2011 High School Baseball Road Trip

News and Notes
4/20/2011 4:32:13 PM

4/16/2011 6:21:48 PM

Box Score

OWASSO, OK-- Dylan Bundy said he was very disappointed about having the chance to pitch against Archie Bradley and Broken Arrow last night washed away. Today, he took out his frustrations on the Edmond North Huskies. Bundy struck out 16 of the 20 hitters he faced, throwing a complete game shutout. Bundy capped it all off with a mammoth walk-off blast to RF to lead off the bottom of the 6th inning to invoke the mercy rule and give the Rams a 10-0 win. 

A large portion of the massive contingent of MLB Crosscheckers, Scouting Directors and Assistant GMs who were in town for last night's scheduled matchup between the Rams and Broken Arrow stuck around to watch Bundy this afternoon. What they saw was a masterful pitching performance. Bundy not only didn't walk a batter, he didn't get into a single three-ball count. Bundy threw a first pitch strike on 80% of hitters and threw 59 of his 76 pitches for strikes (78.8%). 

Bundy's fastball consistently sat at 94-97 MPH with hard sinking action, which he threw for a strike 85.2% of the time. Bundy said he was pleased that he got a chance to use his changeup today. "Since I'm a high school pitcher I don't get to throw my changeup in games too often since it just speeds their bats up, so it was good to get to work on it." He added "my best pitch today was my cutter even though I was throwing (the fastball) pretty hard." Bundy's cutter sat 89-91, his changeup was 81-84 with deceptive arm action and he used it to end three different innings with a strikeout.

Bundy also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run triple in the first inning and the walk-off home run to end the game in the 6th. DH Cory Taylor also had a big day at the plate for the Rams, going 3-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. C Drew Stiner went 1-for-1 with an RBI in addition to working a pair of walks. Stiner, an Oklahoma State commit, showed good receiving skills and a strong arm behind the plate. 

When Owasso head coach Larry Turner was asked if Bundy's domination today was out of the ordinary, he shook it off, saying it was just another routine outing by Bundy's lofty standards. When asked if Bundy is the best player he's ever coached Turner replied "yes, he's the best player I've ever seen." Turner added that the biggest area of improvement he's seen from Bundy during his time coaching him has been with his command, explaining "whether it's busting them in or painting the black, he can just put it where he needs to."

Bundy moved to 8-0 in eight starts and has thrown a complete game every time he's taken the mound this season. His season statistics look ridiculous at this point, having struck out 111 while walking just three (0 HBP) over 49 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 0.44 and his WHIP to 0.31. Perhaps the most impressive stat is that Bundy has averaged just 12.4 pitches per inning (3.7 per batter). 

The win moves Owasso to 23-1 on the year, and with just nine regular season games left on the schedule, its hard to ignore the Rams' prospects for the state tournament. Bundy said "we have everyone back from last year except for one player, we've got three other pitchers I feel confident in, so I like our chances." Owasso reached the state title game last year for the 13th time in the past 14 years. Turner added "our goal is always to win the last game of the year and we like our chances."

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4/14/2011 11:34:38 PM

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HOUSTON, TX--St. Pius X and St. Thomas are two of Houston's most storied schools, dominating TAPPS baseball for decades. St. Pius has won 15 state titles, most recently in 2009, while St. Thomas has bested that with 21 titles, including last year's crown.

This year looks to be no different with the school sitting at one and two in the TAPPS rankings as well as ranking in the PG High School Texahoma regional rankings. St. Pius came into the game at #8, while St. Thomas is #19.

Thursday's matchup was the fourth of the year between the teams with St. Thomas winning the first, 10-0, before St. Pius took the next two contests by 12-7 and 5-4 counts.

In a back and forth battle, St.Pius plated two runs in the bottom of the 6th and held off a St. Thomas rally in the 7th to earn a 5-3 victory.

St. Pius X RHP Kohl Stewart made his second start of the year against the Eagles after throwing 6 2/3 innings in Pius's 5-4 extra inning win on April 5. The sophomore overcame some wildness to hold the Eagles' talented offense to two hits and three runs over 5 innings.

St. Thomas countered with freshman RHP Michael Rodgers, who responded well to the big challenge by throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes, and walking only one in 5 innings. He allowed 8 hits and three earned runs while striking out a batter.

St. Thomas got on the board first with a single run in the second inning, loading the bases on three Stewart walks before getting an RBI sac fly from DH Ross Sumbera.

St. Pius came right back with two runs in their half of the second, loading the bases before scoring on a pair of groundouts with C Kevin Kubecka and CF Kenneth Dana picking up the RBI.

Pius added a single tally in the third and the 3-1 lead held until the 5th inning when St. Thomas loaded the bases with one out. Stewart, as he did all night, made key pitches with runners on base, striking out CF Conor Biggio looking. Stewart made another quality pitch to  SS Patrick Leonard, but the Georgia commit muscled a ball over 3B Kyle Kirk's head, scoring a pair of runs and tying the game.

The score stayed deadlocked until the 6th when Nick Vutelli was hit by a pitch by St. Thomas reliever LHP Eric Jensen, setting the stage for Stewart. He promptly ripped his third hit of the night, a double past CF Conor Biggio, scoring Vutelli, plating the winning run for the Panthers. They added an insurance run as well on a St. Thomas error to make it 5-3.

"He started the batter ahead of me with a fastball, so when I saw fastball right down the middle I just threw my hands at it," said Stewart about his game winning at bat.

St. Thomas started the 7th by reaching on an error. Coach Adam Massiatte called on SS Matt Eureste to get the final three outs. After forcing 2B Harrison Ayala into a fielder's coach, Eureste hit Conor Biggio with a pitch, putting the tying run on base with Leonard coming to the plate. Eureste struck out Leonard on three pitches, the last being a nasty slider that dove into the left handed batter's box. After a walk to Cavan Biggio, Eureste struck out C Hunter Kopycinski on another slider to give Pius the 5-3 win.

Eureste worked 87-89 with his fastball in the 7th with his out pitch being a slider that sat 73-77 with hard frisbee break from his sidearm slot. While he was impressive on the mound with his low effort delivery and easy velocity, but even more so earlier in the game. The long, loose limbed shortstop showed smooth actions in the field with very good arm strength as well as easy bat speed and coverage from the left side of the plate. The senior Sam Houston State commit had three hits on the day, two to the opposite field and scored a run, in addition to picking up the save.

Stewart was named Player of the Game for his performance, pitching five innings of two hit three run ball, while going 3-3 at the plate with the game winning RBI.

The sophomore has an athletic build, with lots of room to fill, and worked 83-86 with his fastball, topping at 87. He also threw a slider at 72-75 and flashed a 74 mph changeup.  He walked six on the day and hit a batter, but did some of his best pitching with men on base.

"It was my first start in a week and a half, and I actually felt better in the stretch, with men on," Stewart said. "I knew from facing them before that they were a good fastball hitting team, so I tried to keep them off balance and build off my fastball."

Stewart and Eureste had six of the Panthers 10 hits to lead the offense, another intriguing offense prospect is 3B Kyle Kirk who showed a short swing with strength and reached base twice, with a hit and a walk.

St. Thomas had only three hits on the day but have a number of intriguing prospects for 2011 and beyond. Leonard, ranked #60 in the 2011 class, showed the tools that make him a top prospect. His swing can be long but he gets excellent extension and his strength and power potential are assets, as well as his arm strength and quickness. Leonard showed off those defensive tools with a great play in the bottom of the 6th, making a diving stop at full extension on a one-hopper up the middle, held the runner at third, and made a strong throw to first from his knees.

Former Astro great and member of the 3000 hit club Craig Biggio serves as St. Thomas coach and has two sons that are standouts on the team. Senior Conor played OF, has a 5'8, 150 pound frame akin to his father, showing quickness in his bat from the left side and a patient approach at the plate. He is committed to play at Notre Dame next year.

Cavan, a sophomore, played 3B, showing smooth fielding actions and an accurate arm with plenty of strength. He has a bigger build than his brother and father, standing at 6'1, 170 with room to grow. He showed bat quickness on a line drive single to CF to lead off the 4th as well as a glimpse of his future power with a fly ball to RF that he just missed launching out of the yard with an impressive hang time of 6.69.

C Hunter Kopycinski's arm strength really stood out in warmups and he had a few chances to show it off during the game. Kopycinski easily cut down two Panther runners trying to steal, registering a pop time of 1.79 on the first. His transfer and release are very quick, and that, combined with the arm strength will make life tough on any runners attempting to steal on him.

The win moves St. Pius X to 31-4 on the year, while St. Thomas drops to 19-10. Even though Pius had already clinched the district title the rivalry game loomed big as Pius needed the win to clinch the season series. There is a good chance these teams could meet for a 5th time in the state championship as they did a year ago.

The PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues tomorrow in Owasso, OK for the highly anticipated High School Game of the Year between Oklahoma powerhouses Owasso and Broken Arrow. Owasso, ranked #2 in the PG High School National HS Rankings will throw likely early first round pick RHP Dylan Bundy, while Broken Arrow, ranked #3 will counter with their own highly touted and potential early first round pick RHP Archie Bradley.

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4/14/2011 1:41:46 PM

SAN ANTONIO, TX-- Tyler Gonzales showed off an explosive fastball that sat 89-92 MPH, occasionally climbing up to 93. The junior righty mixed his scorching heater with a hard low 80's slider with good tilting action and a 12-6 curve with late sudden break at 76 MPH. The devastating arsenal was simply too much for Roosevelt's hitters, as Gonzales allowed just one hit while striking out 14.

Ever the competitor, Gonzales says he was happy with the outcome but felt like he could have done better. After the game Gonzales lamented "I wasn't really in command of my payoff pitch, the slider and I thought I could have done a better job of throwing first pitch strikes." Gonzales may not have impressed himself by throwing a first pitch strike on 57.7% of at-bats but he was certainly effective. Tyler says that command has been the aspect he has placed the most emphasis on improving this season.

If Gonzales can harness his command his potential on the mound is extremely high, as he features a live arm and gets a sharp downhill angle on his pitches creating very good movement on his fastball with hard tailing action. When he's in sync he is able to drive the ball to the bottom corners of the strike zone with exceptional life and movement, setting up his hard slider really well. With a tall athletic frame Gonzales projects to increase his physical strength as he matures and couple possibly see an uptick in velocity. Then again, his future may not be on the mound, as Gonzales is a very high level prospect at shortstop, currently ranked as the #8 SS PG's class of 2012 rankings.

When asked about where on the diamond he sees himself Tyler said "I really like competing on the mound, as a SS and hitter I love the chance to make a big play or come through with a big hit in a clutch situation." Gonzales is committed to play his college ball at Southern California, where he may have an opportunity to be a two-way player. Then again, with an arm and stuff like his, it seems likely that a MLB organization may try to persuade him to forgo college baseball and begin his pro career early

The five runs Gonzales got were plenty, and a big part of the offense was leadoff man Byran Myler, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases. Gonzales also helped his own cause, going 1-for-3 with a Run and an RBI. Tyler Salas went 1-for-2 with a Run and cleanup hitter Regan Reed went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Kevin Madden also went 1-for-2 for the Mavericks

The PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues tomorrow in Houston as two TAPPS powers St. Pius X and St. Thomas Catholic meet at 7:00 (Central). 
4/12/2011 7:58:27 PM

Box Score

EL PASO, TX--Franklin had won 17 straight games going into Tuesday's match up with 6-16 Bel Air. The Cougars record sat at 24-2 with their only defeats being one-run contests against perennial state contenders Coppell and Highland Park, both games in which Franklin had the tying run in scoring position in their last at bat.

Tuesday's 85-degree, sunny weather was perfect for baseball and the Cougars pounded out 15 hits in a easy 11-0 victory.

The offense started the game quickly, scoring five runs on six hits in the top of the first inning with 3B Gabe Alvarez and RF Cody Snyder both hitting home runs to left field.

The dimensions were a bit peculiar at Bel Air, with straight away left field being one of the deepest parts of the park, until the wall juts in 25-30 feet in the left-center alley making this field very enticing for right-handed hitters. Both Alvarez and Snyder used that porch, as did LF Ricky Jacquez one his 4th inning grand slam that made the score 9-0 and blew the game wide open.

Jacquez playing his first game of the year in the outfield, is also a top prospect on the mound and was named an AFLAC All-American last August. Jacquez's fastball was clocked at 94 at last year's National Showcase at Tropicana Field and he is currently ranked #47 in the 2011 class.

The Texas commit, is a slender athlete, standing 5'9 and weighing 160 pounds, but showed an easy swing with bat speed on his grand slam, which was a no-doubter. He hit the ball hard his first two times at-bat, both groundouts to SS, the second of which registered 95 mph off the bat.

"I just tried to stay patient and stay back on the ball," he said after the game when asked about the homer, "at the plate I just try to wait until he makes a mistake and capitalize."

Video footage of Ricardo Jacquez

Franklin pushed across two more runs in the top of the 5th to make 11-0 the final. 1B Cameron Haskins drove home both runs on a line drive single off the right-field wall. Jacquez followed up with a line-drive double of his own, but both men were stranded.

The Cougars offensive explosion overshadowed the stellar pitching of RHP Guillermo Trujillo who struck out nine, allowing only no hits and walking none in 4 innings.

Trujillo worked 83-86 with his fastball during his appearance, flashing four pitches, toggling between his curveball and slider as his out pitch by inning. The junior has a tall athletic build, throwing on a downhill plane from a 3/4 slot and employs a simple, smooth delivery. His slider was at 74-77, with his curve ball checking it at 69-71.

He threw just 51 pitches in the outing, with an impressive 74.5% going for strikes.

Video footage of Guillermo Trujillo

RHP Joseph Camacho came in throw the 5th, striking out the side after a lead-off error, working 83-85 with his fastball from sidearm slot.

Those two pitchers, along with Jacquez, give Franklin a solid trio of arms to compete against tougher competition come playoff time.

"We are fortunate at Franklin to have a deep pitching staff with several arms that can get the job done," said head coach Andy Powers. "Ricky's been a great example to the rest of the staff, pulling them aside and giving them words of advice."

Franklin SS Ray Delgado was another standout performer on the offensive side going 2-3 with a double and scoring two runs. The El Paso CC commit has a tall, long frame with strength, showing solid actions at SS, while being short to the ball with bat speed and strength at the plate.

Jacquez ended the day 2-4 with 5 RBI and was named Perfect Game Road Trip Player of the Game.

Franklin has four regular season games remaining before the Texas State Playoffs begin.

The PG High School Hittin' The Road Tour continues tomorrow in San Antonio for a 7:15 (CT) game as Madison takes on Roosevelt.

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4/11/2011 10:32:14 PM

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ANTHEM, AZ--Boulder Creek rolled to a 10-0, six inning victory over Willow Canyon, Monday, with RHP Tony Blanford pitching 5 innings of shut out ball and 3B Alex Real providing the bulk of the offense a pair of hits including a walk-off 3-run homer.

On a beautiful day just north of Phoenix, the Jaguars offense got going early, plating five first inning runs, and giving Blanford all the support he would need.

Blanford, himself got the early rally going with a double. He was promptly driven home by an Alex Real single to right-center field. Real was quickly driven home as well by his younger brother C David. After an error, RF Phillip Bayus singled up the middle to score two more.

With the five run cushion, Blanford settled in an shut down the Wildcat offense allowing only four base runners over his five innings. He worked his fastball 88-90 in the first inning, then dialing it up a notch and sitting 89-91 the rest of the game.

He complimented it with a curveball, which sat at 71-73 in the first inning with fringy break before living at 75-76 with sharper break later in the game.

"I didn't have good feel for my curveball in the first inning, but it felt a lot better in the second," he said.

Boulder Creek coach Joe McDonald also sees a lot of potential in the pitch.

"He was really trying to guide it in the first, but made a great adjustment with it. I believe it can be a very effective pitch for him."

Blanford also mixed in an 80 mph changeup later in the game.

When asked what he needed to improve on, he was quick to answer, "command of all three pitches."

He ended the day throwing 78 pitches, 57.7% of them for strikes, striking out seven, walking three. The only hit he gave up was a lead-off single by Tyler Tingley, the opposing pitcher.

Blanford showed a repeatable delivery and clean arm actions, with good arm action and deception on his off-speed pitches.

Video footage of Tony Blanford.

The teams traded scoreless frames for three innings after Boulder Creek's big first, with Willow Canyon reliever RHP Brandon Glasser shutting down the Jaguar offense.

Boulder Creek came back in the 5th with two more runs, David Real drove in one on a line drive double to LF, and Bayus drove home his third run of the day with a single.

David Real was impressive, showing the same strong, balanced approach as his brother while employing an easy swing with pop.

Blanford exited after five, and LHP Garrett Grant pitched a scoreless sixth to set the stage for Alex Real's heroics.

Leadoff man Jonny Pawling walked and Grant singled before Real stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive over the wall in left field, giving Boulder Creek a 10-0 victory in walk-off fashion.

Real has a thick, strong build and uses it at the plate, hitting the ball to all fields with authority and showing the ability to bring his hands in and pull the ball as well.

The win moves the Jaguars to 25-4 on the year and they have proven to be one of the top teams in the state. Just six games remain until the Arizona state playoffs.

The PG High School Road Trip continues tomorrow from El Paso, TX at 4 pm (MT) as Franklin takes on Bel Air.

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4/9/2011 5:36:05 PM

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LAS VEGAS, NV-- Bishop Gorman has reigned over Nevada high school baseball for the past five years, and entered today's matchup with undefeated Sierra Vista looking every bit the juggernaut they had the past few years. The Lions though, entered the game ranked #1 in the 4A coaches polls.

Each team boasts plenty of star power, with Sierra Vista SS/RHP Jake Hager and Bishop Gorman 3B/RHP Joey Gallo both considered high level prospects with several other prospects throughout each lineup. There was a large crowd on hand in spite of unseasonably cold temperatures in the low 50s.

Sierra Vista Submarine RHP Blair Goldsack retired the Gaels 1-2-3 in the top of the first. Hager led off the bottom of the frame by smoking a liner up the middle that registered at 99 MPH off the bat to lead things off. Connor Klein followed with another single to bring up C Scotty Tomassetti with runners at the corners. Tomassetti got a hanging curveball over the outside corner and drove it out of the yard the opposite way to give the Lions an early 3-0 lead.

Tomassetti said of the home run "I was just trying to make good contact and get the runner in from third and get us a run." The three run shot proved to be the game winner as the Lions never relinquished the lead. Though things certainly did get tense in the 7th inning, as Gorman pushed across a pair and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. Sierra Vista coach Nate Selby summoned his star shortstop Jake Hager to relive Goldsack and get the final out. Hager allowed a single to LF AJ Van Meetren before getting a fly ball to end the game and nail down the save.

Goldsack earned the win by scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings and got out of several jams. Coach Selby said of Goldsack's outing "he kept us in the game like he always does, he had good command today. Those guys (Bishop Gorman) can really hit so to hold them down is an accomplishment you have to tip your hat to."

Tomassetti followed up his Home Run with another hit, Run and RBI. Tomassetti is in elite company, joining JSerra CF Clay Williamson, Cathedral Catholic LHP Stephen Gonsalves and Edison LHP Henry Owens as PG High School Road Trip Players of the Game with a 2-for-3 day with 2 Runs, 4 RBIs, a walk as well as the game winning Home Run. Tomassetti also was impressive behind the plate, showing good receiving and blocking skills and his big day at the plate came against a quality pitcher in righty TJ White, a UNLV commit whose fastball was up to 91 MPH.

Hager and Gallo certainly didn't disappoint either, showing the impressive tools that have MLB organizations very interested. Hager went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Gallo went 1-for-3 with a double that registered 94 MPH off the bat to extend the game in the 7th after drawing a walk and scoring a Run. Sophomore OF Kenny Meinmerstorf went 2-for-4 with a triple, 2 Runs and an RBI, showing off very impressive hitting tools that project well.

The win moves Sierra Vista to 17-0 on the season, though the people least impressed by the run seem to be the ones wearing Sierra Vista uniforms. Coach Selby said "Gorman has won the last five championships so until someone takes their streak away from them they are still the top team." When asked if its fair to call the Lions the best team in the state Tomassetti said "no, the team that holds up the trophy at the end of the year is the best team in the state."

Footage of Gallo, the 12th ranked player in the class of 2012, driving the ball to right center for a double:

The PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues on Monday in Surprise, AZ as Boulder Creek takes on Willow Canyon at 3:00 Pacific.

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4/9/2011 12:18:40 AM

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA-- Edison LHP Henry Owens made his final start against cross-town rival Fountain Valley this afternoon. A nice consolation prize for the Barons, who were the victims of yet another shutout by Owens. The ace lefty was sharp today, firing 11 strikeouts without issuing a free pass and scattering 3 hits. 

Through the first six innings the 7th ranked player in the nation was locked up in a pitchers duel with fellow lefty Zach Milan. But the wheels came off in the 7th for Fountain Valley, as a leadoff single by C Jake Lesinski was followed by a throwing error on a bunt attempt. After a fielders choice Edison's hitters finally managed to cash in on an opportunity. PH Tyler Jones singled to load the bases and then OF Sean Whiteman smashed a bases clearing triple to right center to put the Chargers up 3-0. It was more than enough run support for Owens but CF Eric Snyder added a 2-run Home Run the next at bat to make it 5-0. Another error and a passed ball allowed 2B Timmy Lopes to get into scoring position before 1B Johnathan Brooks drove him in for the final run of the game.

Owens' fastball was up to 92 MPH and he mixed it well with a 77 MPH slider, a 70 MPH curve and 78 MPH changeup. Owens threw 66.8 of his pitches for strikes, including a very impressive 71% of his offspeed pitches for strikes (including 77% of his sliders and 8 of 9 changeups). There was a very large turnout, including an army of MLB scouts with radar guns in tow. When asked if he notices the scouts or feels any pressure Owens said "I don't think about it when I'm out there, we have a saying; DBTH (don't believe the hype). I don't even look into the stands." Edison head coach Steve Lambright said of Owens' dominant performance "that's Henry, he did his job. It was his fourth shutout in league play thus far, he's the best pitcher I've ever had the privelege of coaching and he just goes about his business." 

The complete game shutout was enough to earn Owens Player of the Game honors, edging out teammate Sean Whiteman who went 2-for-3 with a triple, 3 RBIs and a Run out of the ninth spot in the order. An example of what makes Edison, currently the #1 ranked team in the nation, so dangerous. While most of the attention is focused on the Big Four of Owens, the Lopes borthers and Eric Snyder, the Chargers have quality hitters up and down the lineup and good pitching depth. Just as importantly, they are very experienced.

Coach Lambright said of his team's ability to deal with the pressure of being a heavy favorite "they've handled it a lot better this year than last, it's tough for 16 and 17 year old kids to handle it, and while it's an honor it doesn't mean anything unless you earn it on the field." That is a lesson the Chargers players learned the hard way losing in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs to Dana Hills last year. Lambright added "games like this are going to go a long way in the playoffs because there's going to be a team that can match Henry on the mound and we're going to have to find a way to grind out a win."

While last year's playoffs showed that anything can happen, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't like Edison's chances come tourney time. The Chargers are ranked #1 in the nation in the PG National Top 50, the PG Pacific Regional Top 25, the CIF Southern Section Divison I top 10 and the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. With three players expected to be selected high in June's MLB draft (Owens, Christian Lopes and Snyder), a very strong supporting cast and plenty of experience they look to have all the ingredients to capture a championship.

Bonus footage of the 31st ranked player in the class of 2011, Christian Lopes:

Tomorrow the PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues in Las Vegas as 10th ranked Bishop Gorman takes on 29th ranked Sierra Vista at noon (Central). The two teams boast a combined record of 30-2 and look to be the favorites for the Nevada state championship. 

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4/7/2011 7:47:21 PM

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SAN DIEGO, CA-- Cathedral Catholic LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw his first complete game of his Dons career. Gonsalves allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out twelve in the latest in a string of dominant outings. The CG effort took 101 pitches, 64 for strikes. His Fastball sat 84-87 and occasionally reached 89 MPH. He mixed in a mid 70's curveball, up to 76, though he mostly relied on spotting his fastball. 

Dons head coach Gary Remiker said that Gonsalves has "as much upside as anyone I've ever coached, including Mark Prior." Adding that "they're similar at the same age in terms of velocity and stuff, but Stephen's size and being left handed gives him a higher ceiling." Gonsalves, who was named Player of the Game said afterwards that his primary focus this season has been improving his fastball command. He is also developing a splitter as a third pitch to go with his hard fastball with plus movement and emerging curveball.

Stephen Gonsalves 2013 LHP from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

Cathedral Catholic's lineup provided plenty of run support, eventually. Though it took a few innings for the bats to come alive, the Dons hitters fared much better the second and third time through the lineup. DH Jesse Kay was impressive, going 2-for-2 with a walk, showed improved swing mechanics. Kay's scouting report from the 2010 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase noted: "Shows good bat speed, gets extension out front, good pop to the pull side, hitting tools project even more with slight adjustments in approach and added strength." Since that event last August Jesse has made those adjustments and the improved balance has allowed him to be successful to this point in his Junior season. Remiker said of Kay "he has the strongest arm in our league, he's made strides in cutting down his release time and he could eventually get his pop times down into the low 1.80s."

OF/LHP Daniel Camarena hammered an RBI double off the fence in right center to tack on the final run in the 6th. Camarena has been pitching very well this season, posting a 0.32 ERA in four starts thus far, though he has had a slow start at the plate. With his plus bat speed and emerging power it is unreasonable to expect that Camarena will not pick it up at the plate as the season continues.

Daniel Camarena RBI Double from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

The win moves Cathedral Catholic to 11-2 on the year and are now tied for first in the Western League at 2-0. La Jolla falls to 6-6 and 0-2 in league play. After a busy schedule this past week Cathedral Catholic will have a week off before returning to action on April 14th.

The PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues tomorrow at 3:15 (Pacific) when the #1 team in the nation Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) sends their ace Henry Owens to the mound to face Fountain Valley.  

4/7/2011 12:17:36 PM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- JSerra OF Clay Williamson came to bat with the bases loaded and his team down a run clinging to their final 2 outs. Williamson knew it was a big spot, but he seemed unfazed, saying he was "just looking to get big and come through in a big spot for my team." He got plenty big alright, coming through with a 2-run single to lead the Lions to a come from behind 5-4 win over El Toro in the championship game of the Anaheim Lions tournament.

Trailing 4-0 as late as the 5th inning, JSerra finally got to El Toro starter Ryan Kayoda with 3 runs after the sophomore finally began to run out of gas. Kayoda, the 44th ranked player in the class of 2013 (11th ranked pitcher) walked a pair to lead off the 5th before giving up back to back hits before being lifted with a 4-3 lead. Kayoda topped out at 87 MPH with his fastball and looks to be a very promising prospect. 

El Toro took their 4-3 lead into the final frame with the bottom of the order coming up for JSerra. But 3B Trent Boras continued his big game, drawing a leadoff walk, bringing the tying run to the plate. C Austin Hedges ripped a line drive single to left field (92 MPH off the bat) and 2B Grant Davis followed suit with a single to set the stage for Williamson. El Toro responded with a pitching change, bringing in sidearm lefty Brett Hammond to face Williamson. 

JSerra head coach Brett Kay said of the at-bat "I was feeling confident, we expected they'd go lefty-lefty on Clay but he hits lefties pretty well, he had a great at bat in a big spot and its a testament to the kind of competitor he is." The senior CF worked the count to 2-2 before fouling off 3 pitches to get the breaking he was looking for and driving it hard up the middle to send JSerra home a winner. 

Clay Williamson Game Winning At Bat from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

The victory improves JSerra to 14-3 on the year, though their coach says they still have a lot of work to do. Kay cautioned "we have to think back to the last time we ran into [Servite LHP] Cole Irvin, who is one of the best pitchers in southern California, well now we're back in the same situation and we're going to have to find a way to beat him." The Lions currently sit two games behind Mater Dei for first place in the Trinity League, widely regarded as the toughest league in California. JSerra will face Servite on April 12 and 14 and are almost assured of facing the ace lefty. 

While the toughest part of the schedule still remains on the horizon, Williamson said of the experience in the Anaheim Lions tournament "this was a big deal for us, it was a good bonding experience for our team and it will definetly help us down the road to have been in a tough spot in a big game and to know that we can battle back."

The PG High School Road Trip continues on Thursday in San Diego with La Jolla vs. Cathedral Catholic at 3:00 (Pacific). 

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4/7/2011 11:31:41 AM

In a crispy, well-played game Mission Viejo beat Servite 2-0 behind a complete game shutout from RHP Willie Kuhl in the third game Wednesday at Glover Stadium. Kuhl topped out at 84 over his 7 innings of work, giving up just five hits and three walks, striking out four.

His counterpart, Servite's RHP Enrigue Guzman matched him almost pitch for pitch. He threw all six innings, giving up two runs, just one earned while mirroring Kuhl with five hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.

Viejo Boog Powell had two hits including a double, and along with sharing one of baseball's best names with former the former Oriole 1B and 1970 AL MVP, had patience and quality at bats from the left side and a smooth easy swing.

PG High School provided live twitter updates throughout the game as it will do throughout the Hittin' The Road Tour. They can be found at www.twitter.com/highschoolPG.

A full box score is available here: http://www.gamechanger.io/game-3806558/boxscore


Expanded stats are available here: http://www.gamechanger.io/game-3806558/boxscore/batting

4/7/2011 2:56:42 AM

OF Clay Williamson had a 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the JSerra Lions all the way back from 4-0 to win 5-4 over El Toro. Williamson was named the PG High School Road Trip Player of the Game as well as tournament MVP. For a full recap with pictures and video check back tomorrow. 

The in-depth box score is now available. Be sure to follow the action live from San Diego tomorrow at 3:00 (Pacific) when Cathedral Catholic takes on La Jolla.  
4/6/2011 7:29:14 PM

Tesoro posted a 5-4 come from behind victory over West Ranch inthe second game of the day at Glover Stadium. Here is a look at some of the topprospects that were featured in the game. For an inning by inning look back at the game go to www.twitter.com/highschoolPG.

West Ranch

LHP JC Cloney
The junior Fullerton commit started the game on the mound. He worked comfortably at 81-82 in the first few innings, up at 84. He dialed it up some as the game went on working 82-83 with 85 as his best on the day. He has a medium build with strength in the lower half offering some projection.

Where Cloney stands out is his ability to repeat his delivery and throw 3 pitches to spots. He lived on the outside corner with his fastball all day, and showed good feel for a 69-72 mph slider with late break. The pitch shows some tilt but not much depth. His changeup sat 72-74 and was solid all day, it showed very good run and sink at 75 on a strikeout for the second out of a 3rd inning jam. His arm action is clean and easy and he also fielded his position well, getting off the mound quickly to field bunts and showing athleticism, leaping and snagging a one-hopper to get out of the aforementioned 3rd inning jam.

Cloney hits from the right side and showed a good approach and balance. He went the other way well on an outside fastball, driving it up the middle for what then was the go-ahead RBI. He also made a potential game saving play at 1B with one-out in the 7th, ranging to his left to track down a tough one-hopper before throwing an off-balance strike to the plate to get the force out.

RHP Michael Silva
The junior showed the best arm strength of the day working 88-89 in his 2/3 of an inning appearance. Listed at 5'11 Silva has a medium frame with athleticism, and repeats his delivery. He was online for most of his appearance, but began to open up early and throwing across his body, leading to his control slipping.

His arm works well, with quickness, short action, and minimal effort. He also flashed a slider at 74 with good break that got him a strikeout, but he was unable to consistently throw it for strikes. Silva's athleticism, delivery, and present arm speed leads one to believe that he could add velocity in the future.

C Dakota Hernandez
The catcher has a strong athletic build and showed both quickness and arm strength behind the plate. He blocks balls well, but would benefit from dropping to his knees quicker and maintaining a better body angle. He has a short swing at the plate, with little wasted movements and pop in his bat.

3B Josh Heinz
Heinz was the strongest player on the field, with thickness and strength in his legs and upper body. He used it to show a strong line drive swing with lots of pop. The ball comes off well and his finish is high and should produce power. His hands are clean at 3B, he moves well, and he showed off a strong arm.

LHP Aaron Watkins
Watkins entered the game in relief of Silva and got out of the jam with minimal damage. The 5’9 lefty has quickness in his arm, running his fastball up to 87, while sitting 83-85. He struggled a bit with his sweeping 68-70 mph slider in his first inning of work, but had a good feel for it in his second inning, throwing it for strikes, and showing good break.


-- OF Michael Alvarez showed a quick bat on a homerun to lead off the game

-- 1B Matt Blake hit 3rd for the Wildcats and is a strong, solid athlete with a good swing and power potential


RHP AJ Pipitone
The right-hander worked quickly and pounded the lower half of the zone with a 78-81 mph fastball, holding the tough West Ranch offense at bay. He showed short arm action and while not having great command of his curveball, threw it for strikes when he had to.

1B Connor Spencer
Spencer had three hits on the day, maintaining a patient, balanced approach in every at bat and showing the ability to stay with a variety of pitches in different locations. His swing is short, and he makes very good contact to all fields.

SS Braden Peters
Peters showed the best defensive actions in the game, showing his range and arm strength with a play in the hole, and later his athleticism and footwork with an off balance throw after charging the ball. His actions and hands were very good, getting rid of the ball quickly and accurately to 1B. At the plate he showed a short stroke, letting the ball travel and attacking it with an up the middle approach.

3B Kris Paulino
A left-handed batter that passes the eye test, Paulino went the other way well with a single to LF off Cloney and showed his ability to square it up with a single to RF later. His hands were good at 3B, and he showed a quick release and accuracy on his throws across.


-- C Eric Hutting has a strong arm, and quick release to go with a very good all around skill set behind the plate.

-- RHP Kyle Goodbrand. The projectable sophomore ran his fastball up to 84, while sitting 81-83. He has long arm action and a balanced delivery, allowing him to throw strikes.

4/6/2011 4:56:48 PM

Capistrano Valley has a strong baseball tradition, having produced four MLB players and a 1st round pick as recently as 2009 (Tyler Matzek, 11th overall). Their current crop of players looks solid, with 2012 C/3B Jeffrey Ortega looking like one of the more promising prospects for the Cougars. 

Ortega showed solid improvement at the plate from the last time we saw him at the 2011 Cal Under. His improved body control in his swing has allowed him to be more consistent with his balance at the plate, getting more out of his solid bat speed. The slight improvements to his swing combined with his good strike zone discipline make him a very productive hitter at present with a chance to develop some power down the road. This will be key  to his future success as his defense makes him an attractive prospect for the next level. 

OF Peter Zuvich showed good athleticism and quick hands at the plate. 3B Kyle Matzek showed good all around tools, and though his balance was inconsistent at the plate today, he has the ability to be a very good hitter with refinement. Matzek also showed a good arm from the hot corner. Kyle Hunt showed good contact skills at the plate with a smooth load and good lower half use in his swing. 

Costa Mesa had some interesting players as well. C Ian McLaughlin showed good separation of his upper and lower halves at the plate with strength at contact and he projects to get stronger as his long athletic frame fills out. OF Sean Isaac is a tall athletic well rounded athlete, and though he has a lot of moving parts to his swing he showed good strength at contact. OF Bret Collins also showed solid bat speed at the plate with an uppercut swing. 
4/6/2011 2:06:31 PM

PG High School will be providing dual coverage of the 1:00 games, with reports from the Capistrano Valley vs. Mira Costa contest at Brookhurst HS as well as the West Ranch vs. Tesoro matchup at Glover Stadium.

West Ranch features Senior RHP Ryan Keller, a San Diego commit ranked #30 in the state of California. Keller will not make the start on the mound, but it will be another top prospect. 2012 LHP JC Cloney, a Cal State Fullerton commit, will make the start. He is ranked #46 in the 2012 class in California.

Tesoro will counter with RHP AJ Pipitone.

Follow along live with these games at www.twitter.com/highschoolPG. 
4/6/2011 1:16:41 PM

Santa Barbara easily beat Brighton (UT) 13-1 to kick off the first day of the PG High School Hittin' The Road Tour. The Dons scored two runs in the first, four in the second, and six in the third to take a commanding 12-0 lead after three innings.

CF Collin Dewell, an Arizona commit, stood out at the plate with three hits including two triples. He showed an even, balanced hitting approach at the plate, letting the ball travel and using quick and strong hands to drive the ball to both alleys. He showed good speed and was very aggressive on the bases.

The 6'0 175 pound senior is a player to watch and has the tools to excel at the college level. 
4/6/2011 12:27:38 PM

The Anaheim Lions Tournament has seen 54 players that have went on to spend time in the major leagues, including five players that are currently on MLB rosters:

Cardinals 2B/OF Skip Shumacher (Aliso Niguel HS)
Giants LHP Dan Runzler (Chaminade HS)
Rays RHP James Shields (Hart HS-Newhall)
Pirates RHP James McDonald (Long Beach Poly HS)
Nationals 2B/SS Danny Espinosa (Mater Dei HS)

Other Notables:
Giants 3B Coach and former Padre Tim Flannery (Anaheim HS)
USC Standout, former Cardinal and Indian RHP Anthony Reyes (California HS-Whittier)
Former Red Sox/Expos/Cubs/Brewers OF Troy O'Leary (Cypress HS)
Former Angels/Reds/Athletics/Royals RHP Seth Etherton (Dana Hills HS)
Former Tiger/Angel/Red Sox/Braves RHP Dan Petry (El Dorado HS)
Padres Director of Player Personnel and Former Dodgers/Royals/Padres OF Chris Gwynn
All-Time MLB Saves Leader and Former Marlins/Padres/Brewers RHP Trevor Hoffman
Former Cubs/Mets/Orioles/Devil Rays/Blue Jays RHP Steve Trachsel
Former Braves/Padres/Giants LF/1B Ryan Klesko

4/6/2011 11:13:48 AM

The 10 am game is underway at Glover Stadium on the final day of the Anaheim Lions Tournament. Temperatures in the low 60s with overcast skies, but forecasts call for warmer weather for the afternoon games.

The Santa Barbara Dons are the home team wearing green jerseys facing the Bountiful (UT) Braves, who have made one of the longest journeys to compete in this prestigious event.

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4/6/2011 9:54:15 AM

Hello high school baseball fans, we are getting set to kick off the PG High School Baseball Road Trip from Glover Stadium in Anaheim, CA for the final day of the Anaheim Lions tournament. We've got four games on tap for today, starting with Bountiful (UT) vs Santa Barbara (CA) at 10:00 at Glover Stadium.

We will be live blogging with updates and notes throughout the morning and afternoon. Check back this evening for live broadcasts of the final two games beginning at 4:30 (Pacific) via Gamechanger.

Today's game schedule (all times Pacific):
10:00: Bountiful vs Santa Barbara
1:00: Capo Valley vs Mira Costa
4:30: Servite vs Mission Viejo
7:30: Championship Game JSerra vs El Toro

We will also be announcing a PG Player of the Game each day beginning with tonight's championship. Be sure to check back throughout the trip!

You can follow games live here: http://www.gamechanger.io/g/pgtour

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