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Friday, December 08, 2017

PGNIL 14U Playoff Preview

BJ Fish        
14U Playoff Preview

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


Game #1 - #8 Starters Green (2-9-1) vs #9 PG Red (2-10) - Saturday 12/9 1:20PM CT

Starters Green
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Camden Mellema
86
37
6
0
10
.430
189
57.8
 80.0
 Remi Pye
174
 71 21
 0 25
 .408 234
 61  81.7
 Brandon Doble
 99 31
11 0
3  .313  197
55.6
 75.1

Starters Green ended the regular season picking up a double header split with Starters Black to move to 2-9-1 on the season. They picked a good time to pick up their second win of the season as they head into the playoffs. If Starters Green can pick up timely base hits, they can make a nice run into the 14U playoffs.

PG Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Kaden Frommelt
83 29
3
0
3
.349
251
66.9
82.5
 Roman Rivera
48
6 0
0 0
.125 169
52.8 66.4
 Cooper Schenck
86 12
0 0
0 .140 185 52.5
61.7
Carson Schenck 90 8 0 0 0 .089 163 55.1 70.2

PG Red is another team that has been plagued with lack of timely hitting on the season this year. After claiming the #2 seed nationally at the 12U level last year, PG Red 14U has struggled to adjust to the larger field. After being the team's leader last season, Kaden Frommelt has again impressed this year and has made the adjustment nicely. He is hitting .349 on the year. If PG Red 14U can find the gaps, they could potentially make some noise this postseason.

Game #2 - #10 NJ Edge (1-11) vs #7 PG White (4-7-1) - Saturday 12/9 12:00PM CT

NJ Edge
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 David Laman
124 24
3
0
2
.194
201
54.2
69.3
 Anthony Marano
81
 22 1
 0 2
 .272 198
59.6 74.6
 Miko Djuric
 44 7
 0 0
 0  .159  186 58.4
67.7

NJ Edge probably hasn't had the season they had hoped for, however, they were able to knock off eventual #1 overall seed NJ Axemen Blue just a week ago. With a team average of .213, NJ Edge will need to hit a little better if it wants to make a run to the postseason. They have shown a lot of promise and we will see if that translates to wins this weekend.

PG White
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Andrew Freeman
94
49 4 0 10
.521
302
74.5
89.7
 Dylan Page
42
16 4 0 2
.381 288
63.9 85.4
 Grant Keast
 100  21  4  0  1  .210  220  57.6  75.3
 Jackson Keast
105  7  4  0  3  .067 179  52.3  72

Led by Andrw Freeman, PG White has been a streaky bunch this season. Freeman has absolutely crushed the ball the season and is 3rd Nationally in avg velo (74.5) and 4th Nationally in max velo at 89.7. Surprisingly, Freeman hasn't hit a HR this season, however, I wouldn't be surprised to see him do that in the Playoffs this weekend.

Game #3 - #4 PG Black (7-5) vs #5 Starters Blue (6-6) - Saturday 12/9 2:00PM CT

PG Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Manning Weiss
235 132 41 0 43
.562
248
70.4
83.9
 McKade Jelinek
90
40 12 0 12
.444 291
73.7 89.5
 Andrew Knipper
 20  4  0  0  1  .200  193  59.6  85.4

PG Black enters the playoffs at 7-5 and is riding a 3 game winning streak. Lead by Manning Weiss, who is ranked 2nd in avg and RBI's, they look like prime upset candidates in the later rounds. As a team, PG Black is hitting .510 on the year.

Starters Blue
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Hudson Johnson
136 63 23 0 32 .463
212
62.1
76.4
 Brandon Barbatsis
129
58 30 1 20
.450 272
60.8 83
 Sam McCutcheon
 111  45  18  0  19  .405  255  60  79.9

Starters Blue has had a very solid season, with all 3 hitters putting up similar numbers for batting average, velo and max velo. They will look to continue to bring their balanced attack this weekend to the playoffs. Their record of 6-6 may not indicate just how good they are, having scored the 3rd most runs in the league at 71. This is another team that may be an under the radar pick for the playoffs.

Game #4 - #3 PG Navy (10-1-1) vs #6 Starters Black (5-7) - Saturday 12/9 12:20PM CT
 

PG Navy
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Parker Smith
106 54 19 0 21 .509
246
69.9
81.3
 Tyler Moores
156
76 38 0 42
.487 359
80.4 100.5
 Zachary Walker
 147  61  30  0  24  .415  250  62.7  76.8

Probably the tough luck draw for a facility champion, PG Navy advances to tournament play by opening with Starters Black from Shakopee, Minnesota. PG Navy features 3 hitters all batting over .400. Tyler Moores has probably been the biggest threat at the plate for this team, leading the nation in average velo at 80.4 and max velo at 100.4. Parker Smith and Zachary Walker have provided a lot of runners for Tyler to knock in. These guys will be a tough out for anyone.

Starters Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Grant Brening
136 74 18 0 21 .544
243
62.4 76.1
 Logan Cory
144 50 20 0 22
.347 189
58.8 70.4
 Nick Miller
 112  32  19  0  14  .286  175  56.5  71

Starters Black is another team that has been streaky heading into the playoffs. They enter the playoffs after splitting a pair of games over the weekend. They are led by Grant Brening, who has been very impressive at the plate. He currently 4th in the Country in Batting Average and has driven in 21 runs for his Starters Black team. If they can get timely hitting, they could be in for a postseason run.

Game #5 - #1 Players Edge Blue (11-1) vs Winner of #8 vs #9 - Saturday 12/9 1:40PM CT

NJ Axemen Blue 
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Angel Colon
42 22 4 0 6 .524
237
70.3 85.3
 Jace Gilligan
97 39 17 0 19 .402 330 74.3 89
 Johnny Gilligan
 93  34  12  0  10  .366  298  71.4  84.3
 Naz Mule  52  16  1  1 6 .308  364  77.2 96.9

The first bye goes to the #1 overall seed NJ Axemen Blue, which is led by many of last year's standout players from Players Edge. This season, the Gilligan brothers have really stood out, both hitting for high averages. Angel Colon has hit over .500 this year, adding to his performance last year where he hit for .693 last season and hit a HR. Last year's 12U HR leader(30), Naz Mule, rounds out the lineup for a team that expects to bring home the National Title.

Game #6 - #2 Starters Red (10-1-1) vs Winner of #7 vs #10 - Saturday 12/9 12:40PM CT

Starters Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Kyle Hvidsten
147 92 51 5 56 .626
297
73.9 88.8
 Anthony Kurth
148
83 34 0 37 .561 255 67.5 78.4
 Alex Duncan
 144  47  31  0  23  .326  255  55.4  74.5

The second bye goes to the #2 overall seed Starters Red as they await the winner of #10 NJ Edge and #7 PG White. Starters Red brought home the Facility regular season title and the #2 overall seed while handling their competition this year. With by far the most impressive performance of the 14U division, Starters Red is led by Kyle Hvidsten. Kyle is hitting .626, has driven in 56 RBI's, and has crushed 5 HR's. He looks to be running away with the triple crown.
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