Rays 17U Land Nine on WWBA All-Tournament Team
GRB Rays 17U recently concluded an impressive run at the Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championships in Atlanta, GA. The largest and most competitive event in the country, the Rays advanced to the final 64 out of 386 teams. Sweeping through pool play going 4-0, the Rays reserved a spot in bracket play where they were knocked off by Chet Lemon’s Juice.
The success in Atlanta was recently recognized by Perfect Game as the Rays placed nine players on the All-Tournament team. Four Rays position players were included featuring a pair of Division I commits. Catcher Nate Stevens (Arkansas) and outfielder Alan Roden (Creighton) had hot bats the entire event as they anchored the middle of the Rays lineup. Two currently uncommitted left handed hitters were also included being Tanner Kohlhepp and Cal Nowak. Kohlhepp, one of the top uncommitted players in the country currently, gained huge interest both at the plate as well as on the mound for the Rays. Nowak showcased his speed in the Rays outfield paired with a left handed swing which produced hard contact all event.
On the bump, Rays pitchers were not to be outdone by the hitters as they placed five on the All-Tournament team. Randon Dauman (Ohio), Cedric Girard (Illinois State), and Zach Gustafson (East Carolina) are three Division I commits that found their name on the list. Gustafson of Eau Claire, WI, a recent commit to the Pirates was electric on the mound in his two appearances, with his second outing being part of a no-hitter. A duo of uncommitted arms showed well at the event and helped the Rays advance into bracket play. Righty Trevor Tietz of Watertown, WI continued his great summer as he only allowed one run in his start. Southpaw Jake Schellpfeffer (Mayville, WI) proved to be tough out of the Rays bullpen as he did not allow an earned run in his two appearances.