By: Austin Alexander - November 10-11, 2012
On Saturday and Sunday, picture perfect weather covered Lexington High School and Diamond Prospects' Seventh Annual Fall Showcase. A full house of participants in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes were on hand to work out in front of 29 pro scouts and college coaches on a field that was in perfect condition. A solid mix of tunes rang out of the PA system as two sessions of players were paraded through 60's, a defensive workout, batting practice and closing with bullpens before the games opened on Saturday afternoon.
The theme of this weekend was all of the young prospects that emerged, names unknown to us and most scouts when we all arrived on Day 1. A heavy dose of sophomores, freshmen (Dillon's Duncan Callahan) and even one eighth-grader forced themselves into claiming "follow" status, some with upside that had us very excited... there were some juniors and seniors that enhanced their stock too.
DP High Five: Per usual, Lexington was a gracious host providing their immaculate facility that has under-gone a makeover from last year's event. The place could not have been a more accommodating site, Coach Brian Hucks and his entire support staff are always first-class and we sincerely thank them for opening their gates to DP again.
Relief Effort: Many of you may be aware of the situation that befell the in-laws of Lexington assistant coach John Berrian as they lost virtually everything in Hurricane Sandy on the shores of New Jersey. Lexington's concession stand made the generous decision to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to assist in their recovery. DP and Wildcat Baseball appreciates each of the many folks that decided to eat their meals at the ballpark and/or made direct donations to aid the cause.
Update: $1,865 was raised to assist the mission. Winners of the Oakley raffle were Craig King of Union and Kelly Pruitt of McColl.