By: Austin Alexander - October 31-November 1
Host teams roll to four wins in first Border Battle
Perfect weather in Charleston greeted some of the top talent from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for the first South Atlantic Border Battle. Premier players in the junior and senior classes from these three states collided at Patriots Point for a two-day exhibition in front of a solid showing of college coaches and pro scouts.
After a very quick opener, plenty of offense became the theme for the remainder of the event as runs paraded across the plate in bulk over the next five contests.
Each club took two rounds of batting practice before their first game, one with wood, the other with aluminum. It could be said that their third round of BP lasted for 14 innings per team. Though there was a surplus of quality pitchers that toed the slab, the College of Charleston's ballpark did nothing to lose its reputation as a hitter's paradise!
Some stellar performances of note came from the arm and bat of LSU commit Jake Cave (VA 2011), Florida commit Joshua Tobias (NC 2011), C of C commit Jared Huffman (SC 2011, right) and uncommitted junior from Sumter Bruce Caldwell.
This event will also be remembered for a high volume of balls that were lost in the sun or high sky...and the emergence of gnats on Saturday that had fans swatting "no see'ums" for much of the day!
But in the end, the first Border Battle served as a tremendous celebration of high school baseball in three states that are perennial powers in amateur baseball.
Stay tuned to DP as we break down the games that South Carolina teams participated in while logging prospect info on some of the top performers...
View Now: SC 10's 4 NC 10's 2
View Now: SC 11's 11 VA 11's 9
View Now: SC 10's 18 VA 10's 2
View Now: SC 11's 10 NC 10's 8
Note: Team SC 11's pictured top, Team SC 10's pictured bottom.
Kudos! We'd like to extend a special thanks to the following for their support and help with this event: Monte Lee, Brent Walsh plus the rest of C of C support staff, Sleep Inn of Mt. Pleasant, Embassy Suites of North Charleston, Sticky Fingers, AT&T, Time Warner, Wells Fargo, In the Game Athletics, Uniform Work & Sport