Week #2 in Top Tier Baseball

By: Cody Smith
Top Tier Reporter

Week #2 in Top Tier Baseball

Top Tier Tournaments Recap: All 15u, 16u, 17u, and 18u teams

 15u Americans, Midwest Prospect League 

The 15u Americans were one of the many Top Tier teams to travel to Westfield, Indiana this past weekend in hopes to impress college scouts. In scorching heat throughout the weekend, the 15u Americans were able to do what no other Top Tier team could, go undefeated. The Americans went an impressive 5-0 against some of the premiere travel teams of the Midwest. Teams they beat included: Evoshield Canes, Wisconsin Hitters, Knights baseball, Ironmen Prime, and Action Baseball from Texas. In their bracket alone, the Americans gave up the least amount of runs (17) while producing the most runs scored (35). Vytas Vylicius had a weekend both at the plate and on the mound. He went 7-13 (.538) with two home runs and four RBI’s as well as a win on the bump. Valincius pitched four innings with four strikeouts while giving up two earned runs in a 10-4 victory over the Ironmen Prime. Outfielder Lucas Spence also had a good weekend at the plate, going 5-10 (.500) while producing three RBI’s while also playing elite defense in center field.

15u Nationals, All Prospect Elite Tournament

The 15u Nationals were the only team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play in front of many scouts up North. In pool play, the team went 3-1 which should have put them in the Gold (winners) Bracket. But after two of the teams in their bracket got canceled due to rain, the tournament organizers were forced to count only the first three games of pool play putting the 15u Nationals in the silver bracket. Otherwise, if they counted all the pool play games, the 15u Nationals would have been played in the playoffs as the #8 seed. After their poor luck in bracket seeding the team lost their first bracket play game, putting them at 3-2 on the weekend. Two standout performers that helped put the team in position to win were catcher, Danny Nuccio and outfielder, Caleb Tharpe. Nuccio finished off the weekend going 6-10 (.600) with two doubles and 5 RBI’s and a HBP. Tharpe believe or not had an even more impressive weekend then Nuccio, going 8-12 (.667) including a double with an RBI and 4 walks.

15u Nationals-Navy, Great Lakes Elite Tournament 

The 15u Nationals-Navy were kept local in Evanston, IL as they looked to get more comfortable playing in their third tournament of the summer season. The team had an unexpected weekend, going 1-3 compared to their 3-0-1 finish the previous weekend. Their lone win came from a great pitching performance by Nate Tirone. He pitched an incredible game against the White Sox Ace, throwing four innings, giving up only four hits and one earned run with three strikeouts. The team won that game, 4-1. Another player that turned coach Turnquist head was Frank Magnelli. He went 4-11(.363) with a double and an RBI.

15u North, Midwest Prospect League

The 15u North went along with all the American teams down to Westfield, Indiana in hopes to show their worth as one of the premiere Tier teams. They went 3-2, including two games in which they mercy-ruled their opponents 12-2 against both the GRB Rays and Ohio Elite. Even with finishing 3-2, due to their tough opponents, the team came out on top in their respective bracket, finishing with the most runs scored (36). Charlie Brodell had an impressive weekend on the mound, coming in relief against the Indiana Bulls-White in which he pitched four innings while giving up 0 runs and picking up the win, 10-6. Additionally, Nicky Giamarusti had a nice 2 RBI triple against the Ohio Elite which helped them secure the win.

16u Americans, Midwest Prospect League

The 16u Americans looked to improve on their undefeated record coming into Indiana, winning their first two games to put them at an impressive 10-0 on the season. Following that, they dropped their first game of the season to the Wisconsin Hitters, 7-4 in the sixth inning due to a two-hour time limit. Then, in the marquee matchup of the weekend, the 16u Americans lost an intense game against the Top Tier Roos from Florida, 4-1. Overall they finished the weekend 2-2-1 putting them at 10-2-1 on the season. Aiden Stewart was a standout performer for the weekend, slashing .429/.556/.857 as well as throwing one inning of work and striking out 2. Dylan Whitney also had himself a nice weekend at the plate slashing .444/.545/.444 to go along with 4 RBI.

16u Nationals, Cincy Flames Tournament of Champions

The 16u Nationals went to Cincinnati, Ohio in hopes to build of their 4-1 start last weekend where they made it all the way to the championship game. This weekend would prove to be more challenging as the 16u team was playing up in a 17u event. They wound up 0-4 with multiple games coming down to the final two innings. Two pitchers that competed well were Tommy Shaw and Billy Le Petre. Shaw pitched a hell of a game in an 8-4 loss to the Wisconsin PBA Gold. He threw five innings while giving up seven hits with three earned runs. Le Petre also had a nice game on the bump pitching 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and two earned runs in a loss to Boston Training Academy.

16u Nationals-Navy, Super Regional Tournament

The 16u Nationals-Navy stayed local in Crystal Lake, IL in hopes to beat up on some Midwest teams. After starting 0-2 the team rallied to finish the weekend 2-3 while making it to the silver bracket championship. The team lost in walk-off fashion to the Midwest Havoc, 6-5. Due to the hitting of Matt Kaleta and Myles Derbigny, the team was able to turn their weekend around quickly. Derbigny went 5-13 (.385) with 6 RBI’s while Kaleta went 7-11 (.636) with 7 RBI’s and 5 runs scored.

17u Americans, Midwest Prospect League

The 17u Americans had an up and down weekend going 3-2 in Westfield, Indiana. After missing some players due to a MLB PDP prospect event, the Americans dropped their first game to the Wisconsin Hitters. After that, the team finished the weekend .500 going 2-2 in their last four games. Catcher Casey Kmet, in just four games, produced five doubles and two triples. Additionally, freshman and LSU commit, Ian Moller had two doubles and a triple while playing up in three games.

17u Nationals, Cincy Flames Tournament of Champions

The 17u Nationals made a run down in Cincinnati, Ohio as they made it out of pool play to compete in the Gold Bracket. The team finished the weekend going 3-3 while winning their first game of the playoffs against Rhino Baseball,12-9. Pitcher Max Engstrom threw five and two-third innings while giving up one run on two hits with striking out eleven batters. The team eventually fell to the Dayton Classics in the second playoff game.

17u Nationals-Navy, Irish Elite Tournament

The 17u Nationals-Navy went to South Bend, Indiana to play at Frank Eck Stadium at Notre Dame University. The team went 2-2 putting themselves in the consolation bracket where they were set to face the South Field Cardinals who were 3-0. The Nationals-Navy went on to beat the Cardinals 10-6 before ending their weekend with a loss in the next playoff game. One player who turned coach Heaney’s head was catcher and pitcher Jake McKendry. On the mound he pitched a complete game giving up just three hits and five strikeouts. At the plate he went 4-10 (.400) with 4 RBI’s.

18u Americans, Irish Elite Tournament

The 18u Americans also traveled to South Bend, Indiana to play at Frank Eck Stadium. They went 3-1 in pool play before they beat the 18u Hoffman Top Tier team, 7-5. Nolan Graf pitched a six inning scoreless game in the win against the Elite A’s, 10-9. But then they would go on to lose in the quarterfinals, 11-6. Dakota Kotowski had a legendary performance at the plate, hitting three home runs including one of which that left the field quicker than the eye could see.

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