Jacksonville Daily Progress
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. – —
The Texas Prospects finished up pool-play on Tuesday with a fourth win in two days, and will be the Number Two seed in the IBC World Series currently on-going at the Tampa Bay spring training site, the Walter Fuller Complex and other locations in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The Prospects (4-0), got great pitching and the game-winning hit from pitcher, Garrett Huff, of Genoa High School in Texarkana, Ark., in the fourth pool-play game, to take a 2-1 win over Sun Coast-Reebok of Florida.
The Sun Coast crew took an early lead off a solo home run in the fourth inning, and it remained 1-0, until a seventh-inning rally won the game for the Prospects.
Facing a last at-bat, the Prospects got clicking off a single from Bullard-Brook Hill’s, Blake Maddox. Sun Coast attempted to make a play on the hit and a miscue on the throw after Maddox, reached first base, allowing the Jacksonville native, Maddox to move to second base.
After an out, Bennie Colbert of Kilgore made up for a missed bunt attempt with a rope single, before both runners advanced on a passed ball.
Sun Coast elected to walk the next batter, Longview’s, Dezmond Chumbley to load the bases and put the Prospects pitcher at the plate.
Huff, drove a 0-2 pitch in the gap to right field to plate pinch-runner Camden Grant, and Colbert with the winning run of the game.
Huff had a sterling performance on the mound as well in a complete game outing, hurling seven strikeouts and walked only one, scattering out three hits, with the lone-run homer for Sun Coast.
Austin Truett was red-hot at the plate with a 3-for-3 game to pace the Prospects offense.
The team comprised of East Texas talent took a first win over Hard Knox, from Rockfort Ill. The locals then beat the Florida Bullets, 3-2, and the Miami Mudcats-Black, 12-4.
The Prospects will begin bracket play on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the Indianapolis (Ind.) Bats-Baseball Hit Factory-Black, from New York, New York game.
Team members for the Prospects include, Maddox and Daniel Priddy of Bullard-Brook Hill, Cal Ridling and Huff from Texarkana, Ark.- Genoa High School, Hunter Anderson and Mason Hassell of Van, and Kilgore’s, Bennie Colbert and Joseph Shepherd.
Also on the roster are Chumbley of Longview High School, Parker Towns of Tyler-All Saints, Austen Pruett from Grand Saline, Jarred Bayless from Texarkana-Pleasant Grove, Camden Grant of Prosper, Spring Hill’s, Nathan Methvin, Ryan Casey of Canton, and Derek Craft from Hawkins.
The Texas Prospects are coached by head coach, Jeff Casey, and his assistants, Tyler Clakely and Chase Brewster.
The Prospects are by no means new to the national tournament and titles, having made nine trips to the IBC World Series, winning the top honors six of those years.