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Friday, December 08, 2017

PGNIL 12U Playoff Preview

BJ Fish        
12U Playoff Preview

National Seeds
1) Players Edge Blue (10-1-1) - Wayne, New Jersey
2) PG Red (10-2) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3) Starters Red (4-3-5) - Shakopee, Minnesota
4) PG White (9-3) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
5) PG Black (7-5) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6) NJ Axemen Blue (5-5-2) - Wayne, New Jersey
7) Starters Black (3-4-5) - Shakopee, Minnesota
8) NJ Axemen Gold (3-6-3) - Wayne, New Jersey
9) PG Navy (4-8) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
10) Players Edge Red (2-8-2) - Wayne, New Jersey
11) PG Orange (0-12) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Game #1 - #11 PG Orange (0-12) vs #6 NJ Axemen Blue (5-5-2) - Sunday 12/10 5:30PM CT

PG Orange
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Nathan Spengler
66
5
0
0
0
.076
127
42.6
 54.4
 Rocky Yasutake
60
 15 0
 0 1
 .250 204
 54.1  66.5
 Lawsin Sinwell
 55 11
 0 0
 1  .200  162 50.0
 65.9
 Brennan Heesch
61
 11 1
0
0
.180
140
 49.2  66.2
Josiah Hale
 63  8  1  0 0
.127
140
42.4
58.5

Despite the record, PG Orange has competed in some very close games this season. PG Orange has had some games where they could have broken through with some timely hitting but left runners on base. On the season, they are hitting .164 as a team as they look to spring the first round upset against NJ Axemen Blue.

NJ Axemen Blue
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Greg Nascimento
75
40
15
0
21
.533
191
56.2
69.5
 Luke Monico
80
 38 15
 0 11
 .475 183
55.5  65.3
 Andrew Fierro
 75 31
 17 0
 15  .413  205 59.1
72.6

The NJ Axemen Blue team enters the tournament losing it's last 4 games after racing out to 5-1-2 start. All three of their hitters have put together solid seasons. Through the first 8 games, they had a team average of .474 and had scored 47 runs. They look to get back to their winning ways on Sunday night.

Game #2 - #10 Players Edge Red (2-8-2) vs #7 Starters Black (3-4-5) - Sunday 12/10 5:50PM CT

Players Edge Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Sebastian Rivas
139 59
17
0
22
.424
223
55.1
74.0
 Brandon Rivas
31
 12 1
 0 4
 .387 174
53.7 69.5
 Michael Barravecchio
 148 45
 18 0
 10  .304  147 47.0
60.3

Another team that has hit a losing skid, Players Edge Red comes in losing its last 5 games. They are very close to being near the top of the league as those 5 losses were by a combined 11 runs. Losing 3 of those games by 2 runs or less. They are led by Sebastian Rivas, who ranks tied 11th in the country in RBI's with 22.

Starters Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Zeke Barbatsis
84
43 2 0 5
.512
175
51.8
61.7
 Isaac Rahman
91
27 3 0 2
.297 157
46.4 66.9
 Tor May
 79  4  3  0  1  .051  88  34.9  62.9
 Bennett Hallman
 22  3  0  0  0  .136  102  43.9  57.5

Starters Black and Starters Red have battled all season and have tied an incredible 5 times. Zeke Barbatsis has been the leader of Starters Black all season and has hit for .512 on the year, ranking him 13th nationally. He hopes to help improve on his team average of .279 to survive and advance to play #2 PG Red.

Game #3 - #9 PG Navy (4-8) vs #8 NJ Axemen Gold (3-6-3) - Sunday 12/10 7:10PM CT

PG Navy
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Lucas Booth
128 63 24 2 31
.492
262
60.1
74.8
 Colin Bentley
109
47 14 0 13
.431 178
52.4 65.2
 Jaden Marcus
 127  37  15  0  9  .291  166  46.1  60.4

PG Navy has been the tough luck loser in a number of games this season. They are currently hitting .395 on the season and have been very streaky in terms on offensive production. In double headers, they typically have a low scoring and a high scoring game. Lucas Booth has been the leader for them and has hit 2 HR's this season, ranking 2nd in the league. They look to put it all together this weekend as they hope to advance to play #1  Players Edge Blue.

NJ Axemen Gold
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Joseph Barca
116 48 12 0 13 .414
191
55
69.4
 Derek Brand
93
44 9 0 12
.473 207
56 69.1
 Liam Riley
 124  52  18  0  14  .419  164  49.7  64.2

NJ Axemen Gold brings a balanced attack to this weekend's playoffs with all 3 players having similar averages, RBI's velos. As a team, they are hitting .432 on the season but just haven't been able to turn those into runs, scoring just 39 in the 12 games. If they can get some timely hitting, they could be a sleeper team to advance in the tournament.

Game #4 - #5 PG Black (7-5) vs #4 PG White (9-3) - Sunday 12/10 7:50PM CT
 

PG Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Trey Franck
102 55 27 0 36 .539
188
61.2
75.0
 Sam Davis
112
47 27 0 28
.420 219
57.4 73.1
 Jackson Mishler
 111  56  33  0  30  .505  222  56.6  71.2
 Myles Davis  94  50  25  0 18 .532  186  57.9 69.5

As is the case in some tournaments, unfortunately, PG Black and PG White face off against each other in the first round of the Playoffs. Both teams are made up of teammates from traveling program here in CR. PG Black has been crushing the ball this season and has all 4 players ranked in the top 25 in batting average in the league. They have scored 112 runs in 12 games and should be a tough out for anyone in the tournament.

PG White
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Karson Grout
130 76 35 0 53 .585
245
59.1
73.6
 Ronan Thomas
135
69 36 0 24
.511 181
54.4 69
 Steve Cain
 92  47  23  0  21  .532  173  56  71.3
 Jonathan Ramos  96  38  19  0 15 .396  180  49.4 63.4

PG White was the unlucky team that just missed out of a facility title by a game, losing it to #2 PG Red by a game. PG White has put together a great season, going 9-3 and winning the last 3 games, including a 6-2 win over PG Black on Monday. Karson Grout leads the country in RBI's at 53, and hits at 76. He is also 3rd in average. PG White has just as much of a shot at a national title as a #4 seed as anyone in any age group.

Game #5 - #1 Players Edge Blue (10-1-1) vs Winner of #8 vs #9 - Sunday 12/10 7:30PM CT

Players Edge Blue
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Stephen Kubis
74 44 25 0 22 .595
232
61.0
73.7
 Declan Heary
75
43 32 10 38
.573 268
65.3 77.9
 Ty Kobylakiewicz
 70  29  21  0  16  .414  214  59  79.6
 Teo Talijan  17  11  6  0 8  .647  238  65.2 75

The first bye goes to the #1 overall seed Players Edge Blue as they await the winner of #9 PG Navy and #8 NJ Axemen Gold. Players Edge brought home the 12U national championship last year and looks to have a new group of champions in the 12U division. Declan Heary is the Nation's premier power hitter, hitting 10 HR's in the first 8 games this season and can break a game open at any time. If anyone wants to take home the National Title, they will have to go through Players Edge Blue.

Game #6 - #2 PG Red (10-2) vs Winner of #7 vs #10 - Sunday 12/10 6:30PM CT

PG Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Owen Lamb
137 72 38 1 44 .526
248
62.5
81.2
 Ian Anderson
133
55 22 0 25
.414 182
51.8 68.1
 Ryker Remington
 129  65  31  0  22  .504  187  57.1  67.5

The second bye goes to the #2 overall seed PG Red as they await the winner of #10 Players Edge Red and #7 Starters Black. PG Red brought home the Facility regular season home and the #2 seed edging out PG White by a game. PG Red is led by Owen Lamb, who is one of only 3 in the Country to hit a HR at the 12U level this season. Owen is also hitting .526 and has driven in 44 RBI's, both numbers ranking in the top 12 this season.

Game #7 - #3 Starters Red (4-3-5) vs Winner of #6 vs #11 - Sunday 12/10 6:30PM CT

Starters Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Shou Veng
71 33 9 0 15 .465
189
52.9
68.8
 Grant Hallman
64
26 9 0 7
.406 199
50.8 73
 Caden Loy
 106  37  8  0  7  .349  131  47.7  61.7
 Avery Gavan  65  17  6  0 3 .262  153  47.7 67.4

The third and final facility champion to get a bye is Starters Red from Shakopee, Minnesota. Starters Red has tied an incredible 5 times on it's way to the facility championship. They are led by Shou Veng, who has hit .465 on the season. As a team, they have hit .369 on the season. Starters Red will play the winner of #11 PG Orange and #6 NJ Axemen Blue.
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