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Saturday, December 09, 2017

PGNIL 18U Playoff Preview

BJ Fish        
18U Playoff Preview

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

Game #1 - #1 NJ Axemen Blue (8-1-2) vs #8 PG Red (1-10-1) - Sunday 12/10 3:20PM CT

NJ Axemen Blue
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Sam Armstrong
110 55 29 3
21
.500
353 79.0  91.7
 Steve Rabe
117
 50 26
 4 30  .427 349 75.8  92.4
 Devyn Fahnestock
69 29
12
5
16
 .246 353
75.8
 92.8

This year's #1 overall seed in the 18U division once again goes to a team from Players Edge in NJ Axemen Blue. Armstrong and Rabe have both been extremely impressive, with both hitting over .400. Devyn Fahnestock has missed some time, but when he is around, this team is very hard to beat. Fahnestock is currently the Nation's HR leader at 5, however, his teammate Steve Rabe is right behind him with 4. It will be interesting if they can bring it all together to win a title.  

PG Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Anthony Kernwein
126 60 11 0
8 .476
285
69.9
86.8
 Peyton Stuckey
186 58 13 0 10 .312 282 67.2 82.6

Plagued by scheduling problems and injuries all season, PG Red has had to deal with what they have had from week to week. Coming in with a record of 1-10-1, a win this weekend over the #1 seed would save the season and make for a great underdog story. 

Game #2 - #4 PG Navy (7-4-1) vs #7 PG Gold (7-5) - Sunday 12/10 3:40PM CT

PG Navy
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Konstantinos Papazoglou
171 104 43

39 .608
380 81.5 95.8
 Colten Bell
132  52 20 0 21
 .394 317 74.6 90.7
 Joshua Burrell-Nash
 92 14  5 0
 7  .152 272 63.6
85.1

PG Navy, led by reigning 16U MVP Konstantinos Papazoglou has been a tough team to figure out all season long. They have shown stretches where they have turned the corner and exploded for runs and had some other games where they just didn't hit the ball well. However, Konstantinos Papazoglou has been a very consistent player for this team and the team will go as far as he carries them. On the year, he has hit for a league leading .608 average and is second in RBI's with 39. 

PG Gold
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Zak Packingham
118 66 35 2 40
.559
375
82.5
98.2
 Lane Thole
118 44 16 0 20
.373 292
71.8 88.2
 Nick Saathoff
 151  72  30  0  24  .477  265  73.3  87.6

Last season around this time, Nick Saathoff was the batting champ of the league and leader of his PG Gold team as they came just short of the playoffs. This season, off an open heart surgery, Nick has defied the odds and has continued tearing it up. Zak Packingham has been the undeniable leader for this team, hitting for a league best 40 RBI's. When this team is clicking, they can beat anybody.

Game #3 - #2 Starters Red (9-2-1) vs #7 NJ Axemen Red (1-8-2) - Sunday 12/10 4:40PM CT

Starters Red

 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Frankie Volkers
54 30 7 0 8
.556
313
74
91.6
 Dillon Hanson
36
17 6 0 5
.472 271
73.8 87.3
 Thomas Gross
98 45 11  0 20  .459  305  72.8  86.3
 Nathan Trecker
 114 52  17  0  14  .456  278  66  82.1
 John Volkers
 62  16  11  0  5  .258  314  68.8  87.7

With a team Batting Average of .440, Starters Red has one of the best averages of any team at the 18U level. With 4 of their batters hitting over .450, they have a very balanced attack and with timely hitting, have potential to go on a huge runs. At .556, Frankie Volkers ranks 3rd Nationally in Batting Average.

 NJ Axemen Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Kyle Kane
76 29 5 0 5 .382
304
70.7
81.5
 Anthony Bassi
37
14 2 0 3
.378 287
68.4 82.3
 Zach Casey
 66  19  3  0  5  .288  276  68.4  81.3
Anthony Marchetto 104 34 10 0 7 .327 286 63 78.7

The NJ Axemen Red team is currently hitting .339 as a team this year but has had some issues converting those AB's into runs scored. Anthony Marchetto currently leads the team in RBI's at 7 and Kyle Kane has probably been the most consistent performer, sitting at an average of .382.

Game #4 - #3 PG Black (8-4) vs #6 Starters Black (2-9-1) - Sunday 12/10 4:20PM CT
 

PG Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Dylan Schultz
129 60 27 0 23 .465
330
76.6
89.7
 Alex Greene
108
48 24 1 28
.444 349
73.2 96.6
 Tyler Oberbrockling
 82  32  12  0  22  .390  335  79.7  94.2
 Michael Weiss 103 37 23 0 16 .359 266 69.5 84.4

Probably the team that spends it's most time at Perfect Game, PG Black heads into the playoffs as Facility Champions here at Perfect Game. They may be without Power Hitter Alex Greene this weekend, however, they have played through adversity all year and we expect them to compete for the title regardless. Dylan Schultz is probably the team's most consistent player, hitting at a .465 clip.


Starters Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
Calvin Ybarra
61 24 6 0 6 .393
302
67.9 86.3
Andrew Ellingson
109 38 9 0 14
.349 258
65.2 83.5
Joshua Gabrick
 67  18 6  0 2 .269 312 57.2 87.5
Samuel Szymanski 47 10 1 0 1 .213 272 54.8 85.5
Evan Zamec 36 5 1 0 0 .139 310 62.2 85.2

Starters Black has not haad the season that they had hoped for at the beginning of the year, however, they have put together a couple good games to get to two wins this year. Calvin Ybarra and Andrw Ellingson are probably the two leaders on this team, combining for 20 of the teams 23 RBI's and 15 of the team's 23 runs.
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