The noises coming from Gerald Barnes Field on Monday might have sounded like a baseball game, but it was more about individual effort than a team result.
Westside High School was the site for the Georgia Dugout Club’s regional Georgia Underclassmen Top 100 Showcase. The 38 high school players, mostly from Columbia and Richmond counties, were there to impress in hopes of being selected to the main event June 25 to June 28 at Georgia Gwinnett College.
The top 100 rising seniors and 60 sophomores will be parsed from 12 different regional tryouts and all aspects of the game are scrutinized.
“There’s a pro scout and a college coach evaluating, looking at defensive skills, arm strength, arm control, offensive skills, running ability, just pretty much the whole gamut,” said Loganville High School baseball assistant coach Bran Mills, adding that 100 college and pro scouts routinely attend the main showcase that has been going since 2003.
Players ran 20-, 40- and 60-foot sprints, threw from their position, hit batting practice and off a tee before playing a simulated game.
Lakeside senior pitcher Evan Krenz struck out two, induced a grounder and gave up a soft single. He thought he did well on the mound, but still felt some of the heat of the moment.
“There’s scouts watching so it puts a little pressure on it,” said Krenz.
For Evans’ junior pitcher Kyle Anderson, who has already committed to the University of South Carolina, the day was about recognition.
“It’s to get in front of pro scouts, get my name out there,” said Anderson. “Just to keep playing, to get more time on the mound. It felt good comfortable. I came out last year and made it so I knew what to expect.”