By: Austin Alexander - August 13-15, 2010
Lightning, Heat, Rain, Fire Alarms become theme of '10 event
-Midwest remains undefeated to take crown-
This past weekend was a terrific celebration of high school baseball in South Carolina, again! Right around 100 college coaches and scouts, along with our state's top talent, flocked to USC's lavish digs on Friday for Opening Day of the 2010 Palmetto Games. With the Gamecocks brand new National Championship flag waving in centerfield, it served as the perfect backdrop to our all-star event!
This year's format had a championship flavor pitting players against each other that hail from their geographic region. Each team was guaranteed two games before seeding them 1 through 6 for the final day. The schedule also called for batting practice on the field, along with pre-game infield/outfield, and 60's on Saturday. Seems simple, right?
Mother Nature had different plans every single day...
On Friday night, the skies sent a hard jab from above, resulting in two lightning delays. Play resumed in an off-and-on manner that evening but Day 1 was eventually in the books with three final scores.
Day 2 had more surprises in store as the heavens sent bolts all over the Columbia area, creating more of a gas pedal/brake approach for much of the afternoon. In fact, our greatest source of levity/annoyance came with a 9-out fire alarm alert that was created by dust in the left-centerfield area. Certainly a DP first! If you were there when this happened, you understand. If you weren't, ask someone that was. But all-in-all, our race against the weather had us finish Game 6 just in time as the showers drove us from the field.
So, after two days, Sunday's championship pairings stood like this: #6 Northeast vs #5 Northwest, #4 Mideast vs #3 Southwest, #2 Southeast vs #1 Midwest
After sunny skies graced us during the first game on Sunday, we were against the weather clock again in Game 2, and fortunately were able to complete it, but heavy rain fell as the contest concluded.
With an 80 percent chance of showers for the rest of the day, and the field already under water, we had to regrettably halt play and cancel our championship game.
We were forced to hand out our player awards on the main concourse behind homeplate and the undefeated Midwest squad was declared the 2010 Palmetto Games champions. Over their two games of play, the Midwest outscored the opponents 16-7 en route to a 2-0 record.
We were pleased to have Mizuno onhand all weekend and to be the provider of our player accolades. Our top award winners were: Most Outstanding Player - Tanner English, St. James: Most Outstanding Pitcher - Taylor Guerrieri, North Augusta.
Our staff diligently worked to compile every angle of information from the event.
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The 2010 Palmetto Games saw a wealth of talent with a handsome number of scouts in attendance, thus making this weekend a successful event, even despite the weather! But we could not have pulled off the feat without a ton of help.
The DP staff would like to send out a giant fist-bump to the following:
Blue Cross-Blue Shield of South Carolina, Sleep Inn on Bush River Rd, Todd and Moore, Mizuno, AT&T, Time Warner, Uniform Work & Sport, The Trophy Shop of Conway, and the many coaches and scouts that braved the weather to stick around all three days...Last but not least, the University of South Carolina, Ray Tanner, his entire coaching staff and the assembled support staff that handled every single curveball that Mother Nature threw at us, again and again. Thank you to all for your support of prep hardball in South Carolina!