Deer Valley’s Jordan Gough, Tyler Vistalli and Marcus Wise and Freedom’s Joe Starick and Shea Sbranti provided standout moments for college and pro scouts at the six-team, 144-player tournament in San Luis Obispo.
The Deer Valley trio won the Bay Area World Series Championship as members of the Contra Costa team that defeated the North Bay team 11-9.
Vistalli and Wise were named to the All-BAWS team, which tournament organizer Blaine Clemmens said should have included Gough. Wise also claimed the Spalding Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award, which Clemmens said he topped off with a beautiful catch in the outfield.
Clemmens also praised Wise as a pinch runner. “He had a great event,” Clemmens said. “He was a frequent runner when guys walked. It’s supposed to be the last guy who made an out, but he beat them to the punch and hustled out there. That’s something that I know the scouts and coaches notice.”
Gough was among several catchers displaying Division I potential, but showed the best glove-to-hand transfer. While hitting isn’t his strength, he went 3-for-4 in the series, drawing several walks.
Vistali pitched the final two innings in the semifinal game to put his team in the final. Scouts in attendance said they enjoyed the way Vistali mixed his pitches.
Starick and Sbranti thrived despite being put on different teams. Starick notched two hits in his final game and also made a nice play in the outfield. Sbranti’s bat wowed scouts, who were also impressed with his glove work since he is new to the position.
“The throws were quick and his arm was accurate,” Clemmens said. “He will continue to get better in that part of the game. I really loved the way he handled the bat. He knows what he is as a hitter. He’s got a short, pesky swing and would be a great two-hole hitter. He’s just a tough out.”
In total, roughly 20 scouts were in attendance in San Luis Obispo. Since the event’s inception in 2004, more than 40 percent of participants have gone on to play college baseball at a Division I school.
“These kids are being seen by the right people,” Clemmens said. “They’re working hard to get noticed and keep their grades up. They really deserved this chance.”