DBacks/Team BC, Ontario Blue Jays, Canada PG Gold in Jupiter
* Three Canadian teams — the Diamondbacks Team BC, the Ontario Blue Jays and Canada PG Gold — are competing at the 85-team Perfect Game World Wood Bat championships in Jupiter, Fla. Pro scouts and recruiters are on hand to evaluate the 1,700 players partaking in the 15th annual event ….
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DBacks Team BC wins tight one 3-2
10/27/2012 6:13:15 PM
The DBacks Team BC defeated the South Charlotte Panthers 3-1 on day 3 of the 2012 WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Fla. Leading the way for the DBacks was starting RHP/1B Max Karnos (2013, South Anchorage HS, Anchorage, AK) who threw four innings allowing one run (unearned) on five hits with two walks and fourstrikeouts. He had a quick arm with a smooth, online delivery and had his fastball up to 85 MPH.
Relievers LHP Connor Kenwood (2013, White Rock, BC) and RHP Connor Noble (2013,Vancouver, BC) then came on and preserved the victory with Noble earning the save. Kenwood threw a perfect 5th inning with a strikeout before giving way to Noble who threw the final two innings allowing no runs on 2 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Offensively, C Morgan Lofstrom (2013, Kelowna, BC) led the way going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. SS/3B and Oregon State Central Arizona CC commit Tyler O’Neill (2013, Maple Ridge, BC) finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He displayed a fluid stroke with excellent bat speed with good lift and extension in his swing.
For South Charlotte, starting RHP and East Carolina commit Philip Perry (2013, Concord, NC) threw four innings allowing three runs (1 ER) on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He displayed a smooth, balanced delivery with a nice, short arm action. Perry feautred a good 11/5 curveball and ran his fastball up to 87 MPH. Reliever LHP Nicholas Contafio (2013, Waxhaw, NC) then came on and threw 2 perfect innings with 1 strikeout.
3 Pitchers Combine on Shutout for Houston Heat
10/27/2012 4:01:23 PM
LHP John Henry Styles (2014, Episcopal HS, TX), LHP/OF Ty Ewart (2014, Porter HS, TX) and RHP Dakota Mills (2013, Dulles HS, TX) combined on a 5-hit shutout to lead the Houston Heat to a 2-0 win over Canada PG Gold Saturday afternoon.
Styles was especially effective, needing only 29 pitches in 3 innings of work, striking out 4 hitters. The southpaw topped out at 87 mph and showed the ability to throw both a curveball and a slider effectively. Ewart topped out at 85 mph while working 2 scoreless innings, while Mills pitched in the 86-88 mph range with some depth on his 71 mph curveball.
OF Steven Stuart (2013, Cy Falls HS, TX) scored both of the Heat runs, both times after initially reaching on a walk and stealing second base.
3B Connor Stevenson (2013, Keswick Ont.), who homered earlier in the tournament for Canada PG Gold, went 2-3.
Gangadeen sharp in Blue Jays’ come from behind win
10/27/2012 11:14:02 AM
The Ontario Blue Jays have defeated Perfect Game Vegas Gold 6-4, improving to 3-0 in pool play at the 2012 WWBA World Championships. Leading the way for the Blue Jays was relief LHP Andrew Gangadeen (2013, Brampton, Ont.) who threw 6 1/3 innings allowing no runs on just 3 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. He displayed a good, short arm action and hid the ball well while running his fastball up 82 MPH.
Offensively, OF Gareth Morgan (2014, North York, Ont.) led the way going 1 for 4 with a solo home run. He displayed a live bat with a fluid stroke, excellent bat speed, and a sound hitting approach. C Tyler Hardie (2013, Georgetown, Ont.) finished 2 for 2 with an RBI double and a walk. OF Josh Naylor (2015, Mississauga, Ont.) added a 2-run double in the come from behind win.
For PG Vegas Gold, OF/1B and University of New Mexico recruit Cody Bower (2013, St. Pius X HS, Albuquerque, NM) led the way going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
Blue Jays rally to beat Yankees 5-2
10/26/2012 12:53:47 PM
The Ontario Blue Jays scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to beat Texas Scout Team Yankees 5-2 on Friday. Daniel Pinero (2013, Toronto, Ont.) led the Blue Jays with two hits. He displayed a fluid stroke and good bat speed at the plate. In the field he showed a good first step and solid defensive tools.
RHP Blake Weston (2013, Oakville, Ont.) pitched five innings in relief for the Blue Jays, striking out five. He was around the plate with his pitches, throwing strikes at 81-84 mph. He was aggressive with his fastball and attacked hitters while mixing in a mid-70s changeup.
Texas Tech commit RHP Casey Meisner (2013, Cypress Woods HS, TX) started and pitched four innings for the Yankees, striking out five. The 6-foot-7, 185-pounder worked from a deceptive delivery and fired strikes at 86-89 mph. Meisner also mixed in several mid-70s curves and upper-70s changeups.
Scorpion pitchers combine for 1-hit shutout
10/25/2012 3:46:10 PM
The Orlando Scorpions Purple have defeated the DBacks Team BC 4-0 in 6 innings on the opening day of the 2012 WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Florida. Leading the way for the Scorpions were starting RHP and Florida State recruit Taylor Blatch (2013, Jensen Beach HS, Stuart, FL) and reliever RHP and Florida International recruit Cody Crouse (2013, Bloomingdale HS, Valrico, FL) who combined on a 1-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts.
Blatch threw the first 4 innings allowing no runs or hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. He had good command of his pitches and showed control on both sides of the plate. He displayed a smooth delivery with a good slider/changeup and ran his fastball up to 92 MPH. Crouse then came on and finished the job over the final 2 innings allowing no runs on 1 hit with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He featured a good 10/4 curveball and had good life on his fastball that hit 88 MPH on the radar gun.
Offensively, lead off man OF/RHP and University of Florida recruit Ryan Larson (2013, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, FL) led the way going 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. OF/RHP and University of Central Florida recruit Alan Archer (2013, West Orange HS, Winter Garden, FL) finished 1 for 2 with an RBI double and a run scored. RHP/SS and Florida State recruit MT Minacci (2013, North FLorida Christian HS, Tallahassee, FL) chipped in going 1 for 1 with a triple, a walk, and a run scored.
Sutton goes the distance in Canada PG win
10/25/2012 2:15:31 PM
Canada PG Gold has defeated the Ohio Warhawks 4-2 on the opening day of the 2012 WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Florida. Leading the way for Canada PG Gold was starting RHP Tyler Sutton (2013, Brampton, Ont.) who threw all 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He topped out at 81 mph and threw 106 pitches.
OF Matthew Blair-Brown (2014, Barrie, Ont.) opened the rally with a 2 out single and advanced on a single by SS Adam Rossit (2013, Stoney Creek, Ont.). C Austin Guzzo-Foliaro (2014, Brooklin, Ont.) followed with the third consecutive single to drive in 2 runs, then 3B Conner Stevenson (2013, Keswick, Ont.) delivered the big blow of the inning, a 2 run home run deep over the left centerfield fence.
For the Warhawks, RHP and Mississippi State commit Zachary Houston (2013, Poplarville HS, Poplarville, MS) was solid in his 2 1/3 innings of relief allowing no runs on just 1 hit with 0 walks and 3 strikeouts. He showed good armside run and the ability to sink his explosive fastball that reached 91 MPH on the radar gun.
RHP Hunter Hubbard (2013, Lakeside HS, Martinez, GA) was equally impressive over 2 innings of work allowing no runs on 1 hit with 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. He featured good command of his 12/6 curveball and ran his fastball up to 87 MPH.
RHP Trent Paddon (2013, Yorba Linda HS, CA) was cruising before the Canada rally, topping out at 90 mph on his fastball.
DBacks Team BC Wins First Exhibition Game
10/25/2012 9:44:49 AM
The DBacks Team BC is used to playing an exhibition game prior to the official start of the WWBA World Championships. Coach Doug Mathieson decided to go one step further this year, scheduling an additional contest against the Syracuse Zone Chiefs Thursday morning to go with his tradition “Battle of Canada” game against the Ontario Blue Jays. DBacks Team BC will actually play three games today, with an official pool play game against the Orlando Scorpions Purple scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon.
DBacks Team BC moved their “unofficial” record to 1-0 with a 12-7 victory over Syracuse in a game filled with extra base hits, including 6 doubles and 3 triples. Most importantly for both teams, the game was watched by generous number of college coaches.
DBacks RHP Daniel Koo (2013, Abbotsford, BC) was by far the most effective pitcher of any of the 8 hurlers on both sides who took the mound, working 3 shutout innings as the DBacks starter. Koo topped out at 82 mph on his fastball. Nine different DBack position players had hits, including 3B Liam Wilson (2013, Cambridge, Ont.), who went 2-3 with a double and a triple and a pair of RBIs.
SS Zach Kesterson (2015, Notre Dame HS, NY) stood out for Syracuse, going 3-3 with 3 Rbi’s with the bat and pitching an inning and topping out at 84 mph on his fastball.