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Saturday, December 09, 2017

PGNIL 16U Playoff Preview

BJ Fish        
16U Playoff Preview



- #1 Overall Seed Dothan Black

National Seeds
1) Dothan Black (11-1) - Dothan, Alabama
2) PG Navy (11-1) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3) Southworth Red (9-3) - Omaha, Nebraska
4) Players Edge Red (3-3-3) - Wayne, New Jersey
5) PG Red (10-2) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6) Dothan Blue (7-5) - Dothan, Alabama
7) PG White (6-6) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8) Southworth Purple (8-4) - Omaha, Nebraska
9) Dothan Orange (6-6) - Dothan, Alabama
10) Wayne Finest (3-3-3) - Wayne, New Jersey
11) Southworth Maroon (5-6-1) - Omaha, Nebraska
12) Dothan White (4-8) - Dothan, Alabama
13) Dothan Red (4-8) - Dothan, Alabama
14) PG Gold (2-10) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
15) Dothan Grey (3-9) - Dothan, Alabama
16) Southworth Navy (1-10-1) - Omaha, Nebraska
17) PG Black (1-11) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Game #1 - #16 Southworth Navy (1-10-1) vs #17 PG Black (1-11) - Sunday 12/10 1:00PM CT

Southworth Navy

 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Tyler Palmer
88 44 14 0
17
.500
341 78.7 93
 Evan Bock
88
35 8 0 12 .398 262 70.2 83.4
 Jacob Kneifl
80 27
9
0
9
.338 279
69.8
83.5
 CJ Fleeman 88 29 12 0 5 .330 254 65.7 79.6

Despite their record of 1-10-1, Southworth Navy has been pretty successful at the plate this season. Their team average ranks 9th in the 17 team field, which indicates a possible run in this tournament. Tyler Palmer is the undeniable leader on this team, hitting .500 on the season driving in a team high 17 runs.

PG Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Logan Harmeyer
71 16 1 0
4 .225
320
71.9
86.1
 Sam Funke
62 14 3 0 1 .226 291 62.9 91.1
 Clark Younggreen 129 36 3 0 1 .279 305 62.6 84.4
 Dalton Delay 73 24 4 0 4 .329 235 60.5 79.1

PG Black is a team that many expected to have a better run this year, however, they just haven't been able to put it all together so far. Clark Younggreen is playing up a division and is the team's leader in hits. Dalton Delay has probably been the most consistent performer, however, and is hitting .329. He doesn't have a high velo, but he has a knack for getting base hits.

Game #2 - #2 PG Navy (11-1) vs #15 Dothan Grey (3-9) - Sunday 12/10 11:20PM CT

PG Navy
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Andrue Henry
64 27 12
8
18 .422
400 82.4 98.9
 Conye Gordon
51 21 9 1 7
.412 368 73.1 91.4
 Nolan Frey
91 29 7 0
7 .319 260 72.5
85.9
Joseph Harris 89 38 15 0 13 .427 331 72.3 93.6
Carson Sirowy 61 16 4 0 3 .262 255 60.3 78.5

PG Navy bullied it's way to the Facility chmapionship through a balanced attack. Andrue Henry has probably been the most impressive of everyone on this team, crushing a league leading 8 HR's on the season. Henryis also second in avg velo and max velo, trailing only Andrew Killingsworth, the Nation's #205 ranked player.

Dothan Grey
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Trevor Kirkland
87 36 9 0 15
.414
300
70.6
92.4
 Bauer Sharp
23 11 1 0 6
.478 258
76.5 91.7
 Tanner Raybon
92 31 14 0 9 .337 300  72.5 90.4
 Tyson Kirkland 91 31 10 0 6 .341 302 69.8 88.1
 Nathan Aplin 71 29 9 0 7 .408 278 70.4 85.8

Dothan Baseball Club (Kirkland Sports Performance) makes it's return to the PGNIL after winning a National Title in 2015. Dothan Grey, in particular had a rough season but has shown signs of promise while hitting for a team average of .379. This team is another that may make a surprise run if they can get some timely hits. The team is very balanced and there really isn't a  weakspot in the lineup. This #2/#15 game may be closer than some think.

Game #3 - #3 Southworth Red (9-3) vs #14 PG Gold (2-10) - Sunday 12/10 2:20PM CT

Southworth Red

 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Trevor Barajas
99 54 23 0 23
.545
371
81.1
95.5
 Trey Frahm
121
69 30 0 37
.570 341
80.1 93.6
 Tristan Gomes
77 33 19  0 14  .429  311  73.5  91.0
 Michael Finan
 123 39 25  0 23  .317  328  72.9  90.3

Averagre-wise, Sothworth Red is the 2nd best team in the country, hitting .464 as a team. They are led by two of the best in the country, Trey Frahm (.570) who ranks 3rd in the country and Trevor Barajas (.545) ranking 4th. We expect Southworth Red to be a very tough out as they brough home the facility title at Southworth Hitting in Omaha, Nebraska.

  PG Gold
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Traejan Ellenz
57 16 0 0 1 .281
202
59.7
73.7
 Kaden Waack
93
25 3 0 3
.269 290
67.3 82.9
 Nathan Mead
 104 25 2  0 1 .240  283 65.6 82.5
 Drew Schaefer
86 20 1 0 1 .233 267 62.6 78.6

This PG Gold team has been together for a couple years now and is always competitive. They all have had similar success at the plate, hitting .253 as a team. PG Gold comes into the playoffs with a 1-3 record in the past 2 weekends of action.

Game #4 - #4 Players Edge Red (3-3-3) vs #13 Dothan Red (4-8) - Sunday 12/10 12:00PM CT
 

Players Edge Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Ethan Young
77 25 7 0 6 .325
306
71.9
87.8
 Justin Lorenzo
24
6 1 0 4
.250 183
63.9 73.1
 Rudys Luciano
 40  8 2  0 0  .200  299  62.8  82.8
 Christopher Nunez
19 1 0 0 0 .053 153 49 74

Despite the 3-3-3 record, Players Edge Red was able to get the #4 overall seed by virtue of a Facility Championship and tiebreaker. Because of this, they face a more favorable draw than they could have in #13 seeded Dothan Red. Probably their best player, Ethan Young enters the postseason with a .325 average with the team lead in both runs (7) and RBI's (6).


Dothan Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
Carter Fanning
101 50 15 0 8 .495
303
73.7 86.7
Mekhian Jackson
98 44 12 0 8
.449 262
73.9 95.8
Jaeden Jackson
 97 41 14 0 18 .423 351 72 91.7
Dylan Evans
95 35 11 0 18 .368 285 68.1 88.3

Dothan Red comes into the playoffs with a record of 4-8 behind the leadership of Alabama commit Mekhian Jackson. Mekhian and his brother Jaeden have both put together fine seasons, hitting .449 and .423 respectively. This is another team that could be poised for a deep playoff run if they can find timely base hits. They are hitting .435 as a team, which ranks them 6th as a team in the league....much higher than their #13 overall seed.

Game #5 - #5 PG Red (10-2) vs #12 Dothan White (5-7) - Sunday 12/10 12:20PM CT
 

PG Red
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Ty Carlson
81 44 24 1 27 .543
340
77.9
90.6
 Gage Franck
48
24 12 0 9
.500 258
71.2 85.1
 Coy Sarsfield
 103  49 28 0 27  .476 351  79.0 92.4
 Isaac Anderson
123 50 24 0 25 .407 328 73.1 91.7
 Owen Puk 41 15 6 0 6 .366 300 69.6 84.6

The reigning National Champions at the 14U level and 3x repeating Champions at multiple levels, PG Red comes in as facility runner-ups at a very impressive 10-2 record. They are led by the country's #125 ranked player in the class of 2021 in Coy Sarsfield, who has hit for a .476 clip this season. Ty Carlson has been another that has looked really good this year as well, hitting .543 (5th in the Nation) and mashing a HR. If anyone wants to win a title, this 3X reigning Champion team will be someone they have to go through.


Dothan White
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
Lance Levine
86 44 18 0 17 .512
321
80.7 96.9
Anthony Anderson
82 42 17 1 19
.512 351
78.2 92.3
Brody Skeen
82 37 15 0 17 .451 328 72.5 89.1
Adam Anderson
91 39 13 0 10 .429 275 66.3 84.8
Gavin Gomez 47 16 7 0 6 .340 309 72.4 88.0

This could be one of those sneaky 12/5 matchups that could end up being the upset that rocks the playoffs. Dothan White has hit an incredible .459 this year, 4th in the league despite only having 5 wins. The 16U division looks to be as strong as it's ever been. Dothan White has 2 hitters hitting over .500 in Lance Levine and Anthony Anderson, bothing hitting .512 and tied for 9th Nationally. If PG Red wants to bring home another title, they have to come to play against this #12 seed.

Game #6 - #6 Dothan Blue (7-5) vs #11 Southworth Maroon (5-6-1) - Sunday 12/10 2:40PM CT
 
Dothan Blue
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Cole Alford
85 39 13 0 13 .459
324
71.5
87.9
 Sheldon Ott
82
35 15 0 9
.427 296
77.5 91.7
 Carson Brannon
86 36 13 1 16 .419 334 78.1 91.1
 Jake Smith
63 22 6 0 10 .349 296 75.5 89.6
 Christopher Trua
64 19 7 0 6 .297 290 71.3 86.5

Dothan Blue comes into this matchup winning 3 of it's last 4, averaging 6 runs in that span. Alford, Ott and Brannon have been very consistent performers for Dothan Blue and seem to be the core of their team, all hitting for better than .400. Brannon has crushed a HR this season as well. 


Southworth Maroon
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
PJ Loucks
19 12 2 0 4 .632
263
73.8 84.6
Nick Ripa
108 52 23 0 24
.481 322
75.6 88.5
Calen Protaskey
79 37 14 0 5 .468 334 75.6 92.4
Noah Griese
103 46 19 0 23 .447 329 75.5 89.7
Garrett Anglim
80 33 17 0 19 .413 306 73.5 91.8

If you want to talk about consistancy and similarities, this is the team to do it. Ripa, Protaskey and Griese have been some of the main cogs of this team and their #'s are all eerily similar. Avg velo is so similar that it only differs by .1 mph between the 3 of them. They have all also hit for a similar average, ranging just 34 percentage points between the 3 of them. As a full team, they are hitting .463, which ranks 3rd Nationally. This will be a very difficult out for the #6 seed Dothan Blue.

Game #7 - #7 PG White (6-6) vs #10 Wayne Finest (3-3-3) - Sunday 12/10 11:00AM CT
 
PG White
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Zac Stallman
124 59 13 0 27 .476
318
74.9
90.8
 Reed Stallman
129
50 23 0 12
.388 298
68.6 83.5
 Austin Stallman
132 41 16 0 13 .311 248 63.4 80.9

The Stallman Cousins are another group that spends a lot of time here at Perfect Game, working on their game.   They had a good start to this season but have fallen on tough times lately, losing 3 of their last 4. As a group, they are hitting .390 and look to find some success again this weekend against #10 Wayne Finest out of New Jersey.


Wayne Finest
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
Zini Paso
40 12 0 0 1 .300
249
67.8 80.6
Matthew Krefting
80 24 7 0 4
.300 283
66.4 77.8
Kyle Corso
43 11 1 0 3 .256 236 61.5 75.7

This is the other Players Edge Team that unfortunately lost the tiebreaker for the first round bye. Wayne Finest is 1-2 in their last 3 games and are led by Matthew Krefting, who is hitting .300 on the season. In order to keep their season alive, however, they will need to find a way to score more runs. They are now averaging less than a run per game. With some timely hitting, Wayne Finest could win a game or two.


Game #8 - #8 Southworth Purple (8-4) vs #9 Dothan Orange (6-6) - Sunday 12/10 1:40PM CT
 
Southworth Purple
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Tyler VanDerwerken
107 56 19 0 12 .523
270
72.5
85.1
 Josh Senstock
68
35 17 0 11
.515 292
71.9 83.3
 Caden Eby 100 34 14 0 28 .340 298 72.4 91.3
 Ethan Hergert 101 31 19 2 17 .307 338 70.3 91.3

When you get to the 8/9 matchup, you have a game that can go either way. Howeverm you can also have two teams that possibly deserve a better seed. Southworth Purple has had a great year, going 8-4 and winning 4 straight. They are led by Tyler Vanderwerken, who is hitting .523 on the year, good fpr 7th Nationally. They also get a good bump of power from Ethan Hergert, who has blasted 2 HR's on the year.


Dothan Orange
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
Wyatt Woodell
82 37 10 0 7 .451
269
70.3 83.9
Chris Tamburin
64 27 8 0 5
.422 282
70.7 84.8
Andrew Tamburin
74 31 4 0 8 .419 307 72.2 85.6
Brett Stephens 86 29 5 0 10 .337 289 71.1 85
Camden Smith 62 15 4 0 0 .242 245 63.8 75.5

Dothan Orange enters the playoffs sitting at an even .500. They are winners of their last 2 games and look to extend their winning streak into the playoffs. Like many of the Dothan teams, they have a very solid core of players and all are dangerous with the bat. They have only scored 31 runs this year, averaging about 2.5 runs per game. If they are hoping to make a run, they will need to get more timely hitting and score more runs.

Game #9 - #1 Dothan Black (11-1) vs Winner of #16 vs #17 - Sunday 12/10 1:20PM CT
 
Dothan Black
 Player AB's
 Hits Runs
HR
 RBI AVG
Max Dis
Avg Velo
Max Velo
 Jake Killingsworth
96 56 30 2 45 .583
376
86.3
99.4
 Chapman Watt
74
39 19 0 26
.527 342
79.7 95.7
 Max Roland
91 44 24 0 28 .484 342 77.9 91.7
 Chase Allsup
98 46 31 0 21 .469 364 81.7 93.7
 Theron Hawkins 102 46 31 0 15 .451 286 76.7 88.6

The only team with a bye in the 16U division is Facility Champion Dothan Black out of Dothan Baseball Club in Dothan, Alabama. This team is absolutely loaded with all hitters above or near .500. They have arguably the best player in the league in Jake Killingsworth (1st in both velo catagories, batting average and RBI's) and they have shown they can put up a lot of runs, averaging over 11 runs per game. They have scored 38 runs more than any nearest competitor (98, Southworth Red) and stout a team average of .501. These guys look to be the team to beat!

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