Saturday, July 6, 2013
Brendon Case and Drew Yniesta will wear different jerseys when the high school baseball season rolls around but they have proven to be a nice combination for the S.C. Crush Major travel team this summer.
At the age of 13, Yniesta was a standout for the Fort Dorchester varsity baseball team last season. Meanwhile Case, now a rising eighth-grader at Dubose Middle School, was a contributor for the Summerville B-team.
This summer the two have held the one and two spots in a stout S.C. Crush batting lineup and turned some heads with their performances in the field. Case flashes the leather at shortstop and pitches for the Top 10 nationally ranked S.C. Crush team and Yniesta roams the outfield and pitches.
The S.C. Crush is comprised of players from around the state. Entering the prestigious BCS Perfect Game 13U Championship held in Fort Myers, Fla. late last month, the two Dorchester County athletes led the Crush in hitting. Both are batting around .550 for the year and have an on base percentage of over .650. Making their averages more impressive is the fact that this year their team has often played up in age division, entering 14U and 15 U tournaments.
The S.C. Crush was 7-0 in tournaments entering the Fort Myers showcase event that featured 60 teams from across the nation and Puerto Rico.
The team lived up to expectations in Florida, going 8-1 in the tournament to place fifth.
The S.C. Crush advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament with a 10-6 win over the Cincy Flames in the Sweet 16 round. Yniesta had two hits in the game, including a homerun off a 6-7, 240-pound pitcher. The ball sailed approximately 345 feet and tied the game. Case went 1 for 4 at the plate and drove in two runs.
The team’s run ended with an 8-0 loss to the Richmond Braves National in the quarterfinals.
Yniesta was named to the All-Tournament Team as both a hitter and a pitcher. In seven innings on the mound, he allowed no hits or earned runs.
Case didn’t make the All-Tournament Team, but had his share of highlights. He helped turn six double plays in the tournament and picked up two pitching wins.
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