Tournaments | Story | 7/9/2013

Chester and Griffin lead Scorpions

Sam Brazenas        
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MARIETTA, Ga. – The Orlando Scorpions Prime was able to take home an easy win on Monday against Bandits Baseball. Foster Griffin led the team on the mound for 3 1/3 innings of the five-inning contest.

During his time on the mound, Griffin only allowed one single hit, walking only two and striking out seven. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound left-hander is ranked No. 46 on the Perfect Game High School Class of 2014 National Rankings.

It is an honor to be ranked 46 (because) before I was like 343. So it was a big jump,” said Griffin about his national rank.

Griffin is from Orlando, Fla., and attends The First Academy High School, where he plays both baseball and golf.

Our high school team is real good. We’ve got a couple players around this team that are going there; Adam Haseley who’s going to Virginia, (and) Ben DeLuzio who got drafted in the third round, but ended up going to Florida State,” added Griffin. “We had a really good team. We ended up losing the regional quarters but it was a fun experience.”

One would think having a dad who is a professional golfer that Griffin would pursue a career following in his father’s footsteps. However, that is not the case. Griffin has already verbally committed to play baseball at Mississippi after he graduates in 2014.

(My dad) knew that baseball was my passion so he supported me and let me go after that,” explained Griffin. “I committed (to Mississippi) back in November. I went up there a little bit before that and went to the Vanderbilt football game and knew once I left the campus I was going to go there.”

Griffin has the hopes of going pro just like any other ball player, and said he’s been talking to a few pro scouts here and there. He said he’s “waiting until the summers over to get talking with them a little more,” not surprising since scouts conduct most of their home visits during the offseason.

While Griffin was doing work on the mound in Monday’s game, Carl Chester was on fire at the plate. The 6-foot 170-pound leadoff hitter crushed two doubles to right field, one in the second inning and another in the fourth. He led his team in RBI in this game with two. He was also recognized as a Perfect Game 2013 Underclass First Team All-American, and is ranked 44th nationally and No. 7 in Florida.

It’s just a real honor to be that high,” said Chester. “I was, I think, 73 (before the updated rankings). Just to be (in the) top 50 was my real goal. I’m just honored to be on there with all the kids who are on that.”

Carl Chester had a pair of doubles batting leadoff for the Orlando Scorpions Prime on Monday night.

Chester is from Longwood, Fla., and attends Lake Brantley High School, along with Orlando Scorpions Prime teammates Logan Warmoth and Tate Blackman (Mississippi commit).

We ended up winning the 8A State Championship this year,” said Chester about his high school team.

Chester, along with two of his other Scorpions teammates, John Jones and Jesse Lepore, is committed to play baseball at Miami after he graduates in 2014.

I committed at the end of my sophomore year,” explained Chester. “Miami came (to see me) and I went down there and really enjoyed the school and the atmosphere and the coaches. It was just a gut feeling.”

Chester, Griffin, Warmoth, Blackman, Haseley, Jones and Lepore all participated in the Perfect Game 2013 National Showcase that took place in early June in Minneapolis, Minn., speaking to the amount of talent the Orlando Scorpions Prime roster boasts.

I went last year and it was real fun,” said Chester about his experience in the Metrodome both at the National Showcase this year and the Junior National in 2012. “I went up again this year in Minnesota. Playing in the dome is a lot of fun. It was a great challenge, (and) everything went well.”

They gave us two innings to throw,” added Griffin of his National Showcase experience. “My first inning I gave up one hit and two strikeouts. And (in the) second inning I struck out two again and got a ground out. And then I topped out at 92. It was a really cool experience.”

Both Griffin and Chester will be competing with the Orlando Scorpions Prime in the 17u BCS Finals in Ft. Myers next week.

Both are very good players, college commits and high draft kind of guys,” said head coach of the Orlando Scorpions Prime Jesse Marlo. “Both guys come out and play the game hard.

For me personally, I compete against them a lot. I coach at rival high schools and we hate to play those guys when they’re on the other side of the field but love having them on our team. They’re both good competitors and pretty much leaders of their high school teams.”

The Orlando Scorpions program has been around since 1995, and continues to grow. The travel ball organization works to “positively affect the lives of its players both on and off the field.”

Primarily we get central Florida kids, but we’ve branched out a little further and are getting kids from Tallahassee and north Florida,” explained Marlo. “We just try to put the best teams out there and give them a good opportunity to be seen by scouts and colleges.”

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