Eric Sorensen continues his season previews today for February 18th checking in on six conferences over the last two days. He checked in on the MEAC, MAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, and the Northeast conferences. Continue reading CSTV Season Previews for Feb. 18th
Baseball America has put out their Preseason All-American list lead by Justin Smoak (South Carolina) and Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt). Both players are expected to become top 5 picks in the 2008 MLB Draft in the springtime. Miami first baseman Yonder Alonso was the other corner infielder on the team leaving Brett Wallace (Arizona State) off the squad. The middle infielders are Gordon Beckham (UGA) and Jemile Weeks (Miami FL). The outfielders are teammates Kyle Russell and Jordan Danks of Texas. The team is filled out by Dennis Raben of Miami (FL). The biggest snub on the team is Dominic De La Osa (Vanderbilt). The pitching for the squad is led by Aaron Crow of Missouri after an unbelievable summer in the CCBL. The other pitchers are Christian Friedich of Eastern Kentucky, Brett Hunter of Pepperdine, Brian Matusz of San Diego, and Ryan Perry of Arizona. How is Jacob Thompson (UVA) left off the team? He has had two outstanding seasons in a very competitive ACC. Zach Putnam of Michigan is listed as the utility man after a strong NCAA tourney last season.
The East defeated the West by a score of 3-2 in the 45th annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game which took place in Wareham this year. The East team picked up all three runs in an exciting fourth inning. Yonder Alonso (Miami, FL) got a single with one out in the inning off of Christian Friedrich (Eastern Kentucky). He was driven in on a ringing triple by Gordon Beckham (Georgia) to get the East squad on the board. Beckham would then score on a wild pitch to put the East up 2-0 but the East was not finished in the fourth as Dennis Raben (Miami, FL) homered to finish off the scoring in the top of the inning. The West would respond in the bottom of the fourth with Matt Hague (Washington) scoring on a fielder’s choice. James Darnell (South Carolina) would homer later in the game but it was too late as the East was able to squeak out a 3-2 victory.
Dennis Raben was named the MVP for the East squad for hitting that homer and Aaron Crow (Missouri) of the West squad was named that team MVP for striking out all three batters in the first inning.