IMG Classic Day 4 Notebook

Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

This past week, 16 teams from all over the country competed in the annual IMG Classic which brings in some of the top draft prospects and high-end underclassmen to one venue. Throughout the entire week, we covered not only some of the top Florida teams in attendance, but those out of state as well.

Below is the Championship game recap along with video and scout notes on some of the standouts from Day 4 of the IMG Classic:

The Bolles Bulldogs jumped on the Flanagan Falcons pitching staff right away as 2018 SS Austin Knight (Bolles HS, FL) drove a ball over the left-center field wall in the bottom of the first to give them a quick 2-0 lead. They would tack on another run to push their lead to 3-0, giving 2018 RHP Nathan Skinner (Bolles HS, FL) an early lead. Skinner shut down the lineup for the first four innings, allowing no runs to score and trusting his defense behind him to make the plays they needed.

2018 1B Paul Kuehn (Bolles HS, FL) continued to pour it on for the Bolles Bulldogs as he doubled off the left field wall in the bottom of the second, pushing their lead to 5-0. After Skinner shut down the Falcons lineup in the top of the third. 2018 IF Max Ferguson (Bolles HS, FL) stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third and ripped a line drive triple into the right-center field gap to push the lead to 7-0, then taking advantage of a misplay on the throw in, Ferguson scored to make it 8-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

The Flanagan Falcons would take advantage of a couple passed balls and sacrifice fly in the fifth and six innings to cut the deficit to 8-3, but 2019 OF Bryson Kirksey (Bolles HS, FL) quickly put any comeback to rest when he crushed a ball directly over the centerfield wall for a grand slam, pushing their lead back to 12-3.

The Falcons looked to make a comeback in the top of the 7th after back to back run scoring doubles by 2019 C Miguel Useche (Flanagan HS, FL) and 2019 3B Edinson Renteria (Flanagan HS, FL) to cut the lead to 12-6, but 2021 RHP Jackson Baumeister (Bolles HS, FL) would close things out for the Bulldogs and record the final out on a flyout to the shortstop. With the 12-7 victory, the Bolles Bulldogs were crowned the Week 1 IMG Classic champions.

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Blaze Alexander, SS/RHP, IMG Academy, FL (2018)

Ray Torres, C, IMG Academy, FL (2019)

Heston Tole, RHP, IMG Academy, FL (2020)

Javier Vaz, IF, Huntsville HS, AL (2018)

Nathan Skinner, RHP, Bolles HS, FL (2018)

Austin Knight, SS, Bolles HS, FL (2018)

Max Ferguson, IF, Bolles HS, FL (2018)

Jackson Baumeister, RHP, Bolles HS, FL (2021)

Edinson Renteria, 3B, Flanagan HS, FL (2019)


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