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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!"

4A Finals: Game One

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Barnes-Charlie-break4A State Championship: Sumter at Northwestern

Opening game of the 4A State Championship series was on the slate tonight and DP was right up in the middle of it as Northwestern hosted Sumter. Both clubs have had solid runs this season and look to close it out with a ring. Sumter’s Charlie Barnes was set to square off against Northwestern’s Eric Taylor. First pitch was 7:00 and weather couldn’t have been better.

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Fox Creek at St. Joseph's

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Stamler-Ryan-releaseDP double dipped tonight catching 1A Upper State winners bracket game between Fox Creek vs. St. Joseph’s at 5:00 then shot over to Wren HS as they hosted Greenville to kick off the 3A Upper State. We feasted our eyes on solid committed arms and found a young pup in the process. Weather was picture perfect for baseball as we arrived at 4:00. To the game…

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3A District III Title Game: BHP at Eastside

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Mitchell-Graham-stanceThe 3A District III playoffs received the nod tonight for DP over at Eastside HS as the Eagles hosted Belton-Honea Path Bears (BHP). The Eagles made a run in 2013, making it to the Upper State Championships and look to put themselves in position again this year. BHP needed to take two games from Eastside to advance and they had their horse’s lineup ready to go. Heavy thunderstorms came through and dumped on the field with more lingering as the night progressed. Baseball was played and a District champion was crowned.

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York Co. Tour: 1 Nite, 3 Parks, 6 Clubs, Players Galore

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HartDupree-Inf13-4A District Championship York County Tour: 6 Teams, 3 Games, 90+ Players in 7 Hours-

If only every night could be as successful as this one was! This is what ‘Barry’s Bytes’ was intended for. I feasted my eyes on 90+ players in a span of 7 hours. There aren’t too many places you can go in the spring and be able to lay eyes on that many players. Fortunately there were three 4A District Championship games within twenty minutes of each other and it just so happened to work out that I got around to all three.

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River Bluff at Eastside

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White-Zach-stanceDP witnessed a solid playoff game in 3A tonight as the Eastside Eagles hosted River Bluff Gators in the winner’s bracket game in District III. The winner advances to the District Championship as the loser will host Belton-Honea Path on Wednesday. Weather has been picture perfect through the playoffs so far and the remainder of the week looks promising as well!

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Saluda at Chesnee

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Thompson-TristenDP dipped into the upper state 2A’s winner’s bracket tonight as the Chesnee Eagles hosted Saluda Tigers. The Eagles are favorites once again in the 2A this season coming off a state championship a year ago. The Tigers come in as the number two seed and are looking for an upset to put them in the District Championship game. Another great day at the ballpark with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s.

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RIver Bluff at Union

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Opening round of the 3A playoffs began across theYoderTig-sign14 state tonight and DP had two of the upstate games covered. Taylor Black went down to Emerald to see their matchup against Travelers Rest and I took the trip down highway 176 to Timken Park where the Union Yellow Jackets hosted River Bluff Gators. Union holds the one seed after winning their fourth consecutive Region I-3A title. River Bluff is a new school in the Columbia area that got into the playoffs as the four seed and is an extremely young club. Let’s jump straight into the game…

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Nation Ford at Dorman

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Hunt-Clay-fieldingOpening rounds of the post-season began across the state in 1A, 2A, and 4A tonight. 3A kicks things off Friday night which allows DP the opportunity to cover quite a few games. We were out and about at two locations here in the upstate and I decided to stay local to catch Dorman vs Nation Ford. Weather was clear but wind was blowing straight out to leftfield and Dorman’s field was like playing on concrete which altered the game. To the action…

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