Lakeside’s Chandler Corley and Peyton Jones, and Greenbrier’s Adam Sasser, participated in the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., from Oct. 24-28.
The high school showcase, put on by Perfect Game, is considered the biggest amateur baseball event in the world.
Hundreds of professional and college scouts filled the fields at the Roger Dean Complex, the spring training home for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.
The best high school players in the country participated in order to receive exposure.
Corley and Sasser were in the middle of it all thanks to three teammates who are potential first-round draft picks on their Ohio Warhawks team.
Corley, a senior shortstop, said Hawaii prep pitcher Kodi Medeiros helped draw several hundred scouts to the game he pitched, considered the most heavily-scouted game in Perfect Game history.
“It’s the highest level of competition you can play in amateur baseball,” Corley said.
“It definitely gets you seen by every school in the nation and all the pro teams. You can’t really match the exposure you get from something like that.”
Corley went 3 for 8 with two stolen bases in Ohio’s six games.
The Warhawks finished 3-2 in the tournament.
Jones, a junior left-handed pitcher on the Diamond Devils, suffered from back spasms and was unable to play as many innings, but the experience he received being around scouts and players was also important.
“The level of competition was impressive,” he said. “I’ve never seen anyone throwing 94 to 97 (mph) like that, and they were everywhere down there. It opens your eyes to what’s out there, and how much harder you have to work to get to where you want to be.”
Lakeside coach Brad Freeman said he’s proud of the two Panthers and excited for what they will provide his team in the spring.
“Being two ballplayers who are hopefully going to play big roles for us next season, it’s good to get that exposure,” he said. “I’m very proud of them. It says a lot about the type of guys we have in this program and makes me feel comfortable being a first-year coach that we have guys who are able to play in those types of things.”
Sasser, one of Greenbrier’s leading hitters at first base, is expected to produce big numbers in his senior season for the Wolfpack. Corley is in a similar position for
“I’m excited about Chandler,” Freeman said. “I’m looking forward to him being one of the emotional leaders this year. He has great speed, pretty good fielder, and I’m really impressed with what he can do at the plate with his bat.”
Jones is emerging as a threat on the mound from the left side.
He projects to add velocity from a long frame, and added experience as a full-time varsity player this season should help.
“He’s got a little pop to his fastball, and when you’re a lefty and you can get it to tail with a little pop, then come back with a great breaking ball, that will make you dangerous at the high school level,” Freeman said. “I’m excited to see what he does this season.”