Independence vs. Spring Hill - Games Recap

Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

The top 2020 prospect in the state, OF/LHP Robert Hassell III (Vanderbilt Commit) and Independence opened up the season at 11-AAA rival Spring Hill. As expected, a large crowd on hand as spectators, scouts, and cross checkers get the first look at Robert Hassell in 2020, and he did not disappoint. 

Hassell had a multi-hit game, highlighted by a line drive single up the middle. Balanced, athletic stance w/ smooth, load and toe tap stride. Lightning fast bat speed w/ good angles at early connection and impact. He remained very patient at the plate as Spring Hill tried to work around him. On the bump, Hassell sat 87-92 for 4.1 IP mixing mostly diving breaking ball at 73-76.  

As good as Hassell was helping Indy jump out to an early 5-2 lead, Spring Hill does what seasoned clubs do forcing Hassell from the game in the 5th. After 2021 RHP/1B Dawson Hargrove drew a walk to plate a run, 2020 OF Elijah Williams muscled a two-rbi single to CF to knot the game at 5.  Spring Hill turned the game over to 2021 RHP/3B Jackson Marbet (MTSU Commit) and he looked the part to start the 2020 campaign, sitting 85-88 w/ some life and occasional cut. Marbet worked the final two frames, punching out three, while continuing to show feel for three pitches, but flashing a more developed breaking ball at 68-72 w/ some bite. 

In the bottom of the 7th with two-outs, 2021 1B Nathaniel Huntzinger hooked one into RF for a single and was lifted for a pinch runner. The seasoned Spring Hill club plays spoiler as 2021 SS Brandon O’Brien caps off the 6-5 comeback win with a walk off single to RCF in the bottom of the 7th.

Be sure to check the Tennessee Scout Blog later this week for scouting notes and video on prospects from the match-up.