This past weekend the IMG Academy baseball program participated in the WWBA Underclass World Championship in Ft. Myers, FL. The team opened up pool play with a 2-1 win over Deep South, playing out of Key West, FL.
Starting pitcher Jake Busiek picked up the win. The lefthander pitched 5 innings allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 7. Hunter Keatts came on in relief to pick up the save.
Offensively the team was lead by Dan Kennon, Matt Martin, and Joe Daru. Kennon was 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Martin went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a stolen base. Daru added a 1-3 with a run scored and a triple.
In their second game of the day, the IMG Academy baseball program lost to the Richmond Braves National by a score of 7-1. Matt Martin continued is hot day at the plate going 2-3 with a run scored, triple, and a stolen base. Vernon Trice also collected two hits going 2-3 with a double.
On Saturday pool play continued as the IMG BA loss 3-0 to NJ Super 17. It was a tough match up against the #24 ranked 2011 graduate, Kevin Comer. Comer lived up to his billing showcasing his fastball at 87-90 for the entire game. It was a quiet day at the plate with Hutton Moyer breaking up the no hit bid with a single in 4th and Nick Sebastian adding a 7th inning pinch hit double.
In a consolation game, IMG BA defeated All Star Baseball Academy by a score of 6-5. An exciting come from behind win was highlighted by a game tying two run double by Andres Carrillo in the 6th inning. Other offensive contributors included Nick Sebastian (2-2 with a double), Austin Scotti (2-3, 2 runs scored), and Kirk Dirschl (2-4, 1 RBI). Hunter Keatts pitched 4 innings in relief to pick up the win.