Georgia Showcase Baseball- Howze (11 Major, pictured above) started its fall season on a high note after winning this past weekend’s Lagrange First Pitch tournament in convincing fashion. Showcase Baseball went 4-0 in the one- day event and outscored opponents by a combined 54-7 run total. This team is coming off of a 10- Major season in which they were 8-12 overall in USSSA competition, their best tournament finish coming was third place at the Easter Bash One Day event.
The Lagrange 11- Open division featured nine teams: six from the host state and three from Alabama. Three squads including the Showcase entered as Major-classified with the Georgia Bandits and ABA Comanche being the others. Teams were broken into three groups to compete in a round robin style pool play phase before the top six based on records and average runs allowed advanced to a single elimination bracket. Quite a lot of baseball packed into one day!
Manager Ben Howze’s team was placed in Pool B along with the West Georgia Mustangs and EAB 11U. Showcase’s first game came against the Mustangs and it was not much of a contest. They went on to win in shutout fashion, 17-0 against the AAA classified Mustangs. Showcase Baseball was at it again in the second game. They took down EAB 11U 17-4 to win the pool and guarantee themselves a place in the championship bracket.
Later that afternoon the two play in games for the title bracket were conducted between the Georgia Bandits vs. Game on Columbus and Blue Sox Baseball vs. West Georgia Mustangs. The two teams that earned first round byes were ABA Comanche and Showcase Baseball. In the semifinals Coach Howze’s team matched up against the Bandits who blanked Game On 8-0. They were able to suppress Showcases’ explosive offense to six runs but were only able to scratch across one of their own.
In the other semifinal Blue Sox upset Comanche by outslugging them, 10-7. In the championship game, the momentum the Blue Sox’s had would be sent to a screeching halt. Showcase Baseball throttled the Blue Sox 14-2 to claim their first tournament title of 2018.
Showcase completed the tournament with a +11.8 run differential and earned 120 USSSA power points which helps contribute to its state and national ranking.
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