Team Missouri Slugs Their way to a 12-8 Victory

Team Missouri pounded their way to a 12-8 victory against Team Indiana on day one of the Midwest Future Games at the University of Illinois. Team Missouri flexed their muscles, with five homeruns and a power display that was the buzz among over seventy college coaches and MLB scouts.

OF/C Colby Fitch from Hickman HS and MIF Shane Benes from Westminister led the power parade blasting two home runs apiece, and C Nic Perkins from Francis Howell contributed with a blast of his own.  OF Dalton Horstmeier from Fulton just missed connecting with Team Missouri’s sixth homerun, instead setting for a triple that hit off the top of the wall in deep left center field.

Starting pitcher Storm Rynard from Raymore-Peculiar and relief pitcher Zack Engelken from Blue Valley West HS (KS) combined for eight innings of shutout ball. Rynard sat 87-90 mph, with an unhittable 77-79 mph slider. Engleken was an easy 84-88, keeping hitters off balance with control of his breaking ball and change up.

Some other highlights from the showcase portion of the day include:

Outfield: Missouri outfielders showed some of the top arms of the day, led by Jack Benninghoff (Rockhurst HS) with a top velocity of 92 mph. Eli Dilday (Christian HS) wasn’t far behind, with a top throw of 91. Cory Canterbury (Christian HS) and Fitch (Hickman) both recorded a top time of 88, Trey Turner (Neosho) at 85 mph, and Dalton Horstmeier (Fulton) recorded top velocity of 84 

Infield: Eli Dilday (Christian HS) led all Missouri infield arms, with a top velo of 87 mph. Right behind him were Keith Greishaber (Marquette) and Stu Mills (Mayfield HS, KY) with top throws of 86 mph. Shane Benes recorded a top throw of 83 mph.

Catchers: Nic Perkins (Francis Howell) and Trey Turner (Neosho) had the top velos from the crouch, both at 83 mph. Perkins, with a 1.83 pop time, was the lowest for the Missouri catchers. Turner recorded a top pop time of 1.89, while Colby Fitch had a 1.92 and Brett Bond (Westminster) popped a 1.98.

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