NET Elite Baseball rang in the month of October by taking over East Tennessee! Nearly 30 total teams converged on our two events.
Here's a full recap of the weekend action.
ETSU Fall Classic
It was a good weekend for the KBC Prime 17s and the TN Mavericks, both of whom went 4-0 through pool play in the upperclassman division.
The Mavericks showed a flair for the dramatic. Three of their four games were decided by four total runs. Ian Campbell, Ben Joyce, Mike Corn and Joseph Denton were among their top individual standouts. Joyce shined on the mound in a Sunday game, running up his fastball to 87 mph.
The KBC Prime 17s held opposing offenses in check all weekend; in their four wins, the opposition never scored more than four runs. Top players for the KBC squad included Jared Gadd, Jaxson Davis, Charlie Corum, Noah Blythe and Blayne Denton.
One of the best games of the upperclass division was the very first contest to be played. The JC Braves topped Knox Elite by a 4-2 margin, with Kolten Keller setting the pace on the mound while Ben Grable also had a big day. Knox Elite featured a top prospect, in shortstop Austen Jaslove.
Couple other note worthy games were Crusaders' Braden Jones' pitching performance over Pro Concepts as he hit 87 mph with movement and carved up hitters. Also KBC and Crusaders game where KBC won 5-2 but the game feature some top notch talent.
Many potential tantalizing college prospects were part of this tournament and the attendance reflected that. Coaches from a host of different college came out to watch these players in person. Schools represented included ETSU, Tusculum, Milligan, Emory & Henry, Radford, South Carolina, VCU and Alice Lloyd.
Other individuals who impressed in the upperclass division included the following:
Jordan Dixson, Eli Milhorn (Hammond Post)
Chance Merithew, Spence Patrick (MJ Sting)
Brady Kirtner, Kevan Lambert, Will Stout, Colin Collver (Ole VA)
Garrett Wilkins (JC Braves)
Bryce Bowmen (Knox Elite)
Tate Holdren (Real Deal)
Scott Simmons, Bryce Travis, Logan Thompson (Central Express)
Tyler Lewis, Chris Caldwell, Carson Wells, Kaleb Orr, Joe Ridenour (Pro Concepts)
Garrett Stiltner, Caleb Monfield (KY Dirtbags)
Matt Wright, Zion Honaker (Team SWAT)
Will Westbrock, Joey Davis (Diamond Mine)
Eric Rigbsy, David Bryant, Noah Webb, Troy Podvin, Kevin Christie, Cade McCoy, Braden Jones (Crusaders)
The 14U Division was small but mighty, with five participating teams, but some solid talent was on hand. The game of the tournament was Diamond Elite Blue beating Crusaders 3-2 in the semi finals. The Crusaders 13u played up this weekend and did not disappoint as they showed they can play. The championship went to the TN Bash, who fought through bracket play and defeated Diamond Elite Blue by a 6-2 margin in the title game. As the Bash scored 4 runs in the first and was too much to overcome for the Diamond Elite Blue. The Bash lived up to their name, scoring 13 runs in two separate games.
Smokies Fall Showcase
Teams in the 15/16U division converged on Smokies Park, the home field of the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the finest baseball facility in all of East Tennessee, for an exciting event.
RBI Prime and Knox New Balance ruled the roost, each compiling a 4-0 record during pool play to split tourney title honors.
RBI Prime was swinging the heavy lumber all weekend, scoring at least six runs in all four of its games and topping double digits in three of four contests. Top talent for the RBI squad included Brandon Lejuene, Matt Levi, John Beam, Jake Wilhoit and Eligah Patterson.
Aside from a tight 4-2 decision over Falcon Baseball, Knox New Balance clobbered its other three foes by a combined margin of 29-2. New Balance's individual standouts were Braden Hickey, Devin Colligon, Nathan Blackburn and Aarion Johnson.
Other prospects who showcased their skills at Smokies Park included the following:
Justin Whitehead, Dylan Hawley (Rawlings Warriors)
Tucker Owen, Eli Arnold (TN 2 Seamerz)
Frankie Zahrobsky, Chase McBryar (Fury)
Will Nelms, Wyatt Collins (BC Athletics)
Tyler Harrold, Luke Grant, Coby Pinder (TN Speed)
Chase Hungate, Luke Francisco (Falcons)
Tyler Hall, Mason Bell (TN Stix)
Andrew Kribbs, Archer Wong, Emery Wright, Joey Leo (RBI Prospects)
The NET Elite fall schedule continues this coming weekend, October 7-8, with the Hickory Crawdads 15/16U Perfect Game 25 qualifier being played in Hickory, NC. The winning team will earn a berth in the 2018 PG25 national championship tourney, to be played next year in Fort Myers, FL.
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