October 8 - The Northern Virginia-based Stars Showcase Baseball 17U Red and three other teams with players from the area advanced to this morning’s Round of 64 at the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship in Florida.
The Stars won their first two games before being shutout by Broward Baseball Academy 16U Gold, 5-0, yesterday in their final pool play game. Despite the loss, they claimed the tiebreaker to win their pool and as the No. 44 seed will meet Pennsylvania-based U.S. Elite 2019 National, the No. 21 seed, at 8 a.m.
Zach Agnos (Battlefield) paced the Stars in pool play, going 5-for-8 with a double and two RBI and pitching two scoreless innings without allowing a hit over his two outings. He was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in Friday’s 11-2 win over Team Louisiana. Lyle Miller-Green (Lake Braddock) and Jack Lamb (Woodbridge) earned the decision in the Stars’ two victories.
Also advancing to elimination play were the Maryland-based Diamond Skills Dodgers, the EvoShield Canes Gold 17U and Virginia Cardinals, each of whom roster players from Northern Virginia.
Left-hander Aiden Henning (Yorktown) tossed five shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out four in an 11-0 win over Pennsylvania’s MSI 2019 National, and Arlington resident Justin Reimer (St. John’s) went 4-for-8 with an RBI and two stolen bases as the Diamond Skills Dodgers went 2-0-1 and won their pool. The Dodgers are the No. 30 seed and will meet Wisconsin’s Hitters Baseball, the No. 35 seed, at 8 a.m.
The Canes earned a Wild Card after winning two of their three pool play games, and as the No. 49 seed will meet No. 19 seed Florida Burn ‘19 Platinum at 10:15 a.m. Left-hander Seth Richards (Oakton) took the loss after being reached for eight runs (five earned) over 2.1 innings in yesterday’s 9-6 setback to the Indiana Bulls. Outfielder Craig Miles, Jr. (Battlefield) doubled, homered and drove in two runs in the loss.
Michael Tolson (Stafford) drove in runs in two of the Cardinals’ three games, and the Central Virginia-based team earned a Wild Card after going 2-0-1 in pool play. They are the No. 54 seed and will meet No. 11 seed Rawlings National Scout Team at 10:15 a.m.
The first three rounds of elimination play are scheduled for today, with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game to be held tomorrow.
Photo of Zach Agnos courtesy of Stars Showcase Baseball