By Bob Elliott
Cannadian Baseball Network
Three Canadian teams competed in the Perfect Game West Martin Luther King West Upperclass championship at Phoenix, Az.
And no less than 13 Canuck players were named to the MLK West All Tournament Team at Camelback Ranch, spring home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.
Doug Mathieson and Jamie Bodaly took their Dbacks Langley Blaze team, Marty Lehn-coached Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team from BC and Morgan Reiter’s Inside Pitch Academy from Regina.
RHPs Tate Dearing (Surrey, BC) and Brett Jackson (Abbotsford BC) both of Dbacks Langley Blaze impressed the most. Dearing has signed a letter of intent to Polk State, while Jackson is bound for Young Harris College.
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The Dbacks Langley Blaze opened with a 3-1 win over Team Northwest as Taisei Yahiro (Abbotsford, BC), Carter Harbut (Abbotsford, BC), Dawson Hurford (Victoria, BC) and Jared Anderson (Victoria, BC) combined on a three hitter.
Yahiro pitched 2 2/3 scoreless allowing one hit and striking out six topping out at 83 MPH. Harbut then put up three zeros allowing a hit and fanning four as his fastball was clocked at 84 MPH. Hurford pitched 2/3 of on an inning allowing an unearned run. Anderson, who registered 82 MPH, recorded the final two outs.
C Spencer Todd (Windsor, Ont.) doubled and knocked in a run, while DH Brandon Nicoll (Langley, BC) also doubled. 1B Joshua Marchese (Burnaby, BC) and RF Daniel Martin (Langley, BC) each singled.
The Dbacks went to 2-0 with a 9-7 victory against the Minnesota Millers Varsity. SS Josh Walker (Victoria, BC) had three hits including a double, while CF Jayden Knight (Langley, BC) and SS Ryan Dauphinee (Surrey, BC) each had a pair of hits each. The other knocks went to Marchese and Nicoll.
Starter Nick Graham (Abbotsford, BC) picked up the win pitching two innings and allowing four runs -- one earned -- on three hits and five walks. He was clocked at 85 MPH. Brett Jackson (Abbotsford, BC) was next out of the shoot pitching 2 2/3 innings giving up three runs -- one earned. Clocked at 89 MPH, he fanned five. Josh Laukkanen (Nanaimo, BC) finished up with 2 1/3 scoreless allowing one hit.
Langley fell 4-3 to eXposure West in Game 3. Tate Dearing (Surrey, BC) pitched four scoreless allowing two hits and fanning seven as his fastball was clocked at 90 MPH. Jared Anderson (Victoria, BC) was next giving up four runs -- three earned -- and striking out two. Joshua Marchese worked a scoreless seventh despite walking three.
RF Daniel Martin (Langley, BC) singled and drove in a run, while CF Jayden Knight (Langley, BC), 3B Damiono Palmegiani (Surrey, BC), C Spencer Todd (Windsor, Ont.) and Marchese had the other hits.
The Blaze dropped its final game 6-1 to the San Diego Show 17u. Palmegiani, Nicoll and Martin each had a base hit.
Brayden Baker (Courtenay, BC) started and worked three scoreless allowing four base runners -- one hit, three walks -- while striking out a pair. Hurford allowed five runs on three hit and two walks, while Yahiro pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up one hit and fanning four.
The DBacks were 2-2 to finish third in pool E.
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The BC-based Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team battled the Stars N’ Spikes to a 6-6 tie.
Next the Brewers fought Sticks Baseball Academy to a 4-4 tie allowing two runs in the top of the seventh and rallying for one in the bottom of the seventh for the tie. This was all despite the Brewers managing one hit -- a single by Daniel Gernon (Surrey, BC).
Melvin Lorenzo (Calgary, Alta.) pitched an inning allowing one run, Max Poole (Fort McMurray, Alta.) had a scoreless inning, hitting 82 MPH. Quinn Tassie (Fort McMurray, Alta.) finished up allowing two runs -- one earned.
3B Thomas Green (Courtenay, BC) tripled and doubled, while Fredrick (Gage) Brebant (Fort McMurray, Alta.) had two hits, knocking in two runs in a 6-1 win against Arizona Future Stars Royal. 2B Jon Klassen (White Rock, BC), Jackson Hogg (Surrey, BC) and Mark Chappelle (Fort McMurray, Alta.) had the other hits.
Cam Dunn (Surrey, BC) pitched two innings allowing one run and striking out two. Tyson McInnes (Surrey, BC) pitched three innings allowing one hit as he was clocked at 85 MPH.
LF Ayden Makarus (Airdrie, Alta.), Chapelle and Poole were the only Brewers to collect hits as they dropped their first decision a 6-2 loss to Minnesota Blizzard Elite Blue 2018.
Jacob Chavarria pitched two innings for the Brewers allowing one run and hitting 84 MPH. Poole worked 2 1/3 scoreless striking out three and Ewen Hall (Surrey, BC) finished up allowing two runs.
In the finale the Brewers lost 3-0 to San Diego Show 17u, as Dylan Edmands (Regina, Sask.) managed the only hit.
The Brewers finished 1-2-2 for third place in Pool C.
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Inside Pitch Baseball Academy lost its opener 2-0 to North East Academy managing hits by 3B Cole Van Every (West Kelowna, BC) had a base hit. Jay Taylor (Kelowna, BC) allowed one run in two innings.
2B Aden Merk (Regina, Sask.), 3B Keaton Meier (West Kelowna, BC) and C Brandon Logan (Regina, Sask.) had the four hits for IPA in a 9-3 loss to the Illinois Indians. Cole Van Every gave up five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and three walks. Riley Schick (Lumsden, Sask.) pitched three innings giving up four runs -- two earned as he fanned three.
Inside Pitch’s LF Tyren Dorrance (Alameda, Sask.), Meier, Logan and Van Every each had hits as the Baseball Academy lost 12-3 to the Minnesota Icemen. Garrett Houston (Melville, Sask.) had a scoreless outing.
And in the finale IPA lost 10-4 to GBG NW Marucci as LF Merk doubled in a pair of runs and Schick doubled. Jay Taylor (Kelowna, BC) pitched a scoreless inning. Van Every allowed three runs in one inning.
Inside Pitch finished 0-4.
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Dbacks Langley Blaze Tate Dearing RHP R 90 2018 Earl Marriott Surrey BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Brett Jackson RHP R 89 2018 Yale Secondary Abbotsford BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Nick Graham RHP R 85 2018 Yale Secondary Abbotsford BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Josh Laukkanen RHP R 85 2018 Nanaimo Nanaimo BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Taisei Yahiro LHP L 85 2018 Yale Secondary Abbotsford, BC Toyonaka JPN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Carter Harbut RHP R 84 2018 Yale Secondary Abbotsford BC
Dbacks Langley Blaze Joshua Marchese 1B L 84 2018 Saint Thomas More Collegiate Burnaby BC CAN
Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team Cam Dunn RHP R 83 2018 Langley Secondary School Surrey BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Jared Anderson RHP R 82 2018 Lambrick Park Academy Victoria BC CAN
Dbacks Langley Blaze Dawson Hurford RHP R 80 2018 Langley Secondary School Victoria BC
Dbacks Langley Blaze Brayden Baker LHP L 79 2018 Mark R Isfeld Secondary Courtenay BC CAN
Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team Melvin Lorenzo SS R 79 2019 Foothills Composite Calgary AB CAN
All Tournament Hitters
Players Team No. Grad City Prov PA AB AVG 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB OBP OPS
Fredrick (Gage) Brebant Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team 2018 Fort McMurray AB 10 8 .375 3 0 0 0 3 1 .500 .875
Mark Chappelle Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team 2018 Fort McMurray Alta. 13 9 .444 4 0 0 0 1 1 .615 1.060
Thomas Green Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team 2018 Courtenay BC 14 9 .333 1 1 1 0 0 1 .571 1.238
Brandon Nicoll Dbacks Langley Blaze 2019 Langley BC 10 10 .300 2 1 0 0 1 0 .300 .700
Josh Walker Dbacks Langley Blaze 2018 Victoria BC 5 4 .750 2 1 0 0 0 1 .800 1.800
All Tournament Pitchers
Players Team No. Grad City Prov W L ERA IP H K BB ER WHIP
Brayden Baker Dbacks Langley Blaze 2018 Courtenay BC 0 1 0.00 3.0 1 2 3 0 1.333
Tate Dearing Dbacks Langley Blaze 2018 Surrey BC 0 0 0.00 4.0 2 7 2 0 1.000
Carter Harbut Dbacks Langley Blaze 2018 Abbotsford BC 0 0 0.00 3.0 1 4 1 0 .667
Taisei Yahiro Dbacks Langley Blaze 2018 Abbotsford BC 0 0 1.40 5.0 3 10 3 1 1.200
Jay Taylor Inside Pitch Baseball Academy 2018 Kelowna BC 0 0 2.30 3.0 3 3 1 1 1.333
Tyson McInnes Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team 2018 Surrey BC 0 0 0.00 4.2 4 5 2 0 1.286
Max Poole Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team 2018 Fort McMurray AB 0 0 0.00 3.1 3 3 0 0 .900
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Tate Dearing RHP Dbacks Langley Blaze Surrey BC Polk State
Brett Jackson RHP Dbacks Langley Blaze Abbotsford BC Young Harris College