The American team captured the PRO-DAY Gulf Coast Team Showcase championship with a 3-2 win July 9 at the Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., thanks to a bit of help from Highland Rebel standout Kolby King.
The American squad, which was composed of high school players from Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi, played a three-game series against the National team in the three-day event.
Arizona Diamondbacks scout Bill Earnhart, along with Allen Swindle, a former pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds organization, coached the Nationals, which consisted mostly of players from Georgia and Florida.
With the series tied at one game apiece, the last game of the series was the rubber match. An Alabama player slapped a one-out single to left in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the American squad going.
King followed with a sharp single to right to put runners on first and second. Then both runners moved up on a passed ball before another team member delivered the game-winning hit.
"It was an exciting game and weekend," said American Coach Donnie Crawford, who is the head baseball coach at Stilman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. "It's always great to come to an event that PRO-DAY puts on. I seem to always find players here to follow throughout their high school career."
Longtime Florida State University advanced-hitting instructor Mat Robinson, who helped coach the winning team, said, "What a great place to find players at this PRO-DAY Gulf Coast Team Showcase."