GBC Prepstars advance to World Wood Bat Championship Round

GBC beat Team Elite this morning 2-1 to win their pool and advance to the
Championship round of 32 that will begin Sunday morning. Advancing to the top 32 in
the field of 192 of the best teams in the nation was our initial goal, but now that
we have advanced and have our best pitcher ready to start the single elimination
round on Sunday, we are not ready to come home yet.

This morning GBC faced Team Elite who have over 10 players going to play at Ga Tech,
Georgia, and Florida. Zac Joyce (2011 E. Forsyth) was on the mound and the college
coaches took note – over 15 in attendance. The starting pitcher for Team Elite is
headed to Ga Tech in the fall and was consistently at 91-93 with very good off
speed.

In the top of the 1st, Team Elite was able to take a 1-0 lead on a misplayed fly
ball, but GBC answered in the bottom of the 1st when Casey Jones (Elon Commit) lead
off with a double to rc, Cal Sutphin (LIberty) moved him to third and he scored to
tie it at one on Brock Hudgens’ (UNCC Commit) two out single up the middle.

The game had numerous ESPN highlights as both pitchers dominated the game. In the
bottom of the 5th, GBC got a single by Joe Turkson (Campbell commit) and a walk to
Jonathan Bethea (HPCA), and with two outs Cal Sutphin laced a line drive to right
center that the centerfielder caught with a full out dive.

In the top of the 6th Team Elite had a runner on 2nd with two outs and Ga Tech
commit Paul Kroenigfield (Greensboro Native) up at the plate, he hit a soft line
drive over the head of Shortstop Cal Sutphin that appeared to put Team Elite ahead
but Sutphin matched the full out dive to save a run and come up with the catch.

In the bottom of the 6th Sawyer Highfill (Grimsley) lead off with a double down the
LF line, Brock Hudgens got into an 0-2 hole but fought off the 2 strike pitch to get
his second rbi of the day and put GBC up 2-1 heading to the 7th.

Zac Joyce gave up a one out single in the 7th but got the last two outs to send GBC
in the Championship round.

GBC will face the East Cobb Yankees who are also loaded with players heading to Ga Tech, Georgia, Florida and LSU, this tourney is the greatest and we hope to move on Sunday morning.