Game 2 vs. PNW: Recap


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

Game 2 vs. the top uncommitted prospects out of the Pacific Northwest featured loud contact from the Nevada bats and a scoreless two inning effort by 2022, Tyler Avery. With inclement weather on the horizon, the two pitcher-only’s left on the roster had their slot in the rotation moved up to Game 2 in order to ensure they got their innings in in the case that the event got rained out. A game where we fell behind early, but fought until the last out against a talented Pacific Northwest group.

Game 2 starter, 2023 LHP, Will Sullivan, hopped right back on the mound for his second inning of work after closing out Game 1 vs. California. During his one inning of work he sat 78-80 mph touching 81 mph after a topping out at 82 mph the day before. Pacific Northwest jumped out to an early lead, plating two runs on back to back walks with the bases loaded, but Sullivan was able to hold them there with a key strikeout using his 65-67 mph curveball. 

The two run lead didn’t last long as 2023 1B, AJ Johnson, singled in two runs on a line drive to right field then taking second base on a missed cut from the right fielder.

After PNW scratch three more runs across, Nevada made another surge at comeback with fourth inning rally that was highlighted by 2023 OF/RHP, Dominick Rush’s single to center field to put the team in a place to strike.

2022 RHP, Tyler Avery, a strong, proportionate built prospect with a loose, whipping arm action came in the fifth inning, running it up to 89 mph while sitting 85-88 mph on his fastball that was complimented by a cut fastball that sat at 84-85 mph with late life. He flashed feel for his secondary pitches with his curveball sitting a between 71-74 mph and his changeup ranging from 76-78 mph. After his first inning of work, the game was suspended due to a lightning delay that lasted over an hour but Avery was determined to go back out and finish his job going three up, three down in the sixth inning with his velocity remaining in the 85-88 mph range. 

Ultimately, the talented PNW was able to hold off our Nevada boys to secure the victory, but we didn’t go down without a fight. In both Game 1 and Game 2, the resilience of Team Nevada shined through as they played until the last out. 

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