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By: Barry Mabry - Upstate

BarrysBytes-logo2"Over the past five years I have been trying to figure out a way to see every high school team in my area during the spring season. Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful. Every year I seem to leave out a handful of schools which in essence, I am missing out on a large amount of players. I feel my job is to identify next level talent and relay it over to college/profesqqsional scouts so they can do their jobs. A collection of us have brainstormed and have come up with a way for me to try and lay eyes on as many players as possible, hence the introduction of "Barry's Bytes". This will be a blog that I will update daily/bi-daily for our subscribers. I will be bouncing around various high schools and instead of covering games; I will be on a talent search. The goal is to hit multiple spots on a given night. In this blog you will find everything from prospect info to my personal thoughts on an array of topics ranging from standout concession stands and peak performers to the most polite gate attendants and umpire gaffes, also any random thought that crosses through my brain will be fair game! Have an open mind and hope you guys enjoy my two cents. See you at the park!"

JL Mann vs Laurens

  • Written by Barry Mabry

NicholsHank-balance14Today was officially opening day for MLB which just makes life better. This spring has been horrible so far weather-wise, but today was about as picture perfect as one could ask for. Here in the upstate the sun was out and temperatures got up to almost 80 degrees. The remainder of the week looks good as well for a full slate of baseball to be played/made up. Tonight was a single game between JL Mann versus Laurens.

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Spartanburg at Gaffney

  • Written by Austin Alexander

By: Barry Mabry - March 28, 2014

PetersonBlake-bal13DP dropped back in on Region II-AAAA tonight as the Gaffney Indians hosted the Spartanburg Vikings. Finally some warm and dry weather has crept back into the upstate but it doesn’t look good for the weekend. Cameron Farley squared off against Vikings Blake Peterson (right).

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Clinton at Woodruff

  • Written by Barry Mabry

Crazy cold weather with snow flurries greeted DP at Woodruff HS tonight as the Wolverines hosted the Clinton Red Devils. It didn’t take long to decide a winner as this affair was over in a tidy 90 minutes.

Lawson-Graham-Clinton clips Woodruff in a quicky-

Woodruff drew first blood in the bottom half of the first frame. Starting pitcher Graham Lawson (pictured) helped his own cause with an RBI-double over the first baseman’s head. Clinton answered right back to tie the game in the second inning off an error by the second baseman.

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Gaffney at Byrnes

  • Written by Barry Mabry

SEubanksAlex-sign13ingle game tonight for this scout as I dropped in on Region II-AAAA action between the Byrnes Rebels and Gaffney Indians. Spring is here and the weather in the upstate reflects it.

-Game Recap-

Byrnes’ Hunter Hernandez went head-to-head with Gaffney’s Zach Wood. Hernandez helped his own cause in the bottom half to put the Rebels up 1-0 with his RBI single. Alex Vazquez extended Byrnes’ lead with a sacrifice fly in the second but the Indians cut it back to a one run game in the top half of the third with Luke Lancaster’s single.

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Greenwood at TL Hanna

  • Written by Barry Mabry & Taylor Black

Baseball finally got underway after rain saturated the entire upstate over the past two days. DP feasted their eyes on a Region 1-AAAA matchup between Greenwood Eagles and TL Hanna Yellow Jackets. There has been some chatter about Hanna’s Adam Hill and we wanted to see what all of it was about.

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Common Misperception

  • Written by Barry Mabry

-Common Misperception-

Loving your son is expected by all parents. Being your son’s agent is another. I can’t tell you the misperception there is between knowing if your son projects as a college baseball player and if so, what level of baseball that is. Not every kid can play in the SEC or ACC. That’s the beauty of having other levels. 

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Tips for the Young Arm

  • Written by Barry Mabry

-Tips for the Young Arm-

I want to touch on some areas of improvement for HS pitchers. Besides the fact I see way too many guys that pick at the zone instead of pounding the zone; here are a couple of tips for young arms out there.

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SMC Skipper nearing Milestone

  • Written by Barry Mabry

-SMC Skipper nearing milestone-

WallaceT-tractorSpartanburg Methodist Skipper Tim Wallace sits one win away from 1000 after taking two from #4 Walters State this afternoon (Right, sitting atop his beloved Connie). DP decided to take a breather from high school action tonight and post up at SMC for their DH to refresh the eyes.

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