Sat July 7, 2012
The 2012 WWBA 17u National Championships got under way yesterday and a number of Pennsylvania players have had outstanding performances thus far.
Billy Nelson (North Pocono) of the Moosic Mets was dominant against the Midwest Pelicans. Nelson, the No. 46 ranked player in the PBR Pennsylvania Class of 2013 rankings, struck out 17 batters and no-hit the Pelicans in an 8-0 win. Nelson went all seven innings topping out at 85mph. Nelson also drove in two runs at the plate.
Billy Greenfield (Radnor), the No. 40 ranked player in the PBR Pennsylvania Class of 2013 rankings, pitched four innings of solid baseball in defeat giving up one earned run. Greenfield did not walk a batter and struck out four. His fastball ranged from 78-82 and peaked at 84 mph.
The Evoshield Canes M-A 2013's were able to hold on to beat So Call NTT 4-3. Evoshield got two hits from James Madison commit Logan Corrigan (Bethel Park). Corrigan is the No. 23 ranked player in the BR Pennsylvania Class of 2013 rankings.
RHP Tom Mullin (St. Joseph's Prep) helped the Philly Bandits start off the tournament in the right direction, allowing only 1 run off 3 hits. Mullin, the No. 38 ranked player in the PBR Pennsylvania Class of 2013 rankings, saw his fastball top out at 84 mph and averaged between 81-83 mph. Jim Haley (Monsegnor Bonner), Class of 2013, and Josh Ockimey (Neumann Goretti), Class of 2014, combined for 4 hits, 2 doubles, 2 stolen bases and 2 RBI's while scoring 2 more runs for the Bandits. Ockimey will represent Team Pennsylvania at the Under Armour Midwest Future Games in August. Adam Seibert (Episcopal Academy), Class of 2014, was perfect from the plate on the day for the Bandits, going 2-2 with 1 double and 1 stolen base. Seibert also drove in 3 RBI's and scored 1 run. Seibert is the No. 20 ranked player in the PBR Pennsylvania Class of 2014 rankings.
Logan Corrigan also had a big game for the Evoshield Canes M-A 2013's team in its 3-1 win over the Tennessee Baseball Club. Corrigan lined a double in the top of the fourth that cleared the bases driving in three runs. Shutting Tennessee Baseball Club down for only two hits and one run was Zac Burke (Penn Manor). Burke, the No. 10 ranked player in the PBR Pennsylvania Class of 2013 rankings went seven innings allowing no earned runs. Burke struck out nine batters in the game.