Scouting Notes: Berks League Action

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

@25 Governor Mifflin at Exeter Township (April 17)

BortzUnsigned senior RHP Ben Bortz took matters into his own hands and for the 2nd time this season he shut down #25 Governor Mifflin's offense on one run in a 7-1 Exeter Township win. The Eagles jumped on GM for four runs in the 1st and cruised behind Bortz the rest of the way.

1B Scot Galbraith (single), OF Andrew Hertzog (double) and DH Dylan Richards (single) had two-out hits to stake the Eagles to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Exeter takes over 1st place in the Berks League Division 1 standings at 4-1 and 6-3 overall. GM drops to 2nd place with the loss at 4-2 in league play and 10-3 overall.

+ Bortz sat 80-84 out of a high 3/4 arm slot. He displayed a 74-76 11/5 breaking curveball and a cutter that sat 77-79. Bortz went deep into many counts and struggled with control of the changeup, but displayed a bulldog mentality working out of numerous jams.

+ Catcher Derian Sarlat displayed athleticism and solid receiving skills behind the plate. At the plate he used the middle of the field well squaring the baseball consistently for two singles and a line drive to CF in his first three plate appearances.

+ Governor Mifflin SS Doug McFarland showed soft hands and a quick release across the infield. While his arm strength doesn't blow you away, his clean exchange and fluid actions allow him to make all the plays. 

Wilson West lawn at Reading (April 17)

BainbridgeThree hours later on the opposite side of town, Reading made the Berks County Division 1 race even more interesting. Facing Wilson LHP Adam Bainbridge, Reading did just enough to scratch out a 2-1 lead when Bainbridge left after four innings due to a pitch count. The Red Knights then erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a one-run game. Wilson added a run in the 7th for the 8-2 final.

+ Bainbridge, an ODU recruit, had not made a high school start in two years. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect had labrum surgery during the middle of the 2012 high school season. His first start showed a glimpse of why Bainbridge was still a DI recruit heading into his senior season. He sat 81-84 in his four innings of work out of a high 3/4 arm slot. He gave up a solid single to the first hitter he faced and an infield single in the fourth. Sandwiched in between he struck out five and showed a 73 mph 12/6 curveball. Possibly his most impressive pitch of the evening was his changeup that sat 73-74 and was thrown at fastball arm speed with regularity.

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