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Players try to impress at showcase event

Posted: June 3, 2014 - 11:21pm  |  Updated: June 4, 2014 - 1:17am
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Junior and sophomore baseball players from around the region participated in the Top 100 Regional Showcase at Westside High School.
Junior and sophomore baseball players from around the region participated in the Top 100 Regional Showcase at Westside High School.

 

The latest group of high school baseball up-and-comers gathered at Westside High School on May 26.

Since 2003, rising 10th- through 12th-graders have been a part of the Georgia Dugout Club’s Georgia Underclassmen Top 100 Showcase.

The players at the Westside regional showcase were trying to impress enough to land a spot in the main event, which is June 24-26 at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Out of 12 regionals, the top 100 rising seniors will be selected along with 60 rising sophomores and juniors.

“The kids are great, they come out, play hard, they hustle, really eager to show off what they can do,” said Loganville assistant Bran Mills. “We’re always keeping our eye out for that next guy.”

Players’ entire skill sets were taken stock of Monday.

They ran 60-foot sprints, threw from their position, hit batting practice and off a tee before playing a simulated game.

Evans’ outfielder/catcher Colin Dominy is hoping to enter his senior season with the Knights with a main showcase appearance under his belt.

“I’m here just to get a little look from the college coaches and come out here, do well and make the team,” Dominy said.

Greenbrier rising sophomore Garrett Marchman saw some action during Greenbrier’s state playoff run and was doing his best to impress, at one point driving consecutive balls over the leftfield fence during batting practice.

“I saw the ball good today,” said Marchman, who hopes to take over at third base for the Wolfpack, stepping into the void left by the graduation of his brother Knox. “It’s going to be tough to fill it, but hopefully I can do it.”

Roger Wilkinson, of BaseballScoutz.com, has been a part of the event for eight years and thinks there is a benefit to the process.

“It’s a great chance if you do make that 100 to get a chance to play in front of every college coach in Georgia. It’s a great opportunity, and even if you don’t make it, you get some evaluation and some things you can take back with you for the future.”

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