18U Arizona Tour 2013 - Game 9
Tour Game 9 – Kansas City Royals Scout Team (California)
AZ Fall Classic Game 5
The coaches of both teams decided to send five batters to the plate every inning (even after 3 outs had been recorded) so that all the players would get more at-bats in front of the large number of college coaches and pro scouts that had gathered for this important showcase for both teams’ players.
New Zealand outfielder Khalid Gilbert led off the game today with a hard hit ball to the shortstop, who bobbled the ball allowing Gilbert to reach first base. Dewald de Klerk and Jerome Raemaki followed with back to back hits off the Royals starting pitcher, who was throwing 90 mph-plus, which scored 2 runs—a great start against a strong Kansas City Royals Scout Team.
Jimmy Boyce started on the mound for the Junior Diamondblacks today and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs in the first inning. But the younger of the two talented Boyce siblings made the necessary adjustment and only gave up 1 hit over the next 3 innings, an outstanding performance against a quality opponent.
In the 5th inning Boyce gave up 3 hits and only 1 more run, and New Zealand’s bats came alive in the home half of the inning with another hit from Raemaki, followed by a single off the bat of junior college ballplayer Scott Drinkwater.
Reede Fowler came on in the 6th inning and pitched 2 strong innings, giving up only 1 hit and 1 earned run. In the 6th inning veteran infielder Luke Hansen ripped a hard single, and picked up a walk in the 8th inning.
6’ 4” righthander Sam Harvey came on to pitch the final two innings, and started things off with a strikeout, followed by three flyball outs and a hit in his first inning. He finished the game by giving up two runs in the final inning.
Perth Heat development squad shortstop Iranui Holthausen had a great at-bat in the 9th inning and worked a walk to finish New Zealand’s day at the plate.
Against a very strong Kansas City Royals-sponsored team, New Zealand’s best put on a show for the scouts and college coaches, with many solid performances at the plate, in the field and on the mound.
The team’s top hitter today was Jerome Raemaki, who hit the ball hard every at bat and picked up a couple of hits, and Luke Hansen was excellent in the field with 4 put-outs, starting a sensational double play.
Tomorrow is the team’s final tournament game against the Arizona Prowlers.
The team will then travel to Glendale Community College to play the college team and receive a campus tour to wind up the games on the schedule. They’ll have a relaxed day prior to boarding the plane back to Auckland, with a number of the USA-based players returning back to their schools after tomorrow’s final Fall Classic game.