Preview: Prep Baseball Showcase Showdown, Part III
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 3: 2:00 p.m.
South Point Red Raiders vs. Northeast Guilford Rams
The third game of the day will feature an extremely interesting rematch between the reigning 3A Champions, South Point Red Raiders, and the Northeast Guilford Rams. South Point won a well fought State Championship last year as the Red Raiders beat the Rams 2-games-to-1, winning the decisive game by a score of 8-5.
The Red Raiders are looking to replace five seniors who led them to the State Championship and a 27-3 record last year. Head Coach Jason Lineberger will look to lead the 5th ranked Red Raiders, according to Impact Baseball’s preseason poll, back to the State Championship.
The Northeaster Guilford Rams are returning 6 starters from last year’s State Runners Up team. Included in those returners are Jaylin Davis and Caleb McCann, both Appalachian State recruits, who look to lead the Rams in 2012. Davis, All-Conference his Sophomore and Junior years, hit .500 last year with 10 Home Runs and 47 RBIs. McCann, All-Conference his Sophomore and Junior years as well, has moved from 2b to SS this year and will be called upon to carry the majority of the pitching load this year. Josiel Colon will also look to contribute coming off a year where he hit .400 with 7 Home Runs and 31 RBIs.
The rematch promises to be a well fought game featuring two of the premier teams in Class 3A baseball. Will the Rams exact some small revenge, or will South Point make an early statement during the 2012 season? Only one way to find out. First pitch is 2:00p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, March 3.
Jeff has begun his first year with the Crawdads as a Media and Community Outreach Assistant. The Waukesha, WI native attended school at Northeastern University where he played varsity baseball for the Huskies while earning his degree in Communications. Jeff is an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoys staying active any way possible.