A team that included Fort Dorchester and Summerville representatives won the 2019 Palmetto Games.
Summerville coach Bo Charpia led the Southwest-Gold All-star Team to a 2-0 performance and the championship during the 12th annual Palmetto Games hosted by Diamond Prospects Aug. 10-11 at Founders Park on the University of South Carolina campus. Each summer Diamond Prospects invites some of the state’s most talented baseball players to compete and showcase their skills in the all-star event.
The Midwest All-stars also went 2-0 during the showcase, but the Southwest squad claimed the top team prize based on a run differential tie-breaker after plating 26 runs while surrendering only 10. Teams representing four other parts of the state also participated in the 2019 event.
Fort Dorchester rising senior Jalen Vasquez, who has verbally committed to playing his college ball for the Gamecocks, was named the 2019 Palmetto Games Most Outstanding Player.
“Jalen is a leader on the field and that carries over into any event he plays in,” Charpia said. “He had an excellent weekend all around. In game one he made an outstanding play in the 5-6 hole to throw a guy out. He also had big hits for our team in both games, which helped us go 2-0. South Carolina is getting a good one in Jalen Vasquez.”
The pitcher/shortstop also threw a scoreless inning for the Southwest-Gold All-stars, during which he hit the 90 MPH range.
Fort Dorchester’s Pat Monteith and Tyler Christmas and Berkeley’s Rhett Legette were among other Lowcountry representatives on the Southwest-Gold team. All the players competed in front of more than 125 college coaches and professional scouts.