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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

17u eXposure Prime dominate

Tiffany Seal        
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eXposure captured their third win Tuesday after several rain delays which pushed the game back to an 8:00 p.m. start time.

Starter Cole Wilcox pitched a gem, going 6 2/3 innings with three hits, one walk and 12 strikeouts.

“Cole is kind of unlike anyone I’ve ever seen,” said head coach Brandon Turner. “It’s not just the arm and the stuff, he’s got the mentality and maturity, everything is pretty much there, and he’s just a great kid on and off the field. But the biggest thing I would say with him is his competitiveness, it’s on anther level than most kids, especially when they are 16 and 17 years old, they worry about me, but with him it’s always about the team and what does he need to do to help the team.”

The offense came out lights out as well, complimenting the pitching with an equally strong performance at the plate.

“We are all from the same area, so we all know each other and play together well,” said Wilcox.

Outfielder Andre Tarver led the way, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs with a double in the fourth and a two-RBI single in the seventh, which was all a part of a six-run fourth and three-run seventh that displayed the dominance of the eXposure program.

“Obviously there are tons of scouts here,” said Wilcox. “You get to play in a baseball environment and you come down here and compete with the best teams in the country, so you can’t help but get any better.”

The eXposure 17u Prime is coached by former professional baseball player Turner. Turner is an alumnus of the Mississippi State baseball program and was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 2008, where he played two seasons for the Fish.

“It’s been awesome, coach Turner is the best there is, he knows everybody, he’ll do anything for you and goes to battle for you. He has a first-class organization,” said Wilcox about playing for eXposure.

Turner began coaching shortly after his professional career with Lee University, where he was the recruiting coordinator and worked with infielders and hitting. After two seasons in 2010 and 2011 at Carson Newman, Turner landed an assistant coaching position at Tennessee Tech. Similar to his past titles, he was the recruiting coordinator and helped with infielding and hitting.

Alongside coaching eXposure, Turner is a scout in the New York Mets organization. Founded in 2015, eXposure has helped numerous players sign with schools. The 17u Prime team has 14 players headed to Division I schools in 2018.

“Dylan Bosheers, we call him our scouting director, and he goes out and does a really good job of putting the teams together,” said Turner. “Dylan played for me at Tennessee Tech, so he’s been with us for two years now. He’s a tireless worker and goes out and finds talent, but he does a really good job of developing too. He’s been there as a player, he’s been there as a coach, he’s a big reason why our teams do as well as they do.”

Two of those top recruits include Wilcox, who will play for the University of Georgia, and Tarver, heading to Turner’s alma mater, Mississippi State.  

“[I am looking forward to] just getting there and helping the team anyway I can. I think I compete harder than anybody,” said Turner about his future at UGA. “I’m not scared and I’m just ready to get rolling.”

With an up and coming program going into its third year, the future looks bright for this team that is making a statement in one of the most competitive 17U tournaments nation-wide.

“We kind of had a blunder last game, but we have our pitching set up really well,” said Turner. “We have a good group of kids, a lot of them are obviously committed, but have the drive to want to play and want to win, so we feel good.”

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