By: Will Cheatham - August 10, 2010
On the brink of the 2010 Palmetto Games, Diamond Prospects decided to dust off the scorebooks from the previous two years, compute some figures and give everyone a little incite to the past and maybe some into the future. Even with 2009 being the first year that a true winner was declared, there is one team that has been at the top of each statistical category that we calculated.
2008 was the first year the Palmetto Games was held and the event took place at "The Sarge" on the campus of the University of SC. This was an event that, we at DP were looking forward to, and hoping that it would become what it has today. Only a two-day event, the teams played just two games and there was not an out right winner declared. Both the Northwest and Northeast teams went 1-0 with a tie when they played each other. The NW team led the games in hits as a team as well as HR's as a team this year. The NE team dominated the defensive side of the ball with 21 strikeouts and an ERA of just 1.06 in 17 innings pitched.
In 2009 we had a slightly different story. The Northwest team came to play and it showed. They took home the title with a 3-0 record and led in every offensive category besides HR's where they tied with 1. Even with the second highest walk total on the weekend, they were able to strand runners on base and had the second best ERA at 2.25 over the 20 innings played.
If you look into what will become of this 2010 Palmetto Games, the Northwest team will be going for their fifth consecutive win in the nightcap on Friday. In the 3:30 game, coach Andy Hallett will be trying to take the Mideast into the win column for the first time in two years. If you scroll through the rosters of the 2010 teams, this year could be one of the most competitive year from the lower to the upper state. Expect a strong turn out from the scouting side of things, again, and be sure to come out and support your area.