Champion: Maryland Monarchs (MD)
Runner-up: Allen Baseball (TX)
Final Game Score: Maryland Monarchs 6 vs. Allen Baseball 0
MVP: Sean Miller – Maryland Monarchs
Batting Champion: Tom Labriola – Maryland Monarchs
Sportmanship Award: Chaney Baseball (MD)
Recap: By Dave Link, Freelance writer for Knoxnews.com
The Maryland Monarchs completed a memorable four days in Knoxville on Sunday.
Austin Clark fired a three-hitter and the Monarchs posted a 6-0 victory over Allen Baseball of Houston, Texas, in the championship game of NABF High School World Series at Tennessee's Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Monarchs went 6-0 in the Sophomore World Series.
Monarch’s Right fielder Tom Labriola was the World Series batting champion — hitting .470 (8-of-17) for the tournament — and eight other Monarchs were chosen to the all-tournament team.
Among them were pitchers Clark, Joe Benitez, and Matt Golenzki, and catcher Lee Lipinski.
"I thought we'd pitch and play defense," Steve Miller said. "I didn't know about the bats. We scattered enough across the plate to win ballgames."
In Final Four games earlier Sunday, Allen Baseball beat the St. Louis Stallions (Mo.) 5-4, and the Monarchs advanced with a 3-1 victory over Gaithersburg Post 295.
Allen Baseball trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh and won the game on Santiago Villanueva's RBI single.
Allen coach Matt Coulson said his team was gassed after the semifinal.
"We were completely worn out," he said. "We were done. They fought hard. We came back (Saturday) and we came back again tough (Sunday)."
Allen Baseball, which went 6-2 in the tournament, knocked off two-time defending champion Virginia Barnstormers 6-3 in the Final Eight on Saturday afternoon. The Barnstormers led 3-0 before Allen scored six in the sixth inning.
"We battled all the way through this tournament, but that's the kind of stuff we do down in Texas and that's what our program is based about," Coulson said. "We don't ever give up, we never give in one time. I couldn't be more proud of my guys right now."
2011 HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
1B Seth Petter Allen Baseball
2B Derek Paddie Allen Baseball
P Elio Sequea Allen Baseball
OF Kyle Mims Allen Baseball
UT Lane Eliff Allen Baseball
9am 18u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Win)
11am 18u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Tie)
1pm 17u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Win)
1pm 15u Team at Baytown Sterling HS (Win)
5pm 17u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Win)
7pm 15u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Lost)
Sunday June 3
11am 17u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Win)
1pm 18u Team at Baytown Lee HS (Win)
18u Finals at 3pm best two records ABC 18u 5-2 over ABC 17
Be there one hour before game time. Blue shirts on Saturday, Grey Sunday. Text me with your status for this weekend. Wood bat for older team, BBCOR for 15u.
2013 CF Steven Stacy, Seven Lakes HS after HR in the NABF 17u World Series.
Congratulations to the 17u team who finished second place in the 17u NABF World Series in Knoxville Tennessee.
The 17u Team won their pool going 4-1 and finished in the top 8 teams at the World Scout League World Finals in Jupiter Fla. One of the highlights was a 3-2 win over national power Chet Lemons Juice, who did bounce back to win the over all championship. A great job by all the players and parents.
16u team goes 4-0 this weekend for 1st place
Congrats to RHP Brett Marshall, Baytown Sterling HS who has been added to the New York Yankee 40-man. Marshall, 22, spent the 2012 season with Double-A Trenton, going 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA (158.1IP, 62ER) and a team-leading 120K in 27 starts. Marshall was originally selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft
RHP Greg Belton, CF Caleb Kroon and out of the pic but in LF Chase Weaver all three on the field at Angelina College. A great day for not only them but this proud coach.
LHP Cody Myrick and RHP Jordan Marah, UT Tyler
Not a bad two years of work boys. Congrats and best of luck.
2013 OF Mitch Henshaw, Conroe HS signs with SFA.
2013 OF Seth Petter, Conroe HS gives verbal to Seminole State College in OK
2013 1B Jonathan Silva, Klien Collins HS gives verbal to Wayne State College. (Jr Year Only)
2013 OF Brayson Longman, Seven Lakes HS signs with Angelina College.
2013 IF/RHP Jeremy Rice, CE King HS commits to Southwestern University.
2013 RHP Joseph Riley, Alvin HS has given his verbal to Alvin CC.
2013 C Cody Conn, Montgomery Co. HS has signed with Williams Baptist College in Arkansas.
2013 RHP Cameron Linck, Kingwood Park HS has signs with Hill College
2013 IF Austin Frick, Katy HS commits to Texas Lutheran University.
2013 OF/LHP Seth Hill, Sealy HS commits to Mary Hardin Baylor University.
2013 RHP Justin Ramsey, commits to Missouri Valley College
2013 IF Derek Paddie, Baytown Sterling HS committed to Crowder College.
2013 LHP Cameron Charman, Seven Lakes HS committed to Angelina College
2013 1B Charles Berzins, Home School has signed with Ecclesia College in Springfield AR. (JR Year Only)
2013 C Travis White, Alvin HS, commits to Texas Lutheran University
2013 OF Steven Stacy, Seven Lakes HS committed to Wayland Baptist University.
2013 UTI Kyle Saul, Klein Collins HS commits to Texas Wesleyan University.
2013 RHP Coleman Butler, Dulles HS Commits to Ranger College (SR Year Only)
2013 OF Jordan Wyatt, Pasadena Memorial HS commits to SFA (JR Year Only)
2013 LHP Cameron Charman, Seven Lakes, Angelina College (JR year only)
17u and 18u rained out for tonight
16u Gray Team
18u Team Wins
18u Finish Strong
Class of 2009
16u 2009 USABFSenior World Series
NABF All Tournament Team Awards
1st Team All Tournament
SS Greg Belton
2nd Team All Tournament
CF Santiago Villanueva
Also please note that Christian Rivera was 6-10 with 2 HRS, 2 2BS, 3 BB and 2 HPB but did not make it because he needed 12 at bats and the HBP and BBs did not count towards his ABS, but he was outstanding and one of the most feared hitters in the tournament. He also was tied for the lead with the most HRS in the tournament at 2.
17u and 18u Weekend update
17u Team #1 Pool Seed 3-0 advanced to Championship Game
18u Blue Team #1 Pool Seed 3-0 advanced to Chanpionship Game
18u Blue Team wins over the 17u Team by one run. Finishes 4-0
Allen Baseball Club finished 7-1 this weekend with a first and second place.
Conroe’s Greg Belton tries to turn a double play against Oak Ridge during a game in Belton’s sophomore season with the Tigers. Belton recently hit .480 in the Junior Sunbelt Classic All Star tournament in McAlester, Okla.
By Keith MacPherson
Given a days notice about an All Star tournament played in a state away, Greg Belton didn’t have time be nervous.
So when Conroe coach Frank Romero called Belton early in the morning the day before the Junior Sunbelt Classic baseball tournament in McAlester, Okla., Belton and his family adjusted their schedules and went for it.
The six hour trip that began at 5 a.m. paid off for Belton whose bat sizzled throughout the 14th edition of the tournament that hosts some of the top high school juniors from nine different states and Canada and gives players a chance to hone their skills against some of the top competition in the nation.
“It was pretty cool,” Belton said. “I didn’t think I had the greatest year but when I found out they selected me, I was pretty happy about it.”
Belton didn’t disappoint either. He would hit .480 in 25 at bats including two home runs, 10 RBIs and five runs scored while playing for team Texas. After the tournament he was rewarded by being named to the All-Tournament team.
“I was completely focused the whole time,” Belton said. “I was seeing the ball really well. It was like they couldn’t throw anything by me.”
Belton and team Texas would represent that state well in the tournament, finishing in fourth place out of 11 teams.
During the 2010 season Belton showed signs of power including hitting a moon shot in the team’s season-opening win over Alief Elsik but the two home runs kind of came as a surprise he admitted.
“The first pitcher was throwing kind of slow so I was trying to stay back. I think I kind of got lucky on that one,” Belton said. “The second one was a fastball inside and I was able to hit it over the left field wall.”
One thing that isn’t a surprise for Romero is the success that Belton had at the tournament.
“He’s been working really hard,” Romero said. “I think back to when he was a freshman and talking to him about what he had to do to get better. We knew he had to get stronger and faster. You see him now and it’s obvious he’s done those things.”
Romero said that the added pressure of playing against some of the best players in the country only helped Belton’s confidence.
“I think anytime you’re in a situation like that where you’re playing the best of the best, it brings the best out of you,” he said.
The versatile Belton spent most of the 2010 season playing shortstop and a little time on the mound but found himself on the hot corner at third base during the tournament.
With the tournament past him, Belton will play the remainder of the summer with the Allen Baseball Club but the surprise call for the All Star tournament in Oklahoma is something he’ll always remember.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I had a great time. I just went up there and played the best baseball I could.”
18u Grey Team where rained out. No games played.
18u Blue Team finished 5-1 finished in the great 8.
Over all a very strong week in Omaha for the Allen Baseball Club. Our teams went a combined 9-2, but as always we did it with hard work and with class. Great job boys. Have a safe trip home and I'll see you soon.