Travel Notebook: Balsis Leads Stars to Round of 32 at Perfect Game WWBA 15U Nationals


July 18 - Mason Balsis was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI as Marucci Stars Colangelo beat Tennessee’s Cross Hit Black, 7-2, to advance to the second day of bracket play at the Perfect Game 15U WWBA National Championship in Georgia. 

Bobby Fleming (Langley) struck out seven while scattering three hits and permitting one run over 5.1 innings to earn the win, and he was 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. Caelan Kim (Fairfax) added two hits for the Stars, who will play the No. 4 seed, Georgia’s Team Elite 15U Scout, today at 12:15 p.m. in the Round of 32. 

In other action, the EvoShield Canes North team featuring several local players beat Florida’s Cannons Baseball, 3-2, and will play the No. 6 seed, Georgia’s 5 Star National Dobbs, at 11:45 a.m. Two other Canes teams rostering area players, their National and Central teams, earned byes and will also play today. 

The Round of 16 and quarterfinals will be held later today, with the semifinals and championship game tomorrow. 

Savino Heads to Chicago for Monday’s Under Armour All-America Game

Nate Savino (Potomac Falls) continues his busy summer when he travels to Chicago this weekend to prepare for Monday’s Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. 

Savino, a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection who has committed to pitch at Virginia, will suit up for the 21-man National team at the annual showcase of some of the country’s top rising seniors. The left-hander has dominated Northern Virginia prep hitters over the past two seasons, totaling 180 strikeouts to 32 walks and compiling a 0.73 ERA in 86.1 innings. 

“Savino fills up the strike zone from the left side, working off of a live fastball that regularly touches the mid-90s,” a scouting report for the All-America Game reads. “The combination of big velocity and the ease with which he does it allows him to throw his fastball by hitters on a consistent basis. Add in a quality breaking ball and change and you have the top [left-handed pitching] prospect in the class.”

Savino, who plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program, will travel to Los Angeles next month for the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. Monday’s All-America Game will be broadcast on the MLB Network at 3 p.m.

Diamond Elite’s Walsh Shines at 15U WWBA National Championship

Michael Walsh (Riverside) had a big week at the plate and on the mound as his Diamond Elite team went 4-2-1 in pool play at the Perfect Game 15U WWBA National Championship. 

Walsh, a left-handed pitcher and left-handed swinging outfielder, was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA over 10.1 innings in two starts while hitting .429 (6-for-14) with a .652 on-base percentage, drawing eight walks and driving in three runs. 

Diamond Elite was in contention to advance to bracket play yesterday before falling, 4-2, to the eventual pool winner, Colorado’s Slammers Baseball Asnicar. Declan McCann (Dominion) was the team’s top offensive threat at the tournament, hitting .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, a triple and five RBI. 

Eldridge, LeClair, Poole Get Invites to Perfect Game 14U National Showcase

Three Northern Virginia residents have been invited to participate in the Perfect Game 14U National Showcase in Fort Myers, FL, next month. 

The three players, right-hander Bryce Eldridge (Madison), left-hander Marcus LeClair (Gonzaga) and outfielder A.J. Poole (Landon), are among the 260 that advanced through regional showcases and will take the field from Aug. 2-4 at JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox. Eldridge and LeClair both play for the Marucci Stars, and Poole plays with the Richmond Braves. 

“For a lot of these players, the 14U regional showcases are their first exposure in a showcase setting and it helps set a baseline for the next couple years of their career in terms of monitoring their progression,” said Jheremy Brown, Perfect Game’s national crosschecker, in a release on their website. “Like other sports, recruiting in baseball has started younger and younger.”

Following the National Showcase, 44 players will be invited to attend Perfect Game’s 14U Select Baseball Festival at the end of August in Fort Myers. 

Sponsor: The magazine’s Travel Notebook is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League. For more information on the NVTBL, visit its website at www.nvtblbaseball.org.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Mason Balsis by Bethany Balsis, Nate Savino courtesy of PDP League, and Bryce Eldridge courtesy of NVTBL