Area players compete in CCSSL showcase games

csmith@newsobserver.comAugust 2, 2013 

  • CCSSL 2013 Futures Game

    Diego Guerrero, INF, Middle Creek junior

    Trevor Heasley, OF, Middle Creek sophomore

    Conlin Hughes, INF, Holly Springs junior

    Lane Olive, INF, Apex junior

    Phil Simpson, INF, Holly Springs junior

    Drake Stevens, INF, Middle Creek sophomore

    Esteban Valencia, OF, Apex sophomore

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    *players selected for the Futures game are rising sophomores or juniors

— The best baseball players from across the state who participated in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League this season were chosen to play in a showcase event on Tuesday night.

Games were played at Jack Coombs Stadium on the campus of Duke University.

The top rising seniors played in the Seniors Game, while the juniors and sophomores were in the Futures Game.

With several local players on both rosters of the Seniors Game, here is a rundown of how they fared:

Jordan Towler, Middle Creek: Pitched the third inning for the American team, giving up just one run on one hit. Towler then drilled a double down the third base line that just stayed fair to score the second run of the game for his team.

“I would give myself a B,” Towler said with a smile. “There was good competition here and I think I was in the upper half. … I felt pretty good about my one inning, but just like any pitcher I really wanted a few innings to warm up and get comfortable.”

Tyler Sholar, Middle Creek: Sholar came to bat once, lacing the ball up the middle, but the shortstop made a great stab to retire him.

Andy Wantz, Holly Springs: Wantz started for the National team and gave up just two hits and one run to the six batters he faced. He flied out in the fourth and doubled in the seventh.

“It’s tough just throwing one inning as a pitcher,” Wantz said. “You can’t really get a feel for the umpire or the mound. But I felt like I gave my best in that one inning. … I felt like I squared up on both balls in my at-bats, but only got one to fall. The pitching was really good in this one.”

R.J. Arthur, Holly Springs: Arthur had a quality at-bat in his first plate appearance, but went down swinging. He grounded out in the fourth and flied out in the sixth.

Mike Sconzo, Holly Springs: Sconzo was the starting catcher for the National team and went 1-for-2 in the contest. He hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to give his team a late lead.

Jordan Hockaday, Panther Creek: Hockaday led off the second inning for the American team with a hard ground ball, but was tagged out after the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag.

In his second at-bat, he drew what would have been a walk, but there were no walks awarded in the game. Instead, he reached on an error.

Alex Yarem, Apex: Yarem pitched the second for the National team and pitched the only shutout inning through the first five. He doubled in the fourth.

Beau Barger, Wake Christian: Barger would have walked twice, but struck out swinging. The righty pitched a scoreless sixth inning, not giving up a hit.

Chandler Jones, Fuquay-Varina: Jones struck out after just missing on a fastball in the fifth inning.

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