JUPITER, FL - The World Finals East 17U tournament teed off at 9 a.m. at Roger Dean Complex. Here are the standout performers of opening day:
1B Justin Ambrosino, 2013 grad Chet Lemon’s Juice 17U: (Valrico, Fla.) Co-MVP of the 16U championship game, Ambrosino went 3-for-3 with a double for the 17U Juice. This infielder had an multiple-RBI game for the 16U championship, and he drove in game-winning run for the 17U team.
LHP Charles Fowler, 2013 grad, Chet Lemon’s Juice: Fowler (Mount Dora, Fla.) threw a complete-game shutout with an impressive 14 strikeouts. Only giving up three hits, this lefty had complete dominance on the mound. His fastball was clocked in the mid-80s, and he finished the batters off with his slider and curveball.
LHP/1B Matthew Orth, 2013 grad, Golden Spikes 17U: This southpaw from North Carolina threw six shut-out innings with a remarkable 12 K, and only giving up one hit. His fastball showed in the upper 80s and he hit his spots. The scouts also noticed that his fastballs stayed down in the zone, while he was able to locate his other pitches as well.
RHP Quinn Cockrell, 2013 grad, All American Prospects: With another complete-game shutout on the day, Cockrell (Tampa, Fla.) had five strikeouts, giving up just four hits. He consistently threw strikes and kept the hitters off balance.
RHP Connor Rooney, 2013 grad Coastal Prospects 17U: A right-hander of Yulee, Fla., Rooney impressed the scouts by pitching just three shut-out innings. With five strikeouts, he overpowered the hitters with his fastball clocked in the upper 80s.
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And to the athletes of the WSL Finals East: keep up the hard work!