July 8-10 Knoxville Wood Bat Simulator Recap by John Moorehouse
Playing close to home, Knoxville-based Diamond Simcox shined brightly in the World Wood Bat SImulator tournament, winning the title in the 18U division.
Andy Shaw and Chase Wallace led the way at the plate all weekend for Diamond Simcox, which won all five of its games in the tournament. Wallace also did a fantastic job in relief in the division semifinal against Hardknox, hitting 89 mph as Diamond Simcox won in an 8-7 squeaker.
Michael Thomason pitched well for the Hardknox Orioles, consistently hitting the 84-86 mph range. Dontavious Ogletree swung an imposing bat for Hardknox.
Zone Baseball claimed the 16U title, scoring a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga Fury in the finals to complete its own perfect 5-0 march through the weekend.
Cross Hit, one of the semifinalists in the 16U division, was led on the mound by James Flynn, who worked the strike zone effectively while consistently throwing between 76 and 80 mph.
Team Elite West rolled to the division title, defeating Nike Mustangs 8-1 in the final. Team Elite outscored its two opponents in bracket play by a combined margin of 15-1.
Nolan Letzgus was a key contributor for the Fury as a two-way performer. As a pitcher, he reached 84-86 mph with his fastball.
Raiders Baseball went undefeated en route to the title, defeating Stealth 11-4 in the championship game.