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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recap: Highlighting the East

Todd Gold         Ben Collman        


-Archbishop McCarthy continued to roll thru their early season schedule with a 13-2 victory over Fort Lauderdale Friday night. Alex Fernandez had a double, homer and 5 RBI and Nick Travieso hit a long home run in the win. RHP Ryan Castellanos allowed one run over 4 innings to get the win.

McCarthy dropped their second game of the season Monday 5-0 to Columbus in the first game of the Selective Recruiting Invitation Tournament in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

McCarthy is back in action today against St. Brendan and faces a tough, 12-3 Westminster Christian team Wednesday.

-In other Selective Recruiting action Monday #43 Jupiter cruised to an 11-0 victory over American, Mater Academy beat Doral Academy 6-5, American Heritage beat St. Brendan 6-2, and Pace beat North Broward Prep 8-2.

-Doral Academy picked up a big win over the weekend, beating #1 Gulliver Prep 9-6. Marlon Bellmas had two hits and three RBI, and Danny Salomon and Jean Acevedo had two RBI each to pace the Doral offense. Acevedo also picked up the victory holding Gulliver to eight hits in a complete game victory.

Gulliver is back in action Wednesday against Archbishop Carroll and Thursday against Cardinal Gibbons, before taking on Lance McCullers and Tampa Jesuit in our National High School Game of the Week Saturday.

-McCullers was lights out in his last outing, shutting down previously unbeaten Bishop Verot in a 9-2 win. McCullers was reportedly topping out at 96 and was very sharp with command of three pitches. He struck out ten in 5 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and two unearned runs. The Jesuit offense pounded out ten hits and Peter Alonso and Nolan Schultz had three and four RBI respectively.

Bishop Verot offense was held to just four hits and 1B Daniel Vogelbach went 0-4 with 3 Ks.

-Verot rolled to a 7-0 win over Dunnellon Monday, behind Hudson Boyd, in the first game of the 26th Sarasota Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament featuring some of the best teams in Florida. Boyd struck out 13 in six innings, allowing only one hit. Vogelbach had two hits including an RBI.

-Verot caught a bit of a break when #22 West Boca lost to Lakewood Ranch 3-2 Monday. Verot vs. West Boca would have been a matchup between two of the top teams in the state, although the top arms for the two teams would not be matching up after Boyd threw Monday, and West Boca ace Michael Kelly threw a complete game victory over Dwyer Thursday, striking out eight and allowing only one hit, as well as hitting a two-run homer.

- Besides Verot and West Boca the Sarasota Classic features other top teams Barron Collier, Palm Beach Central, Mariner, and host Sarasota, as well as Cardinal Mooney, Calvary Christian, and Dwyer.

PG High School will be following the Sarasota Classic and Selective Recruiting Tournament in our High School News and Notes Blog. The Selective Invitational Tournament bracket can be found here, and the Sarasota Classic results here.

-Teams from Florida and Georgia met in the Jacksonville Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday with Florida 6A champion Flanagan going 3-0 and taking home the title. Three 2010 state champions from Georgia and five from Florida participated headlined by #9 Columbus (GA), the defending AAA champion, #35 Marist (GA), the defending AAAA champion, and Flanagan (FL) the defending 6A champ.

Flanagan picked up wins over Columbus Friday, and Wesleyan (GA), and Marist to win the title. Other participating schools from Florida were 1A champion Trinity Christian, 2A champion Westminster Christian, and 3A champion Bolles.



-East Coweta, which lost first round pick Cam Bedrosian, and a talented senior class have started the season strong, running their record to 6-0 with a 6-4 win over Luella Friday.

-Another team still unbeaten is Wayne County who is 8-0 including wins over Cook, Berrien, Valdosta, and Richmond Hill.



-Catholic moved to 11-1 on the season with an 11-0 win over Northshore. Both RHP Alex Massey and RHP Aaron Nola were up to 91 in their combined shutout.


-Madison Central moved to 10-0 on the season with a 10-0 victory over Murrah and a 9-1 win over Warren Central.


North Carolina

-The Impact Baseball Invite at the USA Baseball Complex featured six of the top teams in the state highlighted by the pitching matchup of Benton Moss and Adam Griffin in the Rocky Mount/Forsyth opener. Forsyth lost 2-1 to Moss, who was limited to 60 pitches. He threw 2 2/3 innings giving up one run on two hits, striking out six. Rocky Mount moved to 3-3, while Forsyth is 1-2, losing to Moss and Pincrest RHP Dillon Maples.

In the second game, North Davidson beat Kerr Vance 3-2, while DH Conley topped Wesleyan Christian 4-1 in the finale.

-Rookie Davis continues to dominate at the plate as well as on the mound, going 2-2 with a two run home run in Dixon’s 7-6 loss to Laney.


South Carolina

Two tournaments highlighted the weekend action.

-Wren took home the title in the Red Bank Invitational, coming back from a 4-3 Friday loss to White Knoll to beat AC Flora 10-0 and then Lexington 5-2 in the championship.

Wren’s Bret Cash took home tournament MVP; the All Tournament team can be viewed here.

-The International Paper Classic had a loaded field and did not disappoint with a number of marquee contests. St. James won the title, sporting an unbeaten record in four games, beating Blythewood 10-7 in the championship.

Tanner English had a huge tournament for St. James going 6-13 with 6 runs, 3 RBI, a HR, two 2B, and 3 stolen bases.

St. James pitcher Robert Troiano was named tournament MVP.

-Brookland-Cayce took home 3rd place with a 6-3 win over Byrnes.


-Tennessee plays opens this week, and #2 Farragut opened their season Monday with an 8-0 win over Heritage. RHP Derek Chandler had a complete game victory, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Xander Taylor led the offense with three hits including two doubles. Farragut in back in action Wednesday in their home opener against Maryville.

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