NC/SC Border Battle: Tallying NC vs. SC - Who Won?
August 3, 2019
In totality, North Carolina won two games to South Carolina’s 1 game. However, these games were played with some controlling factors and innings were rolled at times to keep pitchers below a pitch count. For that reason, we will call the Game Play portion a draw. This means to determine a winner of the 1st NC/SC Border Battle we need to dive into the statistical analysis.
The top fastball came from South Carolina’s Lucas Landon (RHP, Blythewood HS, 2020). Lucas touched 92, working 90-91 in his 1 inning of work. Three of the next four fastball’s came from North Carolina, but the top slot goes to South Carolina.
The median fastball for all of the South Carolina arms that threw equated to 84 mph. The median fastball for North Carolina arms worked up to 80 mph. Advantage South Carolina.
Max Fastball Border Battle Winner: Team South Carolina
Timed 60 Yard Dash
Reece Holbrook (OF, Hammond HS, 2021) took home the crown of the fastest laser timed 60 for the event. The South Carolina native rolled a 6.58 on the laser. The next three fastest 60 times did below to North Carolina with a total of 19 runners from each state turning in a sub-7.00 sixty.
The median 60 time for South Carolina came in at 7.28. North Carolina’s median 60 time sits at 7.15. Advantage North Carolina. With the fastest man coming from South Carolina and the median time from the state’s going to North Carolina, this stat becomes a push.
Timed 60 Yard Dash Border Battle Winner: Push
The lead exit velocity was turned in by Mitchell Seymour (RHP/OF, Pro5 Academy, 2020). Seymour touched 95 mph off the barrel to take the individual crown. From a team standpoint, North Carolina’s hitters had a median exit velocity of 88 mph. South Carolina’s hitters median exit velocity worked up to 83 mph.
Exit Velocity Border Battle Winner: North Carolina
Catcher Pop Times
The top pop time was posted by Alejandro Rodriguez (C/SS, Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2020). Rodriguez was 1.90 – 1.99 with the arm carrying 81 mph out of the crouch. North Carolina’s catchers median top pop time came in at 2.07. South Carolina’s catchers median top pop time registered at 2.18.
Catcher Pop Time Border Battle Winner: North Carolina
Landon Lucas and his big arm comes through again for Team South Carolina. Lucas was 90 mph across the diamond during his defensive workout, leading all infielders. From the outfield, Zane Taylor (OF/RHP, Pro5 Academy, 2020) gets North Carolina back to even in the category with a 94 mph throw during his outfield workout.
As we move to the median arm grades, South Carolina infielders posted a 79 mph rating across the diamond. North Carolina infielders also posted a median arm grade across the infield of 79 mph. The outfielders from South Carolina measured their median arm grade came at 81 mph. North Carolina’s outfielders posted a median arm grade of 82 mph.
With a push in category leaders and median arm grades across the diamond. The median outfield scores decide the category.
Top Positional Velocity Border Battle Winner: North Carolina
PBR of North Carolina has taken the initial NC/SC Border Battle by a score of 3-1. With NC’s Director of Scouting Brandon Hall writing this report, and tallying all totals, we are expecting a full protest and appeal process. Regardless of the final tally, the talent on hand was the big winner as they competed and showed out in front of 20+ schools from across the two states. This event will continue to be marked as a “must see” event as the directors continue to hear from the top talent in each state that they want to represent their state at this event.