Pennsylvania Players Have Success at WWBA 16U National Championship



The 16U WWBA National Championships are taking place this week in Georgia, and like in the 17U tournament, Pennsylvania players are having considerable success.

Some players who have shined in the first four days of the event are:

Steven Born (West Chester), Class of 2014, went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a triple for the ASBA Futures against Team Elite 16U Black. In the same game, Matthew Lafferty (West Chester), Class of 2014, pitched six innings of five hit baseball. He struck out eight and topped out at 78 mph.

J.J. Matijevic (Norwin), the No. 1 ranked player in the Class of 2014, had a double and three RBI to lead the Evoshield Canes M-A 2014’s to a win over the New Jersey 9ers. Luca Farina (Central Catholic), the No. 10 ranked player in the Class of 2014, was 3-for-3 with a double, and RBI and scored three runs. Jimmy Brennan (Glenn Mills), Class of 2014, also got in on the act with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Michael Hunter (Brandywine Heights), the No. 19 ranked player in the Class of 2014, pitched five innings, striking out seven, topping out at 83 mph.

JJ Matijevic J.J. Matijevic

Kyle Datres (Loyalsock), Class of 2015, had a 2-for-3 performance in an Evoshied Canes M-A 16u Prospects loss. He also had a 2-for-3 outing in a win over the Upstate Mavericks. In the same game, Noah Smith (Norwin), Class of 2014, pitched a complete game striking out eight. He topped out at 82 mph.

Against the Orlando Scorpions, Datres got a chance to display his plus arm from the mound. Datres pitched an inning and picked up the save. He displayed an overpowering fastball that ranged from 85-87 and peaked at 89 mph.

In a Chester County Crawdads victory, Skylar Katz (Harriton), Class of 2014, went 2-for-2 with two doubles.

Nick Raquet (State College), the No. 11 ranked player in the Class of 2014, had a solid outing in a win over the Indiana Bulls for the Evoshield Canes M-A 2014’s. The left hander topped out at 83 mph while striking out four and giving up just one run. Aaron Fritz (Minersville), the No. 14 ranked player in the Class of 2014, had a double and an RBI. Jimmy Brennan also tripled and had an RBI.

Aaron Fritz Aaron Fritz

Lastly, two Evoshield Canes M-A 2014’s pitchers displayed their talents. Colton Hock (Bloomsburg), the No. 4 ranked player in the Class of 2014, threw four solid innings in a win topping out at 86 mph. Michael Hunter pitched the final three innings striking out five and topping out at 86 mph as well.

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