Preview: Prep Baseball Showcase Showdown, Part I
The Hickory Crawdads are hosting the 2012 Prep Baseball Showcase Showdown at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, March 3. The showcase will consist of four exciting match-ups featuring high school teams from around the area, including rematches from last year’s Class 3A and Class 4A State Championship Series. The first game of the showcase will start at 9 a.m. Leading up to the event each game will be previewed here.
Game 1: 9 a.m.
North Stanly Comets vs South Stanly Rowdy Rebels
The first game of the day will be a match-up of New London vs Norwood, NC schools; North Stanly Comets and South Stanly Rowdy Rebels. South Stanly is led by head coach Terry Tucker and are coming off a fantastic 25-12 season in which the Rowdy Rebels were 2011 Yadkin Valley Conference Co-Champions and class 1A State Runners-Up. They are poised for another strong season in 2012 with the return of all starters, six seniors and 1A State Player of the Year, junior right handed starter Russ Wieker. Wieker went 14-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 92 innings pitched in 2011 while striking out 111 batters. He also chipped in offensively by hitting .352.
The Rowdy Rebels offense is led by seniors Landon Fraley (committed to UNC) and Stephen Wallace (Winthrop). Wallace hit .443 in 2011 with 9 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Fraley hit .400 with 9 home runs and 15 steals while also going 5-2 on the mound with 74 strikeouts in 53 innings.
Will Davis is in his first year as head coach of the North Stanly Comets, who finished last season 14-12. The Comets are a younger team than their New London counterparts, but have a core of experienced players nonetheless, led by seniors Matthew Honeycutt and Taylor Thomas and juniors Clay Fesperman and Seth Kimery. Offensively, Fesperman hit .436 with 8 doubles and 26 RBI and Thomas posted a .571 on base percentage to go along with 11 RBI.
Kimery is coming off a season in which he led the team with 42 innings pitched and 53 strikeouts to go 4-4, including four complete games. Huneycutt was second on the team with 21 strikeouts while throwing 16 innings.