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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

San Diego Show continue to impress

Sam Brazenas        

EMERSON, Ga. - There is no doubt that San Diego Show is always out to impress. That they did in a quick five-inning victory over 6-4-3 DP Jaguars on Tuesday at the WWBA 14u National Championship, maintaining their undefeated status and their No. 1 spot in their pool.

“Every game here is an important game for us, so we approach every game like a championship game,” said head coach Luiz Lorenzana. “We come out here and do our job: throw strikes, play defense and our situational hitting’s gotta come through when we have our chances.”

Their situational hitting was up to par on Tuesday. Jacob Allred, Andrew Crane, and Joseph Magrisi all had clutch singles. Crane and Magrisi’s singles both brought home a runner. Chase Wehsener had one double and one RBI.

In the field, the Show did solid work only allowing one run in the last inning. The Show showed their strong defense with some impressive, unexpected plays.

“I think (Jose) Cerda’s play at third on defense really set the tempo for the whole game. It was a 3-0 ball game at the time and he made a diving play that ended up being a double play so that kind of put us in a good spot,” recalled Lorenzana.

On the mound, Michael Pendergast was composed, and the Jaguars were unable to get anything going. During his five innings of work, he only gave up three hits, four walks and no earned runs. He struck out two.

“Michael P, he’s a good little crafty lefty who usually pounds the strike zone with the lead,” said Lorenzana. “He did a really good job. Our defense picked him up a few plays there but he did what he needed to do which was throw strikes.”

Throughout this tournament, the Show has been impressive on the mound only giving up six runs over the course of six games. On Friday, Magrisi threw a no-hitter, with eight strikeouts and no walks. Wehsener was able to keep Tri-state Arsenal from scoring in their three inning, 16-0 victory on Saturday. Allred also allowed no runs in his time on the mound while striking out four batters on Monday.

“Our pitching has been pretty impressive, and we’ve had a couple shut outs. I think the most runs we’ve allowed is three,” recalled Lorenzana. “We’re an organization that is built around pitching and defense so we take a lot of pride in those two areas of the game.”

At the plate, the Show has been on fire. In just six games, they have scored 50 runs. Leading the team in RBI with five, is Benjamin Petty-Hull. Over the course of six games he is averaging .700 with four doubles and three singles.

“Benjamin is the ultimate hard nose, 120 mph each play kid. He’s just a grinder and he sets the tempo for our team and he’s great to have in our ball club. He’s been on base all the time, [has a] double gap-to-gap approach, and he’s a menace on the bases. He’s definitely a player that creates a lot of havoc,” explained Lorenzana.

The Show’s 14u has only been to a few Perfect Game events, including the 2014 MLK Championship where they came in second place. This is their first time in Ga. at the WWBA National Championship. After just missing the championship title at the MLK tournament, they are hungry to win this one.

“Our goal is to come out on top,” said Lorenzana. “I think all the teams come out with that approach but we’re here to play our brand of baseball and at the end of the day, come home with a championship.”

The Show is known for being one of the top baseball programs in the country, and prides themselves on helping their players get to the next level. Many players start with the Show at eight-years-old and move their way up until they go off to college or pros.

“A lot of this group here has been together for three years. They know the implications and know we are out here to compete. Let the chips fall where they fall, but were definitely here to bring our brand of baseball. It’s an organization that from eight-years-old to 18 the whole goal is for them to stay with us throughout and they know our style of playing so it will help us when we come to these events,” explained Lorenzana.

The Show is now 6-0 going into their last pool game against Team Demarini GA on Wednesday who is 5-1. Fortunately for the Show, win or lose, they will still go on to the playoff round because of the high scoring games they’ve had. However, the Show still has a goal of winning every game they play for here on out.

“Every game is an important game for us,” explained Lorenzana. “We came all the way across the country with a business like mentality and we’re [ready] to take care of business.”

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