Midwest Future Games Results: Missouri vs Pennsylvania

Game 1: Pennsylvania vs. Missouri
For the second year in a row, Missouri and Pennsylvania ended in a tie game, this year with a bit more offense with a 5-5 game

RHP/OF Matt Vierling (Christian Brothers College HS) started the kick off game of the Midwest Future Games sitting 85-88 with his fastball, and keeping hitters off balance with a 80-81 changeup and high 70s breaking ball. He threw a perfect first inning and allowed one hit in his second inning of work.

After two scoreless innings, Missouri got on the board first with a two-run single from 3B/C Brian Sharp (Liberty North HS) in the third inning, followed by single by C C.J. Schaeffer (Timberland HS) to extend the lead to 3-0.

After surrendering five unanswered runs, MO 3B Justin Gellman (Clayton HS) blasted a two run homerun over the left field bullpen to knot the score at 5-5. Gellman’s homeruns was one of the most impressive hits of the weekend.

3B/C/RHP Brian Sharp (Liberty North HS) took the mound in the top of the seventh, and sat 84-86 with a 70-71 curveball that showed some sharpness.

Team Missouri loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout and double play ended the game with the tie.

Other game one highlights include:
-Marquise Doherty (Winnetonka HS) had a day on the base paths, flashing his speed and stealing four bases.

-Justin Dirden (Ft. Zumwalt North) gunning down a Pennsylvania runner at the plate from right field.

-Logan-Rogersville LHP Jacob Schlesener showed a changeup that looked nearly unhittable, a improved pitch to his arsenal and demonstrated his continued maturity on the mound in developing his craft. Schlesener has a loose, quick arm that projects well with his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame.

-Collin Fraley (Ozark HS) pounded the zone, with good rhythm and tempo, fastball topping at 83-mph with late arm side movement. Fraley missed most of the spring season, recovering from a football injury. Fraley will now be putting all of his efforts toward baseball, and has a very high ceiling