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Friday, July 11, 2014

Show's Moniak a special talent

Sam Brazenas        
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- A jet-lagged San Diego Show was able to pull out a win in their first game of the 2014 16u WWBA National Championship.

We came off a flight yesterday,” explained center fielder Mickey Moniak, “so obviously we were a little tired. But we got the first one out of the way, [although] we didn’t play our best.”

Tired or not, the San Diego Show managed to put on a show. Moniak came out strong as the lead-off hitter, starting off the first inning with a single, which led to a 3-0 lead by the end of the inning. His teammate, Ryan Orr, brought in their first run with a ground out, and continued with three more RBIs throughout the game.

Orr and Moniak both play for the same high school team – La Costa Canyon – as well as the Show. Moniak, who was named California’s 2014 Sophomore of the Year said their high school team is “a good program with a lot of good baseball.”

Moniak began playing in Perfect Game events last year and is ranked No. 22 in the PG High School Class of 2016 rankings. He said it is an honor to be ranked so high since Perfect Game has “some of the best baseball in the world.”

Moniak showed up for one day in the 15u WWBA National Championship and helped his team reach the quarter-finals. He is now on track to helping his team in the 16u go further.

Mickey is a very special talent,” explained head coach Anthony Stabile. “[He] played on the 15u USA team last year. We’ve had a long list of PG All-Americans in this program and we’re hoping mickey is a 2016 PG All-American.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound outfielder has already made a verbal commitment to UCLA, although he has aspirations of one day going pro.

Since I was younger, ever since I knew you could get a scholarship to college, I’ve wanted to go to UCLA. I definitely want to go to UCLA but ultimately be in the pros,” explained Moniak.

Although young, the Show has many players already committed to play in college. Jonah Davis, class of 2015, is committed to Nevada; Ryan Johnston, class of 2015, is committed to UC Irvine; Jonathan Pendergast, class of 2015, is committed to Pepperdine; and Ben Ramirez, class of 2017, is committed to Southern California.

This squad has a lot of commits on it [and] we have other guys who are looking to get commits this weekend,” explained Stabile. “It’s a talented group. This squad is expected to do big things in this tournament.”

The Show as a program has been competing in PG events for many years, and their 16u started off this tournament well with a big win, but still have six more games to prove themselves.

We won as 14s,” explained Stabile, “We came out as 15s and lost in the elite 8 and we’re back to see how far we can go [this year.]”

The San Diego Show has been around for 13 years, and has teams for players aged 8-18. The teams are coached predominately by alumni of the program.

We’ve got a good reputation across the country, great families, [and] we’ve got great kids who buy into the program,” said Stabile, “Our philosophy is to play baseball real hard, play with passion, and let the chips fall where they may.”

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