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New York Nine Wins Mid-Atlantic Showdown

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The New York Nine Scout Team made a successful six game run in three short days to capture the Mid-Atlantic Showdown crown this past weekend at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, Long Island. This was the Scout Team’s second tournament crown of 2017.

The tournament opened with the Nine playing against a very solid, well coached Millburn (NJ) Millers club. The club was comprised of many players who helped Millburn HS claim the New Jersey 4A state title. Derrick Jimenez threw six innings allowing a single run in the victory while Carlos De La Cruz‘s grand slam broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth, a lead the Nine did not relinquish in the 8-2 victory.

Game two saw the Nine get off to quick start on an Angel Presinal walk, a Danny Alfonzo double followed by a Danny Perez RBI single that scored Presinal. Danny Alfonzo‘s long home run to center to lead off the bottom of the 3rd highlighted his three hit effort. Shawn Harrison and Nick Vella each added two hits and an RBI in support of starter DJ Flug who fanned four hitters in four innings as the Nine defeated the Rye Grays by a score of 6-2.

In a winner moves on, loser goes home final pool play game, the Nine and Knights played to a draw after 4 innings, including a first inning Carlos De La Cruz RBI double and a 3rd inning Danny Alfonzo solo home run to right center. But in the 5th, after Nick Vella reached on a strikeout and wild pitch, Angel Presinal doubled Vella in to give the Nine the lead, which would grow to 5-2 by the end of the inning. Chris Pichardo entered the game in the 3rd with runners on 1st and 2nd and threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief punching out 3, and sending the Nine to the playoffs.

In the quarterfinal, the second seeded Nine met the seventh seeded Connecticut Bulldogs who had scored in bunches in pool play. And as the Nine did all tournament long, jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning. Angel Presinal singled, Danny Alfonzo walked and Danny Perez hit a long double on the first pitch, scoring Presinal. This was no ordinary double by Perez, this double hit the very top of the fence and took a right turn and then bounced off the fence again and back into the field of play. After a Carlos De La Cruz sac fly, Francisco Soriano singled in Perez. After a Soriano stolen base, Shawn Harrison singled him in which ended the scoring in the first. The 3rd inning saw the Nine bats come alive again with a Presinal single, and back to back walks by Alfonzo and Perez. This saw Carlos De La Cruz at the plate and he wasted no time, by crushing the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a slam that put the Nine up 8-0. Anthony Costa shut down the Bulldogs offense, allowing 1 hit in 4 innings striking out 5. The 10-2 win advanced the Nine to the semi-finals to face another Connecticut team.

The Semi-finals saw the Nine face the third seeded Connecticut Moose, who brought one of the top offenses in the tournament with them, averaging nearly 7 runs per game in their first 4 games. The Nine did not get off to a quick start offensively, and the game’s first 2 and a half innings saw the score knotted at 0. It was at this point, the Nine bats exploded, scoring 7 runs in the 3rd and 5 more in the 4th. The 3rd inning started with a Braulio Melo walk and a Nick Vella line drive single. Angel Presinal then reached on an error and Danny Alfonzo doubled. Danny Perez and Carlos De La Cruz both walked, followed by a Francisco Soriano single and a long Shawn Harrison sac fly. Jesse Spellman ended the scoring in the 3rd with a 2 RBI single on a ball hit back up the middle. The 4th inning saw more of the same from the Nine, with 4 singles and 2 walks scoring 5 runs. De La Cruz ended the game showing his speed by scoring the game winning run on a short wild pitch. Dimitri Papazoglou fired a complete game, propelling the Nine into the Tournament finals.

After winning two previous games, the Nine kicked off the tournament championship game vs LIB Roar at 8:30 pm with Adelphi bound Austin Cole on the bump. LIB Roar knocked off the #1 seed in the semi-finals and averaged 6.6 runs per game heading into the finals. The first inning saw neither team push a run across the plate, but the 2nd was a different story for the Nine, who, like they did all tournament, capitalized on an error. Carlos De La Cruz reached on an error and Francisco Soriano immediately doubled him to 3rd. Catcher, JP Compres drove in De La Cruz with an RBI single. After a Jose Arroyo walk, Nick Vella smoked a 2 out line drive single back up the middle to score 2. After LIB scored one back on an error, the Nine once again capitalized on a misplay. Danny Perez singled, De La Cruz walked and Shawn Harrison reached on an error. JP Compres once again came up and drove in 2 on a hard single to left field scoring 2. After an Arroyo walk, Jesse Spellman had an RBI walk to end the scoring in the 3rd. Austin Cole fanned seven in his 4.1 innings only allowing 1 hit. Chris Pichardo finished the 5th with 2 strikeouts. Matt Demartini threw the final outs of the Tournament as the Nine lifted the Mid-Atlantic Showdown Trophy with a 7-2 win.

Tournament Notes:

Danny Perez lead the team in batting average and on base percentage and had a triple slash line of .538/.667/.615
Carlos De La Cruz led the team in slugging percentage with 1.071 and RBI with 13 had a triple slash line of.500/.556/1.071
Angel Presinal led the team in hits with 8
Danny Alfonzo, Carlos De La Cruz and Angel Presinal tied for the lead in runs with 8
Austin Cole led the team in strikeouts with 7
Chris Pichardo got the win in 2 games, struck out 5 and didn’t walk any
As a team, for the tournament, the Nine hit over .400 and had a triple slash line of .401/.485/.585
41% of Nine hits went for extra bases, with Carlos De La Cruz leading the way with 57.1%
As a team, in 34 innings, the Nine had an ERA of 1.85 and struck out 38

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New York Nine Players More Prepared For College Baseball

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It is always good to see growth and maturity when high school players prepare to continue their career as a collegiate student-athlete. The time they spend around returning veteran players not only helps them understand the process from a different perspective, but what will be expected of them by college coaches whose livelihood generally hinges on recruiting, player development and ultimately winning baseball games. This is why New York Nine players are highly sought after by colleges around the country. The New York Nine Scout Team has a nearly 100% college placement rate.

Having the right coaches and role models who have been through it or are part of the process can only help the player to understand what is expected, and what won’t be tolerated at the collegiate level.

College coaches want players who understand how the game works and are able to show both the instincts and tools to play, not just skills that stand out in a showcase. Generally, mistakes made in high school can be overcome by athleticism or superior skills for that level, but, on the elite level summer team and in college, these mistakes wind up costing teams games and the player the opportunity to play.

It is great to see younger players developing their skills during high-level games against other top players and teams. The only way to develop the instincts and in game situations needed to play in collegiate or pro ball is to play high-level games. We look forward to the final month of developing our college bound ballplayers so they are prepared to not only compete, but to take veteran players jobs as Freshman.

Scout Team Takes Aim At CABA World Series In Charleston, South Carolina

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July 18 (Queens, NY) – All eyes are on the New York Nine Scout Team as they prepare to depart for Charleston, SC to claim the CABA Wood Bat World Series crown. The team has recently cooled off after winning 10 of their first 12 games. With players on the roster from Connecticut and New York State Champions, The Brunswick School and Mamaroneck High School, as well as PSAL Champion George Washington High School, this summer saw Coach Millman navigate the heavier than normal workload those players saw by going deep into their respective seasons. Coach Millman explained, “It’s difficult when you have young players who have been heavily taxed both mentally and physically in such a short period of time. Our job as summer coaches is to keep the athletes healthy, while expanding their knowledge and skills in the game of baseball. At the same time, properly showcasing them in front of the scouting community in the proper light.”

Leading the offense for the Scout Team is Dartmouth commit, Trevor Johnson, whom is currently hitting .373 with a .500 OBP and has swiped 11 bags while only getting caught once. Southern Connecticut State commit, Connor Redahan is hitting a solid .283/.478/.457 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with a team leading 12 walks and is 3 HBP away from the organizational record. Sporting a .353/.450/.510 line, Wayne Roberts, Jr. has hit 2 home runs and added 11 steals, showing his blend of speed and power. Newcomer Danny Alfonzo, has shown his ability to hit for power as over 61% of his hits have gone for extra bases, including 2 home runs. Not to be outdone, OF Chris Campbell has shown broad base of skills by stealing 6 bags, having nearly 50% of his hits go for extra bases and getting on base over 40% of the time. Utility man Jose De La Cruz is 4th on the team in OBP with a .413 mark and has provided stellar defense at multiple positions. In limited action, Ted Sabato, Jr. has an impressive .552 OBP and will be relied upon as a key member of the bullpen in Charleston. Starting 1B Ryan Popp will be looked upon to provide middle of the lineup power and build on his .290/.405/.452 line. Jack of all trades Quincy Tunstall has shown solid defense all year and a good eye at the plate. Catcher Andy Karlan has used his speed and intelligence to swipe 8 bags without getting caught while hovering around the .300 mark. As the weather gets hotter in Charleston, The Nine are counting on the bats of Leandy Castro, Frankie Giuliano and Anthony Torribio to heat up.

Hard throwing right hander, Moises Robles will bring his team leading 3 wins and .7 ERA into Charleston. The teams strikeout leader, Josh Azon, will also bring his 3 wins into South Carolina. Right hander Yanmanuel Infante will look to regain his PSAL Championship game form when he shutdown Tottenville. Left hander Frank Giuliano and his strikeout an inning and his 1.12 WHIP will be an important part of the bullpen and Marcus Mari will be called upon to provide quality innings as he has done all year. Will O’Brien has shown solid control with only 4 walks and has a 1.05 ERA and a 1 WHIP while inducing an eye-popping 74% ground ball rate.

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