Prep Baseball Report

Team Georgia Game 1 Recap

Phil Kerber
PBR Georiga

The marquee matchup of Thursday evening’s Future Games pitted Team Georgia against Team Carolina. Loaded with offensive firepower from top to bottom with the likes Dylan Lesko (Buford), Jared Jones (Walton), Harry Ford (North Cobb) and more, Team Georgia was largely held in check as they dropped the game 9-2.

Team Georgia sent three pitchers to the mound in Game 1 with 2021 RHP Hagan Banks (Calhoun). The long, lanky 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed pitcher has a ton of upside in his frame and is just beginning to tap into it.  Banks works with a longer arm action and some stab on the back-side, accelerates with quick arm speed to a ¾ slot. Touching 89 mph, his fastball played mostly at 85-88 (2000-2200 rpm).

One of the few offensive highlights for Team Georgia came early on in the game courtesy of 2021 C/OF Hunner Lawrence (Strong Rock Christian) as he elevated an outside fastball off the right field wall for an easy standup triple. At 6-foot, 190-pounds Lawrence has strength throughout his frame while sacrificing little to none of his athleticism (6.92 runner at Wednesday’s workout). Lawrence takes a power approach at the plate, looking to hammer the ball to all fields and do damage with each swing.
2022 RHP/OF Harrison Simmons (Appling County) entered the game in the third inning and showed polish on the mound for his age. Simmons has a loose, continuous arm action, hiding the ball well on the back-side to an over-the-top slot. More pitcher than thrower, he relies on the movement and actions of his fastball/curveball combo to induce swings and misses. Simmons 12/6 curveball is his calling card as it played at 70-71 (2300-2450 rpm), fastball sat 81-83 with sink (1880-2075 rpm).
One of the top prospects in the 2022 class, INF/RHP
Dylan Lesko (Buford) is an impressive combination of speed, power and athleticism at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Still baby faced and growing into his frame, the sky's the limit for Lesko. Offensively, he keeps it simple at the plate with a short stride, loading his hands back, remains balanced throughout. Generates easy bat speed and has the ability to use the entire field. Lesko will take to the mound on Saturday against Team Florida at 8:15 PM.
The top performer of the night for Team Georgia was without a doubt 2021 RHP Aidan Moza (North Cobb Christian). A quick twitch athlete at 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, Moza is built with lean muscle, still physically maturing. He continues to impress with his athletic ability, fast arm and big time spin. Moza shut down a team Carolina offense that rolled through the first five innings on Thursday, doing a good job of changing hitters’ eye levels by elevating his 85-88 fastball (1890-2025 rpm)  and setting up his sharp breaking ball at 72-74 (2470-2650 rpm).
Team Georgia is back in action this afternoon at 3:45 PM against Team Alabama on Field 13.

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