two singles, while Lowery had a single and a double.
Combs Pushes Viking Past On Deck >>
Carolina Vikings LF Alex Combs hit a walk-off single this afternoon at Alpharetta HS, giving the Vikings a 4-3 win over the On Deck O's Black and another breath in the WWBA 15U championship playoffs.

Combs went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. Carolina 3B Blake Sids also hit well, going 1-for-1 with a double.
Pinnacle Prospects Edge PONY Express >>
Nearly at the close of the first two rounds of playoff action here at the WWBA 15U National Championships, Pinnacle Prospects 2B Robbie Blair undoubtedly holds the title for 'most impressive plate performance' thus far.

Blair went 4-for-4 with four singles, his last base hit being the most important of the bunch.

With two outs and the score knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Blair hit an eventual game-winning RBI single to jettison the Prospects into playoff round 2.

SS Glenn Sawyer also looked impressive on offense, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
Rossi Pitches Arsenal to Round 2 >>
Tri-State Arenal RHP Jim Rossi threw a five-inning gem against Team Green Wave this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS.

Rossi allowed one hit and struck out five to earn a 8-0 win and advance Tri-State to the second round of today's playoffs.

Arsenal C Bryan Laurito went 2-for-2 with a walk and two singles to lead his team offensively.
Washington Rips Through D-Backs >>
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The Washinton RIPS Brewers knocked off Team D-Backs, 13-1, this afternoon on Field 2 at the East Cobbb Complex to advance to Saturday's Quarterfinal action.

Winning RHP Billy Sahunger, threw three no-hit innings before RHP Skyler Genger finished off the win in one inning of relief.

Brewers C Luces Gately was a RBI machine, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a 2-RBI single and a 2-RBI triple. RF Kyle Castillo also put up some productive numbers, going 1-for-1 with a 3-RBI single in the third.
Schalk Pitches Gem in Playoffs >>
RHP Brad Schalk pushed the South Oakland A's closer to a championship this morning at Pope HS, pitching a six-inning three-hitter against the Austin Banditos in a 9-0 win.

Schalk showed a nice, easy delivery  and sound mechanics on the mound. He also changed speeds nicely, working in a 67-69-mph change up in addition to his fastball.

A's LF Eric Henderson and 2B Connor Smith both went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Butler Chomps Gators >>
Athletes Edge RHP Charlie Butler pitched a five-inning no-hitter this morning at Pope HS, earning an 11-0 win over Gators Baseball. Butler struck out five, walked two, and faced three hitters over the minimum.

Edge 2B Vinny Wnukowski went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.
Cooksey Hurls Diamond Skills to 2nd Round >>
RHP Mitchell Cooksey threw a complete-game shutout to beat NC Baseball Academy, 4-0, this afternoon at Walton HS.

Cookseystruck out six NC hitters and allowed four hits through seven innings. He gave up two singles and to doubles.

DH Gabe Roark lead the Diamond Skills offensively, going 2-for-3 with back-to-back singles.
Purvis Throws Gem to Advance Palmetto >>
RHP Taylor Purvis tossed a complete-game one-hitter this afternoon at Kennesaw Mountain HS to help the Palmetto Sand Gnats beat the Tri-State Arsenal, 5-0.

Purvis struck out three and surrendered his only hit — a lead-off double — in the top of the eighth.

On offense, XH Zach Sightler and LF Hayden Banks both went 1-for-1 with a walk. Banks posted a RBI double in the fourth.
Banditos Surge Forward >>
The Houston Banditos Black cruised through their first playoff game this afternoon over on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex, beating the Kalamazoo Maroons, 10-3.

Banditos LF Cory Geisler went 2-for-4 with two doubles and CF Jordan Lee went 2-for-3 with a a single and a 2-RBI triple.
Kentucky Baseball Edge Storm >>
The Kentucky Baseball Club knocked off the San Diego Storm this afternoon at Kell HS, 3-1, to advance to Quarterfinal action.

Kentucky RHP Blake Smith went the distance, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four. He sat between 81-82 mph and mixed up his speeds nicely, throwing in a 62-mph curve and a 66-mph change up.

On offense, three Kentucky hitters tallied an extra-base hit. 3B Reid Van Bussum went 1-2 with a lead-off triple, while 2B Nick Edwards and 1B Kevin Herren went 1-for-2 with RBI doubles.
San Diego Storm Wash Out Dirtbags >>
The San Diego Storm beat the Dirtbags, 10-2, this morning at Kell HS to advance to Round 2 of the WWBA 15U championship playoffs.

Storm RHP Evan Schreiber went the distance, giving up two runs on five hits through seven innings. He also went 2-for-3 with two singles and a sacrifice bunt. SS George Martinez had some good offensive output as well, going 1-for-3 with his lone hit being a 2-RBI double.

For the Dirtbags, 3B Wood Myers went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Under Armour Heat Edge Canes South >>
The Under Armour Heat beat Canes South, 2-1, this morning at Etowah HS to move one game closer to a WWBA 15U championship.

2B Devin Bell hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Heat a 2-1 lead and effectively seal the win.

The Canes got some solid offense from their No. 9 and 10 hitters. Both RF Taylor Hill and DH Jonathan Colyn went 2-for-3 with two singles, but despite their efforts, the Canes couldn't spur a rally.
EC Astros Move On Thanks to Shuout >>
The East Cobb Astros defeated Peach State Diamon Sport, 4-0, this morning on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex thanks in part to a complete-game shutout by Astros LHP Clint Wynn.

Wynn allowed six hits through seven innings and struck out three Peach State hitters. He showed a smooth, quick delivery and a 11-5 CB with some good bite.

Offensively for the Astros, 1B Joe Marlow went 1-for-2 with a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth to pad East Cobb's lead.

Peach State 1B Daniel Nicholas hit well despite the loss. He went 2-for-3 with two singles and showed a nice compact swing.
Kalamazoo Beats EC Rangers to Advance >>
The Kalamazoo Maroons defeated the East Cobb Rangers this morning, 5-3, to advance to Round 2 of the WWBA 15U championship playoffs.

The Maroons rallied to score three insurance runs in the sixth inning before surrendering two runs to the Rangers in the top of the seventh.

EH Austin Kannegieter lead the Kalamazoo offense, going 1-for-3 with a RBI double in the sixth. LHP Derek Schneider picked up the win, allowing three runs on two hits while punching out 11 through 6 2/3 innings of work. He mixed his speeds well and kept hitters off balance with his fastball and a 65-mph curve.
West End Pitches No-No >>
West End Wildcats LHP Patrick Gardner and LHP Brandon Stein threw a combined no-hitter Thursday night down on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex against the Homeplate Chilidogs to earna  6-3 win.

Stein allowed three runs on no hits while striking out four and walking seven through 4 2/3 innings of work. Stein allowed no hits through 2 1/3 innings and struck out two Chilidogs hitters.
Palick Shines in Consolation Win >>
Team Alabama 1B Clayton Palick went 3-for-4 this morning on Field 2 to help Alabama beat Canes North 11-1.

Palick hit back-to-back doubles in the first and second innings, and then hit a single in the third. He showed a good, strong load, a great bat, and power potential.
Three Jacks in Mavericks/Bearcats Game >>
Three different players homered this morning down on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex.

USA Mavericks 3B Pete Mucher went 1-for-2 with a one-out solo jack in the fourth inning and SS John Funk launched a two-out, two-run bomb in the sixth to help the Mavericks beat the Triple Threat Bearcats, 7-6.

But the Bearcats got some solid production out of SS Nick Koffel, who wet 3-for-4 with a double, a single, and a solo jack.
Nelson/Koeneke Combine On No-Hitter For Dirtbags >>
RHP Dylan Nelson (2012, Patrick County HS, VA) and Marcus Koeneke (2012, Jordan HS, NC) combined on a no-hitter in an 8-0 Dirtbags victory over the Long Island Storm on Thursday night.  Nelson was particulary impressive going five inning, striking out six batters while walking only one.  He has a clean and easy delivery and sat at 83-86 with his fastball complimenting it with a tight slider.

Offensively 3B Wood Myers (2013, Jordan HS, NC) and OF Chris Jones (2012, Enka HS, NC) had big days for the Dirtbags.  Myers went with 2-4 with a three-run homerun, while Jones was 2-2 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Camp Has Huge Day in Blue Sox/Prospect Tie >>
Justin Camp (2011, Austin HS, AL) had a huge day for the Excel Blue Sox as they tied the Pinnacle Prospects 6-6 on Thursday afternoon at Sprayberry HS.  Camp with 3-3 on the day, including a solo homerun in the top of the fifth inning that helped the Blue Sox come back and tie the game. 
Nelson/Koeneke Combine On No-Hitter For Dirtbags >>
RHP Dylan Nelson (2012, Patrick County HS, VA) and LHP Marcus Koeneke (2010, Jordan HS, NC) combined on a no-hitter in an 8-0 Dirtbags victory over the Long Island Storm on Thursday night.  Nelson was particulary impressive going five inning striking out six batters, while walking only one.  He has a clean and easy delivery and sat at 83-86 with his fastball complimenting it with a tight breaking slider. 

Offensively, 3B Wood Myers (2013, Jordan HS, NC) and OF Chris Jones (2012, Enka HS, NC) both had big days for the Dirtbags.  Myers went 2-4 with a three-run homerun in the sixth inning, while Jones was 2-2 with two doubles and three runs scored.
This is Spartenberg! >>
The Spartenberg Phillies had three outstanding offensive performances Thursday morning at Weber HS in a 9-1 win over Chain Baseball Black.

Phillies P Loren King went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, showing quick hands and a good approach at the plate.

1B Hunter Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a double and a three-run home run that traveled approximately 360 feet.

LF Trey Hayes went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one for a RBI.
Ogren, Wagner Shine in Mariners/Royals Game >>
NJ Mariners Blue 3B Joseph Ogren went 2-for-4 Thursday morning at Weber HS to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Illinois Royals.

Ogren tallied a single and a lead-off double in the victory. He showed patience at the plate, keep his hands back well.

For the Royals, CF Mitchell Wagner went a perfect 2-for-2 with two singles and a hit-by-pitch.
Dulins Duel EJ A Loss >>
Three Dulins Dodgers hitters posted two or more hits Thursday afternoon in a 7-1 win over EJ Sports at Weber HS.

SS Dalton Dulin and C Adam Ross both went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. 1B Brett Hanewich went 2-for-4 with a single and a 2-RBI double.

Hanewhich showed good hands and good pop at the plate, while Ross showed a nice load and good mechanics.
Notable Plate Performances from Thursday >>
    • West End Wildcats C Joey Roberts was perfect in a 6-3 win over the Homeplate Chilidogs, going 3-for-3 with three singles. RF Dylan Dow also had a good day, batting 2-for-3 with two singles — one for a RBI.

    • Tri-State Arsenal EH Brian Laurito went 2-for-3 with two RBI singles in the Arsenal's 9-1 win over the St. Louis Gamers Blue.

    • East Cobb Titans SS Chad Mabini went 2-for-3 with two singles — one for a RBI — in the Titans' 12-4 win over the Virginia Clippers.

    • Palmetto Sand Gnats P Thomas Bessinger went 3-for-4 with a double and two base hits in the Gnats 10-2 win over the Roswell Renegades. LF Hayden Banks  went 2-for-3 with two singles, swiping two bags as well.

    • Action Baseball Club Balck C Josh Gray went 2-for-2 with two singles in Action's 3-1 loss to Team Gwinnett Mizuno Thursday night at Kell HS.
Tournament Bracket Set >>
We're about two and a half hours from playoff action here at the WWBA 15U National Championships.

Here are the 48 seeded teams playing in today's games:

1. Houston Banditos Black   2. Washtington RIPS Brewers   3. Kentucky Baseball Club   4. CenCal Sox   5. Spartenburg Phillies   6. Palmetto Sand Gnats   7. Knoxville Stars   8. New England Nationals   9. Richmond Braves '12   10. Team Gwinnett Mizuno   11. Rhode Island Tides   12. Dallas Patriots    13. Canes Central   14. NJ Mariners   15. East Cobb Titans 14U   16. Action Baseball White

17. Coral Springs Diamonds   18. East Cobb Astros   19. Excel Blue Sox   20. Carolina Vikings   21. Georgia Jayhawks   22. Homeplate Chilidogs   23. Diamond Skills Baseball   24. Diamond Devils

25. Under Armour Heat   26.  East Cobb Cubs 27. Tri-State Arsenal   28. Pinnacle Prospects   29. Austin Banditos   30. Dirtbags   31. Chain Baseball Black   32. Kalamazoo Maroons   33. East Cobb Rangers   34. Team D-Backs   35. San Diego Storm   36. South Oakland A's   37. Indy PONY Express   38. Team Green Wave   39. Tampa Bay Warriors   40. Canes South   41. Texas Boom   42. NC Baseball Academy   43. Atlanta Blue Jays   44. Houston Silver Sox   45. On Deck O's Black   46. Marucci Elite   47. Peach State DImaond Sports   48. Northeast Bulldogs

The top 16 teams earned first-round byes and won't play until 2 p.m.
Anslum Impressive In Marucci Elite Victory >>
3B/RHP Brodie Anslum (2012, Morgan City HS, LA) lead the Marucci Elite 15's at the plate and on the mound in a 12-5 victory over the East Cobb Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon.  He was excellent hitting in the leadoff spot scoring two runs and going 3-4 with a double and an RBI.  His short compact swing and plus speed profile very well.

On the mound Brodie threw three perfect inning to close out the game, striking out four batters and sitting between 74-77 with his fastball.  
Notable Offensive Outbursts >>
We have a few great hitting performances to relay from today:

    • Texas Boom RF Clayton Dalrymple went 3-for-3 with a walk, two singles, and a double this morning at Etowah HS in a 6-2 win over Athletes Edge. DH Connor Foltyn was also perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 a walk and two base hits. Meanwhile, EH Tyler Polloh went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

    • EJ Sports Titans EH Brett Barbier went 2-for-2 with a walk and two singles in a 3-1 win over the Carolina Vikings at Etowah HS Wednesday. 1B Mitch Flores went 2-for-3 with two singles.

    • St. Louis Gamers Gray C Peter Fairbanks went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double in the Gamers' 7-4 win over the Triple Threat Bearcats down at Field 5 this afternoon. Also for the Gamers, RF Jacob Lund went 2-for-4 with a single and a 2-RBI double.
    For the Bearcats, 1B Nathan Struss went a perfect 3-for-3 with three-straight base hits.
Two Live Arms for Kentucky BB Club >>
Kentucky Baseball Club LHP Ryne Combs touched 83 mph this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS, pitching 2 2/3 innings in a 7-2 win for Kentucky.

Combs had good velo sitting between 76-82 and had good mechanics and good balance during his delivery.

Meanwhile, RHP Michael Bollmer hit 85 during 3 1/3 innings of work. Bollmer showed a loose, easy arm and spotted his fastball nicely. He sat between 81-83 and mixed his pitches well.
Ferguson Earns Shuout >>
Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold LHP Richard Ferguson pitched seven shutout innings this morning at Walton HS, allowing just four hits to pick up a 8-0 win over Chain Baseball Gold.

Ferguson gave up three singles and a double in his complete-game outing. He struck out two and topped out at 80 mph.

On offense for the Jacks, Ron Sessa and Matthew Clancy accounted for five of their team's eight runs. Both went a perfect 2-for-2. Sessa had a single and a triple to drive in three runs, while Clancy hit two singles to bring home two runs.
Justis Pitches 1-Hit Shutout >>
East Cobb Astros 14U RHP Connor Justis pitched five innings and allowed just one hit this afternoon on Field to pick up a 8-0 win over the USA Mavericks.

Justis' lone hit surrendered came with two outs in the fourth. USA C Ed Conroy spoiled the potential no-hitter with a bunt single.
Webb Shines for Diamond Skills >>
Diamond Skills RF Billy Webb went 3-for-3 this afternoon at Kell HS in the Skills' 8-1 win over the Patriots of Northern Virgina.

Webb not only looked good on offense, but on defense as well. One of his scouting notes reads: "plays with a lot of energy."

Also hitting well for the Diamond Skills, 1B Michael Kirsch and P Michael Flax both went 2-for-3. Flax had two singles and Kirsch had a single and a RBI double.
Ashe, Coyle Highlight EC Titans/Rebels Match >>
Rebels Baseball 2B Tyler Coyle went 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a RBI double this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS to help the Rebels to a 3-2 win over the East Cobb Titans.

Coyle showed good pop and an ability to hit balls where they're pitched in two of his three at-bats of the day.

For the Titans, LF Clint Ashe showcased his lead-off potential, hitting a RBI double and a single.
Offensive Boom at Kennesaw >>
Team Anderson and the Atlanta Blue Jays didn't shy away from swinging some hefty lumber this afternoon at Kennesaw Mountain HS. Eight hitters had more than two hits in a high-scoring, 12-9 win for the Blue Jays.

For Team Anderson: SS Cody Nulph and LF Daniel Swick both went 2-for-3 with a walk, a single, and a double. Nulph showed good discipline at the plate and knowledge of the strike zone. Swick stayed inside well and went to the opposite field.

CF Eric Hutting looked out standing for Team Anderson, going 3-for-4 with three singles — one for a RBI. He had a great bunt single and had a quiet bat.

For the Blue Jays: 1B Chris Hale went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single. He showed good pop and good extension through the zone.

C Bryan Buckhault, SS Cody Landford, and RF Andrew Nicholson all went 2-for-3. Landford and Nicholson tallied two singles. Buckhault had a RBI single and a lead-off triple.

Meanwhile, P Tony Hunter just missed hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a single, and a RBI triple. He showed pop in the batter's box and had great speed down the line.


Big Bats in Tampa Bay/Action Game >>
Tampa Bay Warriors RHP went 2-for-4 this afternoon down on Field 5 at the Complex, hitting two two-run bombs in a 13-12 Warriors loss to the Action Baseball Club White.

For Action, CF Lewis Guilbeau and 3B Dustin Beasley both went yard. Guilbeau went 1-for-3 with a jack while Beasley went 3-for-3 with a homer and two singles.

Also worth noting, three Action hitters went 2-for-3: SS Jonlius Castro, EH Colton Turner, and DH Jake Valdez. All three posted two singles with Castro's bringing in three combined runs.
NE Nationals Pound Canes North >>
New England Nationals RHP Devin Over and RHP Kevin Lacy combined for a six-inning, four-hit shutout this morning at Sprayberry HS, defeating Canes North 8-0.

Over allowed four hits through 4 2/3 innings. He also topped out at 83 mph and showed good bite on his curve ball.


On offense, the Nationals had three batters tally more than one hit, including RF Matthew Pugh, who went a perfect 2-for-2 with two base knocks and a walk. 1B Joey Yeadon and LF Michael Cannata both went 2-for-3 with a single and a extra-base hit.

Yeadon smacked a RBI triple while Cannata had a 2-RBI double.
Odum Wins Pitching Duel Vs.VA Diamonds >>
Georgia Jayhawks RHP Brent Odum and Virginia Diamonds RHP Tim Kelly battled for seven innings this afternoon over on Field 1 at the Eat Cobb Complex. But despite Kelly's best effort, Odum came out on top.

It took a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh by Jayhawks 2B Graham Bunting to give Odum a 3-2 win.

Through seven innings, Odum gave up two runs on four hits while striking out 11. Kelly, however, stuck out eight and allowed three runs on seven hits.

Both pitchers topped out at 84 mph and showed some action on their fastballs.
Indiana Rampage Show Offense >>
The Indiana Rampage edged Gators Baseball this morning at Sprayberry HS, 8-5, thanks in part to four outstanding plate performances.

CF Kyle Pitlick went 2-for-2 with a single and a double, P Luke Bochelmon went 1-for-3 with a 3-RBI double, and both 3B Jake Hester and RF Austin Elpers went 2-for-3 to help the Rampage post seven runs in the third inning.

Elpers managed two singles while Hester tallied a single and a double in the victory.
Zuchowski, Wilk Combine for Shuout >>
The South Oakland A's defeated Team Rhode Island this afternoon at the Complex, 13-0, thanks in part to a dual shutout effort by RHP Daniel Zuchowski and LHP Michael Wilk.

Zuchowski allowed no hits through two innings, hitting 84 mph in the process. He showed good command and an ability to consistently throw strikes.

Meanwhile, Wilk through the final two innings, giving up no runs on three hits.
EC Astros Throw Combined 2-Hitter >>
Five East Cobb pitchers joined forces to pitch a combined seven-inning two-hitter this morning on Field on at the Complex in a 4-2 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black.

LHP Jacob Bruce earned the win, throwing the first two innings and allowing no hits while striking out three Diamond Jacks hitters.

RHP David Sosebee and RHP Blake Burkett each threw an inning of relief before RHP Austin Norrell pitched in the fifth and six.

LHP Jared Walsh closed out the win, allowing one run on one hit in the seventh inning. Walsh also struck out three and topped out at 81 mph.
Banditos  >>
Jarred Greene (2012 Magnolia H.S. Magnolia, TX.) shut down the Indy Pony Express today by staying consistently between 84-86 and topping out at 87. He also showed great mound presence while on the mound. Also throwing  some heat for the Houston Banditos was Hunter Kopycinski (2012 St. Thomas H.S. Houston, TX.). Kopycinski was sitting comfortably between 83-85.

Helping out the pitchers were Courtney Hawkins (2012 Corpus Christi Carroll H.S. Corpus Christi, TX.) and Jordan Lee (2011 Cy-Creek H.S. Houston, TX.). Hawkins showed off some of his power going 3-4 scoring 1 run, hitting for 2 RBI's and finishing just a home run shy of the cycle. Hawkins also showed off his athleticism in the field. Lee finished the afternoon going 2-3 with a walk, 1 double, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Showing he knows his way around the bases once he gets on.   
EC Shamrocks Win Slugfest >>
East Cobb Shamrocks CF Tyler Mauzy showcased his lead-off approach this morning on Field 3 at the East Cobb Comples, going 3-for-4 with three-straight singles in the Shamrocks' 9-7 over the NY Gothams.

P Austin Matthews and 2B Mike Ujjin also hit well. Matthews went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, and Ujjin went 2-for-4 with two base hits as well.
Tillman shows power in big Kalamazoo win >>
Jordan Tillman (2011 Portage Northern H.S. Portage, MI.) helped his team cruise to a victory over NorCal East this afternoon. Tillman was 2-4 on the day with a Double and a Grand Slam, ending the day with 4 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored. Also helping out was Kyle Jusick (2011 Hackett Catholic H.S. Paw Paw, MI) going 2-2 with an RBI.
Bulldogs Win Serious Slugfest >>
The Northeast Bulldogs and East Cobb Diamondbacks locked up in a slug-fest that took a late push by the Bulldog hitters to win. CF Chris Hoyt (2012, Xavierian, MA) paced the offense as he reached base in every at bat, showing good contact skills and good speed with three runs, three hits and three stolen bases. 3B Matt Heiser (2011, Worcester Academy, MA) showed power in the middle of the Bulldogs lineup blasting a two run homer in the bottom of the last inning which brought the Bulldogs back to within one run and they went on to win the game 13-10.     
Braves Win Pitcher's Duel >>
The Richmond Braves National '12 got the best of the Mid Hudson Tigers 2-1 in a pitcher's duel on Thursday morning.  Starter RHP Tyler Thomas (2012, Woodbridge HS, GA) was solid for the Braves going 4.1 inning allowing no runs on three hits.  RHP Luke Scherzer (2013, Powhatan HS, VA) closed out the game for the Braves and sat between 81-83 with his fastball.  

Offensively, CF JD Johnson (2012, Prince George HS, VA) paced the Braves going 3-3 with a double, while 2B Robbie Meerman (2011, Kingston, CT) had a big day for the Tigers going 3-3 with two doubles.
Raymond Hits 84 in Relief >>
Canes Central RHP Dylan Raymond touched 84 mph Wednesday night on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

In relief of the winning pitcher Cameron Snow, Raymond allowed no hits through two innings and sat between 81-83 mph.
Kory Shumate Leads NC Baseball Academy to Win >>
NC Baseball Academy leadoff hitter 2B Kory Shumate (2012, Grimsley HS, NC) set the table for his teams dramatic walk off 6-5 win over the Action Baseball Club Green. Shumate showed a great contact ability as he put the ball in play during each at bat, going 3-4 with two singles, a double and two runs scored. His double was a clutch hit to leadoff the bottom of the 7th inning in a tie game, and he eventually came around to score the winning run on a walk off Sac-fly by Josiel Colon (2012, Eastern Guilford, NC).
Stars use bats to power past Team Georgia >>
The Knoxville Stars came out swinging yesterday as they beat Team Georgia 9-2 in pool play. Coy Williams (2012 William Blount H.S. Friendsville, TN.) lead the charge of the Knoxville Stars going 3-4 with 2 Doubles, 2 Runs Scored, and 2 RBI's. Also helping out Williams were Drake Owenby (2012 Powell H.S. Powell, TN.) and Colby Skeen (2012 Powell H.S. Powell, TN.) Owenby went 3-4 with 3 RBI's, and Skeen was 2-3 with 2 Runs Scored and 3 RBI's.
Farnell Pitches EC Rangers to Victory >>
LHP James Farnell threw a complete-game three-hit shutout Wednesday night down on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex.

Farnell flashed solid command and plate usage in his seven-inning outing. He struck out 14 hitters and threw a 68-71-mph slider down and in to right-handers. His fastball sat between 78-80 mph.
Keith, Hieb Stand Out in Long Island/Action Game >>
Long Island Strom DH Zack Hieb and Action Baseball Black 3B Kolby Keith both went 2-for-3 Wednesday afternoon at Weber HS in the Storm's 8-4 win over Action.

Hieb hit a pair of singles — one for a RBI — while Keith posted a single and a double.
Excel Blue Sox Swing Heavy Lumber >>
The Excel Blue Sox beat the St. Louis Dodgers Wednesday morning at Kell HS, 15-2. Thee Blue Sox hitters tallied more than one hit.

Excel CF Matthew Goodson went 2-for-2 with a single, a triple, and a walk. EH Austin Cower and RF Will Davis went 2-for-3. Cower managed two singles while Davis posted a single and a 3-RBI triple.
Big Bats in Ann Arbor/Diamond Skills Game >>
The Ann Arbor Travelers and Diamond Skills Baseball put on a show on offense Wednesday night on Field 3 at the Complex. Here are the top plate performers from the game:

    • Ann Arbor P/3B Nathan Hunt went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run during the Travelers' 6-4 win over Diamond Skills.

    • Ann Arbor SS Travis Maezes went a perfect 2-for-2 with a single and a double, showing a good swing and aggressiveness at the plate.

    • Diamond Skills RF Billy Webb went 2-for-2 as well, hitting a pair of singles — one for a RBI. Meanwhile, 3B/LF Tyler Fairbanks went 2-for-4 with two singles.
DeMedieros Leads Team RI to Win >>
Team Rhode Island C Cory DeMedieros went 2-for-3 Wednesday morning at Weber HS, hitting a solo home run and a 2-RBI single in a 6-2 win over the Georgia Jayhawks.

DeMedieros drove the ball and showed good quickness during his at-bats. Rhode Island P Joe Yankee also went 2-for-3, tallying a single and a double.

3B Adam Benvie went 2-for-4, hitting two singles — one for a RBI — while showing good bat speed.
Grand Slam Seals Win For Mariners >>
NJ Mariners 2012's Blue 1B Zach Gray (2012, Morristown Beard, NJ) showed his impressive bat speed and power by crushing a grand-slam home run that put the Mariners ahead of the resilient World of Baseball Angels for good. Gray also hit a double and scored two runs and tallied five RBI for the Mariners who needed them all on their way to a 10-5 victory.
More Mound Gems from Today (Complex Edition) >>
    • Austin Banditos RHP Aaron Collins pitched a six-inning two-hitter this afternoon on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex, beating the Illinois Royals, 10-0. Collins didn't allow a hit until the fifth when he gave up a single to Royals LF Mark DeYoung. He topped out at 81 mph and struck out four.

    • East Cobb Cubs LHP Jake Moore threw a complete-game three hitter this afternoon against Canes North over on Field 3 to earn a 4-0 win. Moore touched 85 mph and struck out five Canes hitters. He showed a 1-7, 68-mph curve that had some bite to it as well.

    • Team Anderson RHP Troy Mullahby lit up the radar gun this afternoon down on Field 5, topping out at 89 mph in a 11-2 Anderson win over the Dallas Patriots. Mullahby struck out nine and allowed three runs on three hits. He also showed a sharp 74-76-mph curve.
Tipton/Jernigan Toss Pair Of Shutouts >>
Chattanooga Cyclones RHP John Tipton (2012, Baylor School, TN) and Pinnacle Prospects RHP Ben Jernigan (2012, Woodward Academy, GA) tossed a pair of four-hit shutouts in a 0-0 tie on Wednesday at Pope HS.    Tipton sat in the 70-73 range with pinpoint command striking out two batters, while walking none and hitting just one batter.  Jernigan was also very impressive sitting in the 75-78 range with his fastball, strikng out six hitters while walking two batters.
Washington Brewers Concoct Winning Potion >>
Four Washington RIPS Brewers had multi-hit games this afternoon at Kennesaw Mountain HS in a 12-2 win over the St. Louis Gamers Gray.

CF Jonny Locher and RF Trevor Lane both went 2-for-3. Locher hit a RBI single and a triple while Lane laced a pair of triples to bring home three runs.

LF Landon Cray also hit a triple and a RBI single to go 2-for-4, and 2B Billy Sahlinger went 2-for-2 with a walk and two singles.
D-Backs Bite Dulins >>
3B Jordan Dukes and LF Austin Smith both went 3-for-3 to lead Team D-Backs to a 13-3 win over Dulins Dodgers this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS.

Dukes tallied 4 RBI, hitting two singles and a double, while Smith smacked two singles and a triple for 3 RBI.
Romero Nearly Gets Cycle >>
Tampa Bay Warriors SS Avery Romero fell one hit shy of hitting for the cycle this afternoon over on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Romero went 3-for-3 with a double, a single, and a three-run home run — just missing the cycle. Avery showed good speed and flashed some leather at shorstop in the 9-1 win.
Shutout Performances from Today >>
We have three notable mound performances to report from a few of today's games:

    • Diamond Devils RHP Ryan Stone through seven scoreless innings this afternoon at Walton HS in a 6-0 win over the 2012 On Deck O's Orange. Stone allowed four hits — three singles and a double — and struck out eight On Deck hitters. He showed a simple, well-balanced delivery and topped out at 78 mph.

    • Homeplate Chilidogs LHP Drew Watkins and RHP Tate Hutwagner threw a combined six-inning shutout this morning at Walton HS to earn a 8-0 win over the St. Louis Gamers Blue. Watkins pitched the first five innings, allowing two hits and topping out at 81 mph. Hutwagner took to the bump in the final inning and retired the side in order to close out the win.

    • Kentucky Baseball Club RHP Matthew Johnson tossed a no-hitter this afternoon against the Dugout Club Tigers. Throwing four innings, Johnson struck out three and touched 82 mph.
Canes South Cruises By Tri-State Gray >>
Canes South put on a hitting clinic this afternoon over on Field 5 at th East Cobb Complex. Five Canes hitters posted two or more hits in a 14-1 win over the Tri-State Arsenal Gray.

RF Chris Kane went a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles and a RBI double, showing quick hands and a good swing at the plate.

Meanwhile, 2B Sam Foy, SS Kyle Humphrey, and P Gray Brooks all went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. EH Andrew Mayton went 2-for-2 with a walk and two singles as well.
Royal Hits 85 in Loss >>
East Cobb Titans RHP Michael Royal touched 85 mph this morning at Kell HS in a 4-3 loss to NorCal East.

Royal went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven NorCal hitters. He displayed good mechanics and command of his pitches.
Hoehn Pitches Gem >>
Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black RHP Tim Hoehn threw a complete-game one-hitter this morning at Kell HS, showing excellent control and solid mechanics in a 3-0 win over Athletes Edge.

Hoehn stuck out nine and topped out at 80 mph. He looked fairly free and easy and had very good demeanor and presence on the mound.
Jurney, Devin Lead Under Armour Offense >>
SS Ryan Jurney went 2-for-4 with two doubles and 2B Bell Devin went 3-for-4 with three-straight singles this morning to lead the Under Amour Heat to a 5-1 win over the Mid-Hudson Tigers at Dominion Christian HS.

Jurney, who racked up a RBI trifecta, showed good hands and hit one of his doubles down the line to bring home a pair of runs.

Meanwhile, Devin displayed good speed and hustle down the line on each of his three base hits.
Big Day for Tri-State >>
The Tri-State Arsenal dominated the West End Wildcats this morning at Dominion Christian HS, winning a five-inning affair, 13-0.

Arsenal RHP Ben Legath and RHP Ryan Ellison combined for a one-hit shutout. Legath pitched the first four innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Ellison then closed out the gem, tossing one perfect inning in relief.

Legath sat between 80-82 mph and showed balance in his delivery.

On offense, CF Ed Royds looked quick and showed he can go with pitches, batting 2-for-4 with a 2-RBI single and a 2-RBI double.

Legath and 2B Vaughn Champion also hit well. Legath went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles — one of which plated two runs. Champion sorched a RBI double down the line and added a single in the fifth to go 2-for-3 as well.


Boyette, Rich Throw Combined Shutout >>
Chain Baseball Black RHP Ryan Boyette and RHP Stewart Rich joined forces for seven innings of scoreless ball this morning on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex.

Boyette went five innings and allowed just one hit — a single in the second inning. He also struck out five and topped out at 82 mph.

Rich pitched the final two innings, giving up no hits and striking out one hitter while hitting 83.
Dean, Hawkins Gleam in Shutout >>
Houston Banditos Black 2B Austin Dean went 2-for-3 this morning on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex, hitting two home run to guide the Banditos to a 10-0 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold.

Dean had a good swing and good pop in his two stellar at-bats. Hits first jack brought hom three runs in the third inning, and his second was a grand slam in the fifth.

Meanwhile, RHP Courtney Hawkins showcased a blazing fastball, topping out at 90 mph while sitting ebtween 85-88. Hawkins went 4 1/3 innings, giving up one hit while striking out seven D-Jacks hitters. He also showed a sharp 70-75-mph slider.
Notable Pitching Performances >>
    • Homeplate Chilidogs RHP Jesse Copeland got up to 87 mph Tuesday afternoon at Pop HS in a 6-5 over Tri-State Arsenal Blue. Copeland pitched just 1/3 of an inning, allowing one run on two hits. He sat between 81-83.

    • Richmond Braves RHP Jack Roberts threw a four-inning shutout Wednesday morning at Kell HS to earn a 12-0 win over the East Cobb Dodgers. Roberts wasn't afraid to come after hitters on the mound. He gave up three base hits and struck out four Dodgers hitters.

    • The Washington RIPS Brewers had a combined shutout Tuesday evening at Walton HS. RHP Taylor Jones and LHP Landon Cray combined for seven scoreless innings. Jones went four innings and allowed three hits while Cray was perfect through the final three. Taylor also topped out at 84 mph and sat between 78-83.

    • Team Green Wave RHP Dillon Hall threw five no-hit innings Tuesday afternoon at Walton HS in a 4-1 win over the NY Gothams. Hall showed a nice, well-balanced delivery and was online to the plate. He topped out at 80 mph and sat between 77-79.
Hunter, Buckhault Shine for ATL Blue Jays >>
Atlanta Blue Jays RF Tony Hunter hit a 2-RBI inside the park home run this morning over on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex to help the Jays run rule the Indiana Irish, 13-7.

Hunter and C Bryan Buckhault lead Atlanta offensively. Hunter had his homer and a single to go 2-for-4 while Buckhault went 2-for-3 with back-to-back singles and a walk.
EC Astros Continue Rampage >>
The East Cobbb Astros stayed perfect in pool play this morning, beating the Texas Boom, 11-0, to keep a giant goose egg in their runs allowed column.

1B Cole Miller and EH Chase Scott lead the Astros offensively, both going 2-for-3. Miller had a single and a 2-RBI double while Scott posted two singles.

On the mound for East Cobb, LHP Daniel Koger pitched five shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out six Boom batters. Koger topped out at 82 mph and have a long, whippy arm action.
Action Baseball White Wins Big >>
Action Baseball Club White looked outstanding at the plate and on the mound this morning in a 10-0 win over Rebels Baseball on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Three Action hitters went 2-for-3, including P Colton Turner, who showed very good power and quick hands, ripping a RBI single and a two-out solo jack.

Both 1B Will Knape and CF Lewis Guilbeau also posted two hits. Knape swung well to tally a pair of singles while Guilbeau stayed back to hit a RBI single and  2-RBI double.

On the mound, Turner pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out five. He showed good mechanics and good command of his pitches.
Warner's five RBI's leads to NorCal East victory >>
Mitch Warner a 2011 first baseman from Chambersburg Area High School in Chambersburg, PA. went 3-4 with 1 run scored and 5 RBI's in NorCal East's victory over the Virginia Clippers. Also helping out Warner was Chance McDonald and Russell Clark. McDonald a 2011 right fielder from Altona High School in Altona PA. went 1-3 with a double, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored. Clark a 2012 catcher from Pine Richland High School in Wexford, PA. went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.
Mays Shuts Down Team Rhode Island in Diamonds Win >>
Brett Mays (2011 Woodside HS, Newport News, VA.) threw a complete game 3 hitter against Team Rhode Island in the Virginia Diamonds opening round victory. Consistently hitting between 81-83 and topping out at 84, Mays was able to keep the Team Rhode Island hitters off balance by hitting his spots and commanding his curveball throughout the game. Mays is one of the rare performers who seems to get stronger as the game goes on topping out at 84 in the 7.
Marucci Elite Swings Well in Tie >>
Three Marucci Elite hitters tallied two base knocks apiece yesterday morning during a 5-5 draw with the Northeast Bulldogs.

2B Seth Stevens, LF Devon St. Romain, and C Jamie Smith all recorded two hits against the Bulldogs with Stevens leading the way. He went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and two walks.

St. Romain went 2-for-4, showing a good opposite-field swing in the first inning. Smith also did a good job of going with pitches, showing an inside-out swing to get both of his singles.
Thompson Showcases Bat in Win >>
Spartenburg Phillies SS Will Thompson was stellar on offense Wednesday morning at Weber HS, recording the Phillies' only two hits to go 2-for-3.

Thompson launched a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first and also smacked a single to help Spartenburg win 2-1 over the Indiana Rampage.
Mazzatenta Touches 85 in Loss >>
East Cobb Cubs RHP Cody Mazzatenta  topped out at 85 mph Wednesday afternoon in a 5-4 loss to the New England Nationals.

Through five innings, Mazzatenta allowed one run on no hits while striking out four Nationals hitters. He showed solid mechanics and had good arm speed and arm action.
Georgia Jayhawks Shine at Plate >>
Three Georgia Jayhawks went 2-for-3 Tuesday afternoon at Etowah HS during the Jayhawks 9-1 win over the South Oakland A's.

2B Will Skidmore, 3B Brent Odom, and 1B Chap Lindstrom all hit safely twice with Odom and Lindstrom tallying an extra-base hit in addition to a single.

Odom launched a two-run home run in the top of the first, and Lindstrom had a double in the fifth. Meanwhile, Skidmore laced back-to-back singles, showing a compact swing and ability to go to the opposite field.
Dukes Throws 2-Hit Shutout >>
RHP Jordan Dukes pitched seven solid innings Tuesday evening over on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex, helping Team D-Backs to a 3-0 win over the EJ Sports Titans.

Through seven innings, Dukes gave up just two hits — both singles — and struck out six Titans hitters. He challenged hitters and showed good command of his fastball, which topped out at 85 mph and sat between 83-85.
Astros 14U Explode For 21 Runs In Opener >>
The East Cobb Astros 14U exploded for 21 runs on Tuesday afternoon in a 21-5 victory over the Kingsbridge Knights.  All of the Astros played in a role in the big offensive day with every player scoring a run except for clean-up hitter Nick High who went 1-3 with 2 RBIs.
Illinois Royals Swing Hot Bats  >>
The Illinois Royals defeated the World of Baseball Angels in their first game of the tournament by a score of 12-1. Several Royals had big days, particularly the heart of their lineup. 1B Mike Rogala (2012, Plainfield East HS, IL), C Matt Gillis (2011, Romeoville, IL) and 3B Nick Kaminski (2011, Providence Catholic, IL) really led the way for the Royals as they scored seven of their teams twelve runs. Mike showed good on base skills and a willingness to go the other way in his 2-3, BB, 2 1B, 3R, SB. Matt showed great athleticism and a quick first step as he went 2-3, 2R, BB, SB. Nick provided some thunder and showed a smooth swing as he went: 3-4, 2R, 2 1B, 2B, 4RBI, SB. These three hitters will look to build on their hot start in their game tomorrow.     
Morovick Powers Team Anderson >>
RHP Drew Morovick had a big day on the mound and at the plate to lead Team Anderson to a 10-1 victory over the Indiana Irish on Tuesday afternoon.  Morovick sat at 82-85 with his fastball in 4 innings of work. He allowed only 1 run on 2 hits.  Offensively Drew also had a big day, hitting in the three-hole for Team Anderson going 2-2 scoring 2 runs.

SS Cody Julph was also impressive for Team Anderson in the field and at the plate.  Julph plays a very solid shortstop, while also batting cleanup.
Kentucky Baseball Club Starter Tosses Shutout >>
Kentucky Baseball Club 15s SP RJ Carroll (2011, Lexington Catholic HS, KY) fired a 5 hit shutout against the Tri State Arsenal Grey. RJ showed very good command and movement as he struck-out three and only walked one over seven innings of work.

Kentucky Baseball Club needed a late inning rally to win the game 3-0, and it was fitting that Logan McQuerry (2012, George Rogers, KY) capped off his three hit day at the plate with what proved to be the game winning RBI. Logan showed great hustle all game and finished 3-3 with 2 1B, 2B, RBI, SB and a R.
NJ Mariners Take Down Austin Banditos >>
The NJ Mariners 2012s Blue defeated the Austin Banditos 7-2 on the strength of the bat of Joe Szorentini (2011, Paramus HS, NJ) who showed pop and a quick bat with a clutch two run homer in the 3rd inning that put the Mariners ahead for good. Mariners SP Brandon Mayers (2011, Pope John HS, NJ) showed an impressive demeanor on the mound and earned the win while topping out with an 84mph fastball and a 64-67mph curve ball.
Dirtbags Show Power Arms and Power Bats >>
The Dirtbags 15u opened the tournament with an 8-5 win over the Action Baseball Club Black. Dirtbags pitchers Preston Tiller (2012, Ardrey Kell, NC), Reilly Hovis (2012, Forestview HS, NC ), and Trent Thornton (2012, Ardrey Kell, NC ) all showed off power fastballs which topped out at 84mph. They all displayed very quick arms and their upside as power pitchers as they fanned nine hitters over six combined innings of work.

RF Zach Daly (2012 Forestview HS, NC) stole the show at the plate with his two run homer that tied the game in the home half of the fifth inning. Daly showed a smooth swing with very quick hands, and a willingness to really let it fly through the zone when he got a good pitch to hit.     
Houston Banditos Black Roll in First Win >>
The Houston Banditos Black opened with an impressive 10-1 win over the Chain Baseball Gold. Everything clicked today for the Banditos, as they racked up the hits and got a great pitching performance as well. Starter Cory Geisler (2012) earned the victory with a five inning complete game one hitter, allowing only one unearned run in his five innings of work. Cory topped out at 81mph and showed a sharp bite on his 67-69mph slider. He worked both pitches effectively in the zone notching 8K's and allowing only two walks.

While there were many top performers at the plate for the Banditos, Khristian Camacho (2011, Richard King HS, TX) topped them all with a 3-3 day at the plate with two runs and three stolen bases. Camacho showed his athleticism on the basepaths as well as a very quick bat on route to his great day at the dish.


Stephen Godfrey Shuts Down East Coast Grays >>
The Canes North 2012s opened the tournament with a 7-1 win against the East Coast Grays. Canes starting pitcher Stephen Godfrey (2012, Douglas Freeman HS, VA) tossed six innings of two hit one run baseball to earn the win. Stephen flashed a 79-82mph fastball, a 59-61mph curve and 72-74 mph change. Stephen got on a strikeout roll in the very first inning as he struck out the side, finishing with 11 punch-outs. Stephen showed a great ability to keep hitters off balance with a combination of changed speeds and movement. He also showed good command allowing only one walk over six innings.

The Canes offense was paced by on base machine Hunter Higgerson (2011, Great Bridge HS, VA) who was on base all four times he came to bat, displaying a great eye in drawing three walks and also adding a single.
Stewart, Hulsey Go Yard for Gwinnett Mizuno >>
Team Gwinnett Mizuno EH Christin Stewart and CF Chase Hulsey both smacked jacks this afternoon on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex.

Stewart went a perfect 2-for-2 with a single and a two-run home run while Hulsey went 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

Stewart showed a good swing and managed to keep his hands inside the ball. Hulsey showed good pop for 5-9. 148-pound frame.

Also in the game, Long Island Storm 3B Kyle Demeo went 3-for-4 with three singles — one for 2 RBI. SS Zach Goldstein also hit well, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
Carter Throws No-No >>
LHP Kyle Carter threw five no-hit innings this morning at Pope HS to help Chain Baseball Black beat Gators Baseball, 10-0.

Carter topped out at 86 mph and sat between 83-85. He had some movement on his fastball, and one of his scout notes says "he could have overpowering stuff once he figures out his best release point."
Rayle Throws 2-Hitter >>
indy Pony Express RHP Seth Rayle threw a two-hit gem this morning at Walton HS.

Rayle pitched seven innings and allowed one run on two hits in a 3-1 win for the Express. He showed a good feel for pitching and had a nice 70-mph curve, which can be an excellent out pitch in the future.
Good Hitters for Action Baseball White in Win >>
LF Colton Turner and 3B Dustin Beasley both went 2-for-3 this morning during a 5-2 win for Action Baseball Club White at Kell HS.

Turner posted a single and a double for one RBI, while Beasley showed a little more power with a 2-RBI home run and a RBI double.
Justin Camp Hits 90 for Excel Blue Sox >>
Excel Blue Sox RHP Justin Camp looked outstanding this morning over on Field 1 at the East Cobb Complex, pitching four shutout innings and topping out at 90 mph in the Sox's 5-1 win over the Chattahoochee Cyclones.

Camp showed a low-effort delivery and had a hard-breaking 10-4, 76-mph slider. He also has a 12-6/11-5 curve and a 77-mph change up, which looked great.
NC Baseball Academy Shine Against Tucker Dodgers >>
NC Baseball Academy 2B Kory Shumate went 3-for-4 this morning on Field 5 at the East Cobb Complex, hitting two singles and a double in NC's 10-2 win over the Tucker Dodgers.

Shumate showed a good swing and was able to use all fields in three of his five at-bats.

CF Josiel Colon and RF Jacob Watts also hit well for NC. Both went 2-for-4. Watts tallied a pair of singles, while Colon hit a single and a one-out grand slam in the second inning.
EC Astros Put Kibosh on Athletes Edge >>
The East Cobb Astros looked stellar this morning in a 18-0 win over Athletes Edge over on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Five Astros hitters posted video-game numbers at the plate, including EH David Sosebee, who went 2-for-3 with a 2-RBI double and a two-out grand slam. 3B Chase Scott also went 2-for-3, hitting two singles to amass 3 RBI.

SS Matt Gonzalez was another offensive machine for East Cobb. Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two singles — one for a RBI — and a RBI triple. CF Hunter Webb also hit well, going 2-for-4 with a RBI single and a double.

Meanwhile, Astros RHP Jack Berry looked good on the mound, allowing two hits — both singles — through four innings. Berry showed good mechanics and had good movement on both his fastball and curve.
Ann Arbor/Northern Virgina Game Notes >>
Patriots of Northern Virginia 1B Billy Eckert and Ann Arbor Travelers SS Travis Maezes both went 2-for-3 this morning at Kennesaw Mountain HS.

Eckert was outstanding for the Patriots, smacking back-to-back triples, registering a 12.72 home-to-third time on one of his extra-base hits.

Ann Arbor's Maezes showed some solid bat speed during his at-bats. He tallied back-to-back singles and looked aggressive on the base paths.

Meanwhile, Ann Arbor RHP Daniel McKinny looked good despite getting tagged with the 6-3 loss. Through three innings, McKinny showed great arm speed and had tight spin on his 12-6, 70-mph curve. He also topped out at 84 mph and sat between 80-83.
Texas Boom Brings Bats >>
Texas Boom C John Kresta and P Teddy Stankiwiecz both went 2-for-3 this morning in a 7-4 win over the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Black at Dominion Christian HS.

Stankiwiecz and Kresta both tallied a single and a RBI double. Kresta also registered a 2.04 pop time in the field.

Meanwhile, SS Brandon Courville was perfect at the plate with two singles and a walk.
Morrison Tosses First No-No of the Day >>
We had a bunch of standout pitching performances last week during the WWBA 16U National Championships, with several talented young arms pitching no-hitters and shutouts seemingly every other game.

It wouldn't be far-fetched to assume that this week won't be any different.

Palmetto Sand Gnats 15U RHP Mikey Morrison threw a five-inning no-hitter this morning in a 9-1 win over the 2012 On Deck O's Black on Field 3 at the East Cobb Complex.

Morrison's lone run allowed came in the first inning when O's lead-off hitter Andrew Pope scored on a sacrifice bunt by C John Mangum.

Through five innings Morrison struck out five O's hitters and sat between 78-81 mph.
Team Alabama Cruises in First Victory >>
Team Alabama picked up their first victory of the tournament this morning with an 11-0 win over the Roswell Renegades. On the mound Team Alabama threw a combined no hitter between four pitchers. Colton Freeman (2012, Briarwood HS, AL) earned the win throwing 2 1/3 hit-less and scoreless innings utilizing a 77-80mph fastball and a very sharp 64-69 mph slider.

 The hit-less relief effort included Jeremy Hyde (2012, Calera HS, AL), Jameis Winston (2012, Hueytown HS, AL) and Chris Adams (2012, Madison Academy, AL). Jeremy showed a 79-81 mph fastball and a tight 12-6 curve. Jameis flashed a 75-78mph fastball and a sharp curve that came in between 61-63mph. Chris showed a fastball which topped at 71mph and a big lefty hook of a curveball that was clocked at 60mph.

The biggest star at the dish for Team Alabama was 2B Jordan Ebert (2012, Fairhope HS, AL) who showed plenty of pop and a quick bat going 2-3, with two home runs and three RBI.     
Pinnacle Prospects Start Off Day 1 With Rout >>
RHP Brian Minter pitched a four-inning two hitter this morning to help lead the Pinnacle Prospects to a 14-1 win over the St. Louis Dodgers on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

Minter gave up a single and a double in the first inning and pitched lights out through the next three. The 6-4, 155-pound hurler showed good mechanics, a nice curve, and good movement on his 73-78-mph fastball.

The Prospects also got some solid offensive output from CF Robert Currie, who went 4-for-4 with three singles and a 2-RBI double.

LF Zack Boulder and C Kyle Irwin had great mornings at the plate as well. Blouder went a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a RBI triple, showing "very good power all over the field." Meanwhile, Irwin went 2-for-3 with a RBI single and a double.