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Knights win Championship


Knights Baseball 18U National defeated the Georgia Roadrunners 17U 7-6 to win the 2014 WWBA 18u National Championship.  The Knights received a big offensive day from Collin Dupree (2014, Bob Jones HS, AL) who went 1-3 with 1 triple and 3 RBI.  They also received strong days from Tyler Brown (2014, Dyer Country HS, TN) who went 1-3 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI, while Vanderbilt commit, Kyle Wright (2014, Buckhorn HS, AL) went 1-3 with 1 double, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. 

Knights' starter, Blake Strawberry, went 4 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 2 on the day.  Strawberry used primarily used his 80-86/88 mph fastball, but mixed in a couple mid 70's sliders. 

For the Roadrunners, Wake Forrest commit, Connor Burns (2015, Kings Ridge Christian HS, GA) lead the way for their offense going 2-3 with 2 RBI.  They also received solid contributions from South Carolina commit, Kyle Anderson (2015, Evans HS, GA), who went 1-2 with 2 RBI and University of Georgia commit, Blakely Brown (2015, Statesboro HS, GA) who went 1-3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI on the day. 

Upperclass walk-off to Championship


The Knights Baseball 18u National defeated the Next Level Upperclass 1-0 to advance to the Championship Game thanks to a walk-off single from Southern Illinois commit, Chase Slone (2014, Siegel HS, TN), who went 2-3 with the game winning RBI.  Kyle Conger (2014. Brentwood Academy HS, TN) also had a strong game going 2-3 on the day. 

The Knights' starting pitcher, and Tennessee Tech commit, Will Gardner (2014, Morristown West HS, TN) tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings allowing 3 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 4.  Gardner primarily relied on his 80-85/87 mph, but also effectively worked in his 71-73/74 mph curveball. 

Florida State commit, Tyler Holton (2015, Lincoln HS, FL) was the Upperclass starter going 7 innings allowing just 4 hits, while striking out 10 batters.  Holton featured an 82-86/87 mph fastball and managed to mix in a low 70's changeup and curveball in his start.  Holton also did his part at the plate for the Upperclass offense, going 1-2 with 1 double and 1 walk on the day. 

Roadrunners Advance


The Georgia Roadrunners 17u defeated Team Elite Prime by a score of 1-0 to advance to the Championship Game behind the dominating pitching of starter, and University of Georgia commit, Addison Albright (2015, West Forsyth HS, GA).  Albright tossed a complete game shutout going all 7 innings allowing only 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 9.  Albright featured an 82-85/86 mph fastball while effectively mixing in his curveball, slider and changeup. 

Offensively for the Roadrunners, Wake Forrest commit, Connor Burns (2015, King Ridge Christian HS, GA), lead the way going 2-2 on the day while Alec Wilson (2015, West Forsyth HS, GA) went 1-3 with 1 triple and the lone run scored in the game. 

Prime starter, and Kennesaw State commit, AJ Moore (2014, Mountain View HS, GA) took the tough-luck-loss going 6 strong innings allowing just 1 unearned run on 4 hits, while striking out 9 in the outing.  Moore showed impressive velocity on his fastball which ranged from 88-90/91 mph and also relied heavily on his 79-81 mph slider. 

For the Prime, leadoff hitter, and Auburn commit, Daino Deas (2015, Parkview HS, GA) went 2-3 with 1 stolen base, while Kennesaw State commit, TJ Riles (2014, Woodland HS, GA), went 1-2 with 1 stolen base. 

Prime Beat East Coast 3-2 in Eight Innings


It took Team Elite Prime eight innings to defeat East Coast Baseball Elite. They scraped across two runs and ended up holding on in their 3-2 victory. Team Elite Prime's pitching was especially strong in the win.

South Carolina commit Clarke Schmidt (2014, Allatoona, GA) gave up one run in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. He gave up five hits and struck out six batters. He walked two batters and threw 72.5% of his pitches for strikes. He sat 88-91 mph with his fastball and hit 94 mph. Coastal Carolina recruit Bobby Holmes (2014, Oconee County, GA) threw two scoreless innings, struck out two batters, and his fastball ranged from 87-90 mph. Vanderbilt Evan Steele (2015, Marietta, GA) pitched a scoreless inning, sat 83-87 mph, and topped out at 88 mph. 

Bryce Denton (2015, Ravenwood, TN) smashed two doubles and scored two runs for the Prime. Ian Kimbrell (2015, Lambert, GA) went 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI.

For East Coast, Wallace State CC-Hanceville recruit Hunter Linn (2014, Hillcrest, AL) threw four innings of shutout ball He gave up only one hit, two walks, and he struck out two batters. His fastball sat 84-87 mph and peaked at 88 mph. South Carolina commit Sam Finnerty (2015, Pelham, AL) gave up three earned runs over 3.2 innings of relief. He struck out three hitters on a fastball that ranged from 86-89 mph.

Austin Dillon (2015, Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS) had a solid two-hit game for East Coast. Jackson State CC commit Nathan Alberius (2014, Little Rock Christian Academy, AR) went 1 for 3 on the day and added a sac fly in the bottom of eighth. David "Trey" Jolly (2014, North Pontotoc, MS) got the scoring started in the fourth with his RBI single to center.

Morris Plays Hero in 3-2 Win for Upperclass


Next Level Upperclass edged out Louisiana United 3-2 in a tough fought game. Tyler Morris (2014, Clay, FL) ripped a walk-off line drive single to center in the bottom of the seventh to win it for Upperclass.

St. Johns River CC commit Andrew Toelken (2014, Clay, FL) smashed an RBI double in the fifth inning for their first run to put them behind Louisiana United 2-1. Later that inning, Florida recruit Blake Reese (2015, Lincoln, FL) would single in the tying run. Seminole CC recruit Rhett Aplin (2014, Fleming Island, FL) threw a complete game seven innings to get the win. He gave up two runs--one earned--on three hits and three walks. He struck out eight batters on a fastball that sat 78-83 mph and touched 87 mph.

Louisiana United could only get three hits in the game. One of the hits was Joe Trahan's (2014, Northside Christian, LA) solo homer in the top of the second inning. Louisiana State University-Eunice commit Zack Robicheaux (2014, New Iberia Senior, LA) stayed at 85-88 mph with his fastball throughout his 4 1/3 innings of work. He gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks. He had two strikeouts. Mississippi State commit Taylor Stafford (2014, New Hope, MS) gave up one unearned run over two innings and his fastball ranged from 84-86 mph. 

Roadrunners Run Over Redskins in 9-3 Win


The Georgia Roadrunners 17U team enjoyed a nice six-run third inning in route to a 9-3 win over the Midland Redskins.

Georgia commit Blakely Brown (2015, Statesboro, GA) smashed a three-run homer to increase the lead to 8-2. Before Brown's homerun, Wake Forest recruit Connor Burns (2015, Kings Ridge Christian, GA) hit a two-run double in that same inning. Burns added two runs as well. Tarez Miller (2015, Kings Ridge Christian, GA) went 2 for 2 with a double and three runs scored. Seth Beer (2016, Lambert, GA) reached base each time, hitting a double and drawing three walks.

Roadrunners starter and South Carolina commit Kyle Anderson (2015, Evans, GA) gave up three runs over 4.1 innings and gained the win. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out five. His fastball sat 80-85 mph and peaked at 88 mph.

For the Redskins, Vanderbilt commit Jeren Kendall (2014, Holmen, WI) went 2 for 3 with a double, scored two runs, and an RBI. Louisiana State commit Gregory Deichmann (2014, Brother Martin, LA) had a solid two-hit game. Michigan commit Trey Miller (2013, Lexington Catholic, KY) contributed with a hit and two RBIs at the dish.

Wyatt Myers threw 3.1 innings, gave up two earned runs, and his fastball topped out at 82 mph. In Andrew Papp's (2015, Leesville Road, NC) two innings of relief work, his fastball ranged from 85-89 mph. Arkansas commit Jonah Patten (2014, Norwell, IN) could only record two outs, but showed some good stuff with his 89-91 mph fastball. Ohio State commit Zach Shannon (2014, Anderson, OH) lit up the radar gun with his 90-94 mph fastball in his inning on the mound.

Wright Does It All in Mavericks 8-1 Win


Knights Baseball 18U National defeated the Upstate Mavericks 8-1. They put up four runs in the second inning and maximized their lead from there.

Vanderbilt commit Kyle Wright (2014, Buckhorn, AL) hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. He had two RBIs on the day. Montevallo recruit Collin Dupree (2014, Bob Jones, AL) had a nice two-hit day, added a run and an RBI. Southern Illinois commit Chase Slone (2014, Siegel, TN) went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Brewer Hicklen (2014, Huntsville, TN) went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in. Kyle Conger (2014, Brentwood Academy, TN) hit an RBI double and added another hit in the game.

Winning pitcher Kyle Wright threw an outstanding seven innings of one-run ball. He gave up only two hits. He threw 75% of his pitches for strikes. His explosive fastball sat 85-90 mph and topped out at 92 mph.

The Citadel recruit Drew Ellis (2014, Blythewood, SC) smacked a double to lead off the fifth. He came around to score the Mavericks only run on Jacksonville commit Casey Cribb's (2014, Providence, FL) RBI single to left later that inning. Mavericks starter A Hammond threw three innings, faced 19 batters, and his fastball ranged from 84-88 mph.