The Seacoast United Pirates Baseball Club traveled to Fort Myers, Florida during the week of October 7th-October 12th to attend the 14th Annual Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship. Perfect Game has been known as one of the largest amateur baseball scouting services in the world. The WWBA is Perfect Game’s wood bad division, used to promote high school players abilities to college and professional scouts. The tournament was attended by 246 teams and over 100 college/professional coaches from around the country, with Seacoast United Pirates as the only team representing New Hampshire. Pirates’ players were fortunate enough to play at three different professional spring training complexes including the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays.
The Pirates took 14 players to the tournament looking to showcase their abilities. Players included Coe Brown juniors Brody Ashley and Alex Bussiere; Portsmouth sophomores Dylan Chase, Peyton Goodrich, Max Malila, and juniors Kyle Maurice and Nathan Rand; Dover sophomores Ryan Coleman, Sam LaChance, and freshman Axel Post; Exeter juniors Nathan Verge, Owen Willis, and freshman Garret Roberts (Fr. Exeter); and Salem junior David Robertson.
Seacoast United opened up their schedule on Thursday against the Taconic Rangers (NY). Brody Ashley started on the mound. Ashley threw a complete game shutout with 6 strikeouts for the Pirates grabbing a 1-0 victory. The club’s lone run was scored after back to back singles from Axel Post and Alex Bussiere. Ryan Coleman followed up with a ground ball to the short stop and with a hard slide into second base. Post was able to force a throw out of play scoring Bussiere.
Game 2 was played against the 2014 WWBA champion Virginia Cardinals who had a complete roster of potential and committed Division I recruits, some of which committed to Virginia Tech, VCU, and Virginia. The Pirates fell to the Cardinals 10-0. Nathan Rand led the Pirates with 2 hits.
On Saturday the Pirates came into the day with a 1-1 record and a chance to advance to the playoff round, ready to face Ostingers Baseball Academy (FL) who also held a 1-1 record. Nathan Verge took the mound for the Pirates and threw a strong 4 innings. Unfortunately the team came up short in 5-0 loss. Owen Willis contributed with 2 hits (single, double).
The final day of competition for the Pirates was Sunday, when they faced the Triton Rays (FL/AL) in a consolation game at Charlotte Co (Rays) Complex. Kyle Maurice shut the Rays down for the first 3 innings allowing no runs recording 3 strikeouts. Down 4-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning the Pirates rallied, scoring 3 runs with the help of 2 RBI’s from Maurice. Unable to rally in the bottom of the 7th, the Pirates were defeated by the Rays 4-3. David Roberston collected 2 hits for the Pirates.
“Playing against some of the best competition in the country was a great experience for our players,” said program Director Scott Dubben. “This group of players have raised the bar for our program and I am very proud of the way they represented Seacoast United Pirates on and off the field. It is certainly an opportunity we are going to give our players each year.”
When asked about the trip, Kyle Maurice responded, “I thought the overall experience of the trip was excellent! The competition and the facilities were some of the best that I’ve seen. Playing in front of college coaches and scouts was really fun.”
Learn more about the Seacoast United Pirates Baseball Club and programs online at www.seacoastunited.com/baseball.