NET Elite Baseball took over the eastern half of the state of Tennessee, holding events in Nashville, Sevierville and the Tri-Cities during the second weekend of October.
Here are all the results.
Belmont Rose Park
Seven teams in the 14U division converged on the Music City to combat the elements and one another. High winds and cold temperatures added to the challenges for the participating teams but by the time the dust settled, Cross Hit Black emerged as the only undefeated team, with a 2-0 record in pool play.
Cross Hit Black kept right on rolling through bracket play as the No. 1 seed, beating Boys of Summer 2-1 in a championship game that was called early due to rain. Showtime-Copely also played well, but was bested by a 5-3 margin by Boys of Summer in the semifinals.
ETSU Fall Classic
History was made in this event as RBI Prime recorded just the second perfect game in NET Elite history. RBI Prime also made NET Elite history themselves with not only throwing a perfect game they also in the same day threw a no hitter! The three hurlers—John Beam, Alex Dunlap and Jake Wilhoit—combined for the no hitter and the three hurlers responsible for the perfecto - Matt Eubanks, Jared Coffey, and Caylan Scholem. What an accomplishment in an event in NET Elite history or any program! Congrats!
RBI Prime and TN Stix emerged as the teams to beat. Both squads posted unblemished 4-0 records in pool play to split tournament honors. RBI Prime also was part of the best game of the weekend, rallying with three runs in their final time at the plate to defeat the TN 2 Seamerz by a 5-4 margin in their opening game of the tournament.
The Falcons and Easley also played well over the weekend, posting identical 3-1 records.
Standouts during the tournament included Beam, Wilhoit and Matthew Levi for RBI Prime; Tanner Goins, Mason Bell and Braden Taylor for the Stix; Easley's Kasten Harvey, Chip Jenkins and Zack McAllister; Tyler Bailey for the Greeneville Marlins; Jonas Lane and Grayson Waddle of the Falcons; Showtime's Abbott Lawrence and Alex Qualls; Nick Waldrop and Jake Greenlee from Pro Prodigy; and Landon Shaver, Bryce Long and Tyler VandeVorde of the NRBI Thunder.
Smokies Fall Classic
Scouts from multiple college programs were in attendance for this 17/18U event, which drew 16 teams.
The JC Braves were the cream of the crop in this one. Led by top hitter Ben Grable, the Braves held the opposition to less than three runs per game while going 4-0 in pool play to top the final standings. Garrett Wilkins was another standout for the Braves. In their final game of the weekend, the JC Braves battled the TN Mavericks in a matchup between two 3-0 teams, but the Braves prevailed in a 9-4 contest.
Five teams posted 3-1 records: the Mavericks, East TN Crusaders, the Old Hickory Generals, Fury Baseball and PSA Rawlings Prospects. Zack Joyce was a standout for the Mavericks, with his fastball topping out at 88 mph for the second consecutive weekend.
The Crusaders brought their heavy lumber, scoring 22 total runs in their two Sunday games. PSA Rawlings was led by some fine pitching backed by great defense.
Other standout performers during this event included Nick Collins and Jacob Jenniner from eXposure; Iam Campbell, Spencer Glover and Joseph Allen of the TN Mavericks; Billy Flohr and Malik Abdul for the Patriots; Chase Kirby, Ammon Murphy and Brett Potts for PSA Rawlings; MJ Sting's Matthew Harrell and Chance Merithew; the Crusaders' Banks Presson, Noah Webb and David Bryant; the Longhorns' DJ Power and Wyatt Grisskey; Josiah Carrier of Diamond Elite; Old Hickory's Walker Palmerton and Demarco Miller; the Bobcats' Jacob Goble and Garret Hamilton; Cole Harness and Noah Rasnick of Hammond Post; and Chris Caldwell and Blake Hubble of Pro Concepts.
NET Elite is taking this weekend off but returns Oct. 29 for our Fall Individual Player Showcase, held on the campus of Walters State in Morristown, TN. College coaches and scouts have organized the showcase and will provide all the instruction. This event will include both an instructional period and an evaluation of skills. Representatives from at least 10 colleges are confirmed to attend. The showcase costs $75 for pitchers and $100 for position players.
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