Tournaments | Story | 9/22/2020

Kernels Championship Scout Notes: Day 4

Cade Schares        
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The Cangelosi Sparks 2021 Black defeated STiKS Academy on Monday morning to move on to the championship game. Ryan Kraft (2021, Mokena, IL) threw a gem in this one, going five innings, giving up just two hits and two runs, and striking out six. Kraft sat 83-85 mph with arm side run and threw his curveball at 68 mph. The lefty played into his arm side run early in the count by throwing fastballs on the outer half to right-handed hitters and the inner half to left-handed hitters. He was not afraid to come inside with his fastball on two-strike counts to handcuff opposing batters. The Indiana commit had 11-to-5 shape on his curveball with late break. He has a 6-foot-4 frame that projects and has plenty of room to add strength. The 4th ranked LHP in the state stays tall in his delivery and throws from a low ¾ arm slot with easy and effortless action.

Jack Lausch (2022, Chicago, IL) came up with two huge hits on Monday, propelling his team to semi-final and championship wins. It was a pitcher’s duel for most of the semi-final game, until Lausch led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a no doubt home run to right center to break the 0-0 tie. Later, in the bottom of the second inning in the championship game, he opened the flood gates for Cangelosi with a three-run, opposite field bomb to left center. Those two clutch home runs would cement the Chicago native’s place as the WWBA Kernels Foundation Championship MVP. He is ranked as the 178th player nationally in his class and had a stellar weekend, compiling seven hits and nine RBIs over the course of six games. He has a 6-foot-2 frame that projects well and clearly showed that he possesses power to all fields. He proved this weekend that he has one of the best uncommitted bats in the 2022 class.

Julius Sanchez (2022, LaSalle, IL) came on to close out the semi-final game, and then turned around and started the championship game for Cangelosi. Sanchez showed no signs of fatigue in his start, sitting 89-91 mph and attacking hitters with plenty of fastballs. He touched 93-mph in his first inning of the semi-final game. The Illinois commit struggled with command at times, but he struck out five opposing batters in his four-total innings of work and did not give up a single run. His velocity and his 6-foot, 215 pound frame is something that Illini fans can be excited about. Sanchez is the 86th ranked RHP nationally in his class and it will be fun to watch his development over the next year.

-Cade Schares
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