No 5 Providence Dominates, No 25 Creekside v Atlantic Coast Puts Young Talent on Display


Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

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In the first game of the day, we would see the No 5 team in the Power25 Providence High School. Providence would dominate the game over Duval Charter, winning 11-6. Tyler Callihan, a 2019 South Carolina recruit ranked No 23 overall in the updated 2019 rankings as a hitter, started on the mound for the Stallions. Callihan showed his hitting ability in the first, driving a line drive single back up the middle, then impressingly, struck out the side in the bottom half. He worked 90-91 and showed a hard 72-75 mph slider. Callihan would go two innings, striking out five of the six hitter he faced, reiring all six as Providence would jump out to an early 9-0 lead.  2019 Florida recruit Nathan Hickey would replace Callihan, going two innings, but the offense was the story before the majority of the starting lineup was removed in the fourth.

The Stallions lineup is strong from top to bottom. Led by 2018 FSU recruit Alec Sanchez, Tyler Callihan and Nathan Hickey, who would all record at least one hit, it was an uncommitted 2019 Josh Gray who stood out. Going 3-3 before the fifth inning, Gray has a long lanky frame with present leverage in his left-handed swing. Providence would replace the majority of the starters in the fifth and we would head down to catch game two on the evening.

 

In game two, No 25 Creekside was taking on Atlantic Coast at Atlantic Coast High School. Creekside took advantage of a few error to take the early lead. Creekside’s offense is led by 2019 USF recruit Daniel Cantu. The long, lean, athletic left-handed hitting shortstop was pitched around most of the evening, but showed his above average bat speed and offensive potential on some aggressive swings during the game. The Knights also have a pair of uncommitted 2020s at the top of the order to watch out for in the future.  Connor Hults is an athletic, lanky left-handed hitting outfielder and Josh Frisbee is a twitchy, athletic second baseman.

 

Atlantic Coast’s own young talent hitting in the middle of the order made an impression before the game was suspended due to weather. 2020 Robert Macklin stands out physically as he has a large, strong frame. There is some length in the swing as he struck out in his first at-bat. Although, you can see the bat speed and strength and those came through in the fourth with a bases loaded single to give Atlantic Coast the 4-3 lead. Overall, both teams have a quality core of young talent to follow going forward.