2019 Academy World Series Day Three Recap
May 12, 2019
On May 10th-12th, 2019 at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, PBR Florida will host the First annual Academy World Series. This years event features eight academies from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. The event will feature a pair of pool play games followed by single elimination bracket-play until the first champion is crowned. Today we take a look at the recap from the Day 3 action.
IMG Performance- 10
P27 Academy- 0
In the first round of pool play at the Academy World Series, IMG Performance defeated P27 Academy 10-0 in 6 innings. Johns Hopkins commit, Kieren Collins threw 6 shutout innings, holding P27 to just 2 hits with 5 strikeouts. The tall, athletic Collins featured an 82-84 mph fastball and a sharp breaking curveball. 2021 Uncommitted Andrew Duval threw for P27. He threw 4 innings, giving up 4 earned runs with 3 strikeouts. The lanky lefty featured a 76-78 mph fastball, with a 63 mph curveball, and a 66 mph changeup. Earlham U commit, Benino Mendella led the way offensively for IMG with 4 hits on the day, falling a home run shy of the cycle. FAU commit, Kevin Karstetter had a fantastic game in the field making some ridiculous plays at short. 2019 Uncommitted Keijiro Fujiwara had a couple hits including a triple, and showed his quickness on the base paths and the outfield. For P27, Charleston Southern commit, Simms Owens continues to rake in this tournament collecting another hit.
MVP Academy- 10
Next Level Academy- 6
In the first round of pool play, MVP Academy defeated Next Level Academy behind an early onslaught. MVP took advantage of errors and wild pitches also collecting a few timely hits to put up ten runs in the first two innings of the game. In the bottom of the third, Morrquis Charles went down and connected with a slider for a two-run home run to right field. Diego Tamariz had the Next Level hitters off balance all game, striking out ten in 4.1 innings.
Pro5 Academy- 3
IMG Performance- 2
The second round of pool play at the Academy World Series saw Pro5 Academy defeat IMG Performance 3-2 in walk-off fashion. In the bottom of the 7th, UNC Wilmington commit, Ronald Evans knocked in the game winning run with a single to the right-center gap. Pro5’s starting pitcher, Charlotte commit, Tyler Driver came up with a stellar outing on the mound. The athletic right-hander threw 6 strong innings, allowing 2 runs while recording 9 strikeouts. Driver featured an 87-89 mph fastball with some arm-side run. He also showed an 83 mph slider with a 78-80 mph changeup. IMG sent out Tennessee commit, Corbin Morrison. Morrison did not have great command with his pitches and only lasted 2 ⅓ innings, walking 5 batters. NYU commit, Michael Santorum came in relief and helped settle things down for IMG. Offensively, Earlham U commit, Benino Mendella continued his scorching day for IMG. Mendella launched a solo homer to left in the 3rd inning. For Pro5, Charleston Southern commit, C.J. Martin showed off his defensive skills behind the plate. Martin threw out one runner trying to steal second and another on a back pick to first. Pro5 moves on to the championship game and will take on the winner of TNXL Academy and MVP Academy.
TNXL Academy- 4
MVP Academy- 2
In the second round of pool play, TNXL defeated MVP Academy 4-2. TNXL relied on strong pitching from their starter, UCF recruit Ben Chestnutt. He tossed six innings, allowing 1 earned one, five hits, and striking out nine. Chestnutt pounded the strike zone, throwing 69% of his pitches for strikes. He had exceptional command of his fastball and curveball. The fastball was coming in at 86-89 and his curveball was 72-73. In the third inning, Marcus Valle hit a two-run home run to right field. Hamilton Martinez came in relief of Chestnutt for the final three outs. He allowed two hits, one run, and struck out one to defeat MVP academy. His fastball sat 89-90 and featured a slider that was missing MVP barrels.
TNXL Academy- 2
Pro5 Academy- 1
Rain Shortened Game
The championship game featured TNXL Academy against Pro5 Academy from North Carolina. Unfortunately, the weather decided to play a role in how things went down. As agreed upon prior to the game, the game would count as final where it stood if any weather came into play. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first from a wild pitch, Kyle Larsen would hit a sacrifice fly in the second giving TNXL an early 2-0 lead. Pro5 would answer back in the second as a Leiner single would score Baker, but Pro5 would strand runners on second and third to end the inning. The weather came in the bottom of the third and the game was called a 2-1 win for TNXL Academy.
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