Recap of District XI Championships

By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

class a: tri-valley 4, williams valley 2

The first championship match-up in District XI was held off-site earlier in the day. Williams Valley scored both their runs in the top of the first, only to see Tri-Valley score four unanswered in the fifth and sixth. Tri-Valley 2015 RHP Hunter Bordner struck out 10 in a complete game effort for the victorious Bulldogs.

class aaa: tamaqua 4, southern lehigh 3

Matt Roberts2014 DH Matt Roberts reached base in all four plate appearances (3-3, BB, R, RBI) and the Blue Raiders took advantage of a couple Spartan miscues to emerge victorious and move on to the state tournament.

Top Prospect - Brett Kosciolek, 2015 RHP/1B, Tamaqua

Listed at 6-foot-6, 181-pounds on the roster, Kosciolek has a desirable pitcher's frame. He has a long arm action with a hook in back that is a tad stiff. Kosciokek struggled with his command on this day, but showed very good velo for a sophomore. He featured a slow CB as his primary secondary pitch.

Other Names to Know:

Bo Rottet, 2015 IF, Tamaqua - Not very big (5-foot-9, 142-pounds), but took some good swings. Solid actions and arm strength.

Matt Minchoff, 2016 OF, Tamaqua - Tall, lanky (6-foot, 170-pounds) left-handed hitter. Picked up an RBI 1B as a pinch hitter.

class aa: salisbury township 9, notre dame (green pond) 4

Three crooked numbers in the middle innings led Salisbury Township to their fourth win over NDGP this spring and another berth in the state finals.

Top Prospect - Justin Aungst, 2014 RHP/IF, Salisbury Township

Aungst's delivery is simple and incorporates an overhead rocker in the wind-up. He will need to work downhill and down in the zone better, but his clean arm action and solid present velocity make him a prospect to closely follow.

Other Names to Know:

Nicolas Ampietro, 2014 RHP/IF, Salisbury Township - Not very big (5-foot-8, 155-pounds), but his quick arm generates enough velo to be plenty effective when accompanied by his solid slider with late cut action. He will need to work on controlling the running game, and like his teammate, work down in the zone more consistently.

Kyle Buchman, 2014 OF, Notre Dame (Green Pond) - The left-handed hitter isn't blessed with tremendous bat speed, but he showed a knack for finding the barrel. He went 3-for-4, with a double and four RBI on a day in which his hardest hit ball was his only out (a laser right at the third baseman).

Evan Kulig, 2016 IF, Salisbury Township - This youngster showed well on the big stage, going 2-for-4 with a solid stroke and showing some bat speed. He also exhibited good actions and a loose arm action in the field.

Eric Santiago, 2016 IF, Notre Dame (Green Pond) - Another freshman to follow, Santiago moves well and possesses very good arm strength for his age. He was inconsistent offensively, but his hands worked well on a single to left-center his third at-bat.

class aaaa: parkland 5, whitehall 2

The Trojans tallied runs in each of the first three innings and survived a late scare to punch their ticket to the state tournament. With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, 2015 IF Jacob Meyers lined a base hit to right field. The runner from second saw the stop sign from the third base coach, but the runner from first did not. A rundown ensued between third and home, with the game ending on the runner being called out (and ejected) for crashing into the catcher.

Top Prospect - Chris Rabasco, 2015 IF/RHP, Parkland

Rabasco did not pitch in this game, but that may be where his biggest upside lies. He shows plus arm strength when he winds up and chucks the ball across the diamond. In the field, he appeared more comfortable making plays on the move (in particular, coming in on slow rollers) than with his feet underneath him. At the dish, he has some strength, but also some length in his swing.

Other Names to Know:

HigginsRyan Bonshak, 2014 C, Whitehall - Agile and athletic behind the plate, Bonshak receives well and his throws have carry. At the plate, he starts slightly open, incorporates a simple stride and has solid wheels (4.34 home-to-1B).

Connor Higgins, 2015 LHP, Parkland - The baby-faced Higgins' body (6-foot-3, 200-pounds) and present arm strength demand attention. Used sparingly during the regular season behind three upper classmen, Higgins' command came and went (3 BB, 4 K) and his velo dropped off after his first inning. By no means a finished product, he used exactly zero off-speed pitches in 2.2 IP.