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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 mp