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PG Select Baseball Festival  | General  | 9/5/2022

West Tops East at 14u Select Festival

Blake Dowson     
Photo: West pitchers (Perfect Game)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The best 14u prospects from across the country, as well as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, were in Fort Myers over Labor Day Weekend to showcase their talent at the 14u Perfect Game Select Festival, and boy did that talent shine – even through a long lightning delay in the middle of the contest.

There were outstanding pitching performances from both the West and East, as well as impressive trips to the plate from both squads. The West bats proved to be too much for the East to keep up with, however, and ran away with a 12-2 win.

The bulk of the West damage came in the third inning, when it broke a 0-0 tie by putting a big seven-spot up on the JetBlue Park scoreboard.

Bubba Coleman walked to open the frame, and Hunter Harrington was plunked a few pitches later to put runners on first and second. Coleman initiated a double steal on the next pitch to put both he and Harrington in scoring position, and Braylon Nelson turned around a 91 mph fastball and lined it into right-center for a two-RBI single to give his team the first lead of the game.

Jesiah Andrade, Christian Doty, and Rookie Shepard all added singles of their own in the inning, Doty’s of the RBI variety. Colten Springall, CJ Sampson, and Hunter Watson added walks, Sampson’s bringing in a run, and two runs scoring during Watson’s at-bat thanks to an errant pickoff attempt at second base. When the dust finally settled, the West had a comfortable 7-0 lead.

To that point, the pitching had been the dominant factor of the game. For the East, Mills Carrillo and Brayden Harris had both thrown scoreless innings, Carrillo striking out a pair in the top of the first inning.

CJ Sampson and Kruz Schoolcraft did their part to get the game to the third inning in a scoreless tie. Schoolcraft was one of five West hurlers to strike out two hitters in their one inning of work – Landon Schutte, Watson, Jaylen Walker, and Doty all joined him in that category. Ethan Wheeler did the same for the East squad, while Justice de Jong struck out three in his frame.

The West pitching staff, as a whole, was named MVP of the 14u PG Select Festival.

“Everybody competes,” Sampson said of the West pitchers. “We pound the zone and throw strikes…Best pitchers in the nation.”

Perfect Game Cares Foundation

As part of the 14u PG Select Festival activities, players selected to participate in the event raised money for pediatric cancer patients and their families at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, as well as the Perfect Game Cares Grow the Game Fund.

In total, the players raised more than $133,000, while Colten Springall set an all-time fundraising record with almost $78,000 raised. To honor Springall’s work in raising money, Perfect Game announced it will be holding a Grow the Game camp for 500 underserved kids in Springall’s hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Player Awards

Perfect Game held an awards banquet the night before the Select Festival, with many of the prospects being recognized for their individual success over the past year.

Top Overall Prospect – Rookie Shepard
Top Two-Way Prospect – Beau Peterson
Top Power Hitting Prospect – Dylan Dubovik
Top Defensive Prospect – Kevin Bruno
Top Hitting Prospect – Spencer Browning
Top Pitching Prospect – Mills Carrillo
Top Breakout Performance – Lorenzo Laurel