Tournaments | Story | 7/5/2018

Show advances to Sweet 16

Nate Schweers        
Photo: Garrett Frechette (Perfect Game)

EMERSON, Ga. – The San Diego Show moved on to the final 16 teams in the 17u WWBA National Championship on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Team Louisiana. They will take on the winner of Team GA/MBA Gold and USA Prime-Gowins for an opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals later in the day.

With runs coming at a premium Thursday, San Diego Show starter Antonio Cortez turned in a brilliant outing on the mound. Cortez delivered six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven Team Louisiana batters. Cortez is certainly not an overpowering arm, but his ability to pitch and keep guys off balance was a sight to see through his entire start.

“I was able to mix all three pitches today [fastball, changeup, slider], and my slider really worked well today. Especially later in the game, I was really able to keep them off balance,” said Cortez, who was very complimentary of the defense he had behind him. “Whenever I go out there, the defense is never a problem. They always play really well behind me.”

Thursday’s win was the third straight shutout for this San Diego Show pitching staff. Pitching has been a strength all tournament for this team, and head coach Brian Cain couldn’t be more proud of the way his pitchers and defenders have competed.

“We’ve allowed one earned run in nine games now, so that's a pretty amazing feat in itself here in this tournament,” said Cain, who believes this is the key to winning it all. “We need to keep pitching and playing defense like we have played all summer long. We have been really good at that. We won the USA Baseball tournament with pitching and defense, and we’ve been really good here also. I can’t say enough about how these guys have pitched all summer.

To win you need to find a way to score, and second baseman Jordan Andrade delivered the hit of the game in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, Andrade smoked a ball over the outstretched glove of the shortstop to put the San Diego Show ahead for good.

“The theme of our whole week has been to wait until the last minute and score,” said coach Cain. “We did that again today.”

Andrade, who is a native of Yucaipa, California, is committed to playing his college baseball for the recent Omaha participant Washington Huskies. Andrade is ranked as the 46th-best player in the 2020 class, recently participated at the Jr. National Showcase here at LakePoint, was a member of the inaugural 14u PG Select Baseball Festival in 2016 and is the best shortstop in the state of California.

The Show would get their second run of the game after Griffin Zamora singled up the middle. Two was all the Show would need as reliever Jordan Thompson came in to the shut the door. Thompson, who is committed to Louisiana State as a primary shortstop, struck out one in his one inning of work and went 1-for-2 at the plate.

While he had a quiet day at the plate on Thursday morning, the San Diego Show is lead by 2019 standout Garrett Frechette. Frechette is currently ranked as the 24th-best overall player in the class of 2019, and is the second best player in his home state of California.

Frechette attended the Perfect Game National Showcase last month, and put on an impressive show with big power potential at the plate. Frechette is committed to playing his college baseball at San Diego State, and for him that was an easy choice.

“I just wanted to stay close to home so my parents can come watch me, I have a really good bond with the coaches, and San Diego is like my hometown and I love it there,” said Frechette.

Frechette is also hopeful that friends and family could come see him if he is selected to the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego next month. Players for the Classic will be chosen and revealed during the MLB All-Star weekend later this month, and the event is a culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication these 2019 graduates have put in since they started playing the game.

With Frechette swinging a hot bat and the pitching staff clicking on all cylinders, expect this San Diego Show team to make a run for a National Championship over the next two days.

Scouting the Next Opponent:

The San Diego Show will play the winner of Team GA/MBA Gold and USA Prime-Gowins in this afternoon’s round of 16. Both teams feature excellent pitching staffs led by top 2019 arms in Logan Tanner and Bryce Osmond. USA Prime won a back-and-forth battle with the Georgia Roadrunners last night, and Team GA received a bye into this afternoon’s round of 32 game as the No. 8 overall seed.

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