Preview: Prep Baseball Showcase Showdown, Part II
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 2: 11:30 a.m.
Cherryville Ironmen vs Randleman Tigers
Cherryville Head Coach Scott Heavner leads the class 1A Ironmen into battle against the defending 2A State Champion Randleman Tigers. Cherryville went 20-9 (10-2 in 2A/1A Southern Piedmont League) in 2011 while the Tigers defeated 2010 State Champion East Rutherford 2 games to 1 in dramatic fashion when shortstop Dylan Richardson took the relay from left fielder Tyler Walls before hitting catcher Zack Bach to nail what would have been the tying run at the plate, and instead gave them the state title.
Seniors Will Albertson and Dylan Richardson help lead the Tigers offensive attack. Albertson, a catcher and outfielder, hit .476 with 9 doubles and 6 home runs. Richardson, a shortstop, hit .524 with 7 doubles and 6 home runs while going 1-0 with one save in four appearances on the mound.
Easton Welch (Jr.) is the top pitcher returning for the Tigers. He went 5-0 with four complete games, 2 shutouts and 1.21 ERA in 2011.
Randleman, under head coach Van Hurley, comes into the year ranked number one in the class 2A rankings and Cherryville is number five in the preseason 1A poll from Impact Baseball.