Prep Baseball Report

Area Code Games: Saturday Notebook

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

EMERSON, GA—The Area Code Games started Thursday at LakePoint and Friday featured the first games. Follow the action on social media and stay tuned for more coverage after the event. Here are some highlights from Saturday's action...

White Sox (2) vs. Yankees (2)

After showing their opponents 100 mph at 8 a.m on Friday, the Yankees rolled out LHP Anthony Solometo (Bishop Eustace HS, NJ). A North Carolina recruit, he’d be a tough at-bat with his stuff on its own. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk while striking out five in two innings.

RHP Ben Kudrna (Blue Valley Southwest HS, KS) started for the White Sox and allowed a run on two hits while striking out three. OF Daylen Lile (Trinity HS, KY) has been one of my favorite hitters this summer and he scorched a ball down the right field line today. SS Colson Montgomery (Southridge HS, IN) was 0-for-2 with a walk today, but those two outs were extremely loud. RHP Jackson Wentworth (Waukee HS, IA) closed things out for the White Sox with two innings, allowing two weak hits and a walk while striking out three. His ability to spin a breaking ball was obvious.

Royals (1) vs. Nationals (6)

RHP Kyle Robinson (Marshall HS, VA) started and went three perfect innings for the Nationals, striking out one.

SS Brady House (Winder-Barrow HS, GA) had a tough start to the Area Code Games, but he did find a barrel in one at-bat today. LHP Philip Abner (Charlotte Christian School, NC) closed out the win with a swing-and-miss fastball, power breaking ball and solid changeup.

Brewers (0) vs. Rangers (7)

The Brewers found a few barrels in their first inning, but only Roc Riggio (Thousand Oaks HS, CA) found a hole. They didn’t get another hit until the seventh.

RHP Ben Bosse (Brenham HS, TX) used a sharp slider and power changeup to stifle the Brewers for three innings, allowing a walk and hit while striking out four. SS Peyton Stovall (Haughton HS, LA) was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. RHP Ryan Johnson (Home School, TX) showed absolute electricity on the bump, pumping strikes with premium stuff. He struck out four and walked one in three innings. SS Cameron Cauley (Barbers Hill HS, TX) was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs, showing off the ability to drive the ball to all fields and utilize his speed.

Athletics (3) vs. Reds (8)

If you only look at performance, you can miss what guys like RHP Kyle Bender (Vacaville HS, CA) have to offer. Things unraveled for him in the third, as he ultimately allowed six runs (five earned) on three hits, three walks and two hit batters, but his stuff stands out.

RHP Jacob Kmatz (Sandia HS, NM) struck out three and allowed a hit across two innings. C Anson Aroz (Placer HS, CA) had two of the A’s three hits today. Wes Kath (Desert Mountain HS, AZ) was 3-for-3 with a triple and showed good defense.

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