Looking Back on the State Finals

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The high school baseball season came to a conclusion on June 15 with four state championship games being contested in one day at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University. 

Prep Baseball Report was in attendance for all four games and was impressed with the performance of a number of underclassmen that had solid performances.

For a complete look at scouting notes including velocities from all four games be sure to check out the Pennsylvania Scouting Blog.

State finals: Top underclassmen performances

RHP/SS Cole Peterson, Johnsonburg HS, Class of 2014

Peterson spun a complete game shutout in leading Johnsonburg to a 5-0 win for the Class A title. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound righty incorporated an overhead rocker in his windup and sat 83-84 throughout the game. Peterson also commanded a 74 mph 11/5 breaking curveball and a 71 mph changeup during the course of his complete game three hitter.

1B Connor Route, Canton HS, Class of 2014

Route is a solidly built 5-foot-9, 200-pound 1B. Hitting out of the 3-hole, Route showcased a short stroke and barreled the baseball in all three at bats.

2B Trevor Route, Canton HS, Class of 2015

The younger brother of Connor, Trevor showcased a steady glove at 2B and the ability to stay inside the baseball offensively. Route went 2-for-2 in the title game and used the middle of the field very well.

3B/RHP Carson Fries, West York HS, Class of 2014

Fries is a 5-foot-11, 210-pound prospect that went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the Class AAA title game. Fries showed good feet and a strong arm across the diamond from 3B prior to moving to the mound in the 6th inning. Fries sat 81-84 from a high 3/4 arm slot over the final two innings to pick up the save, striking out four without yielding a hit. He also commanded a 67 mph 11/5 breaking curveball.

RHP Kyle Datres, Loyalsock Township, Class of 2015

Datres showed why he is ranked No. 1 in PA and No. 8 in the PBR combined rankings for the Class of 2015. The 6-foot, 175-pound righty tossed a complete game sitting 84-87 while also displaying a 76 mph 11/5 breaking curveball and a 76 mph changeup. Datres doubled to the base of the right field wall in the 2nd inning showing his two-way abilities.

OF Jimmy Webb, Loyalsock Township, Class of 2015

Webb drove in a run with a double in the 3rd inning of the Class AA title game giving those in attendance an opportunity to get a glimpse of his 6.5 60-yard dash speed. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound OF finished the day 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.

3B Tommy Baggett, Loyalsock Township, Class of 2015

Baggett is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound 3B/1B whose stock continues to rise. Baggett drove in two runs in the title game with a sacrifice fly and a single. His intentional walk in the bottom of the 7th inning set up the walk-off single by Bailey Young one batter later to give Loyalsock the championship. Baggett was just added to the Team Pennsylvania roster for the Midwest Future Games as of yesterday.

1B Luke Glavin, Loyalsock Township, Class of 2015

Glavin, the first of Loyalsock's talented sophomores to make a college commitment (Duke), delivered a single to drive in the game's first run in the 2nd inning. Glavin will play for Team Pennsylvania at the Midwest Future Games in August on the campus of Indiana University.

SS Chris Kersey, North Penn HS, Class of 2014

Kersey put on a hitting clinic out of the cleanup spot. The junior middle infielder went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to help lead North Penn to the Class AAAA title in extra innings.

NadeauOF Mason Nadeau, North Penn HS, Class of 2016

The left-handed hitting OF with plus speed displayed a glimpse of the talent that has him ranked No. 5 in the PA Class of 2016. An every day starter as a freshman for the Class AAAAA state champions, Nadeau ran a 4.05 home-to-first on an infield ground out and doubled in his next at bat.

SS/RHP Kaylor Kulina, Lower Dauphin HS, Class of 2014

Kulina showed his two-way abilities with two hits and two RBI while also throwing well in relief. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound righty sat 80-82 out of a high 3/4 arm slot in three innings of relief work.

Stafford Jr.C Deon Stafford Jr., Lower Dauphin HS, Class of 2014

Stafford Jr., ranked No. 29 in the PA Class of 2014, had two hits and two RBI prior to being intentionally waked in the 7th inning. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound backstop showcased solid receiving and blocking skills and between inning pop times of 1.95-2.03.

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