After a few weeks off the Jaw Bats Series of the Week is back, and this may be one of the biggest of the year. Putting one of the Best Pitching Teams in the Country against one of the Best hitting Teams in the Country. Both teams have a 40-10 Recording coming into the weekend. Both have been ranked nationally, both have been in the Top 5 at different times and both currently are in the Top 10.
Those two teams are #3 South Mountain (40-10) and #6 Central Arizona (40-10).
To add to this series both these teams play in an All wood bat league and are still putting up impressive numbers.
For South Mountain, it has been one of their best seasons in recent years drawing a lot of comparison to their last trip to Grand Junction in 2005 where they finished 6th. Coming into this week they are riding a 16 game win-streak while going 29-3 over their last 32 games all three losses coming by 1 run. They have had Hug wins over Southern Nevada, Southern Idaho, Arizona Western, Cochise and Central Arizona (they split last time they played).
Offensively they are hitting .273, They are 12th in the Country in Triples with 23, 7th in Sac Hits with 33, and 10th in the country in Stolen Bases with 110. Be on the lookout for these guys to have a big impact at the plate this week:
Fr OF Connor Kimple- .378 BA, 9 2B, 6 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 13 SB
Fr INF Juan Colato- .361 BA, 13 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 12 SB
So OF Alonso Bibiano (Uncommitted)- .324 BA, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 29 RBI, 12 SB
On the mound, this is one of the best staffs in the country. 3rd in the country in Team Ks with 450, 5th in Team ERA at 2.57, and 13th in Batting Avg Against at .227. These are the guys they will have on the mound this weekend:
Game 1- So RHP Keegan McCarville (Santa Clara Commit)- 6-3, 75.2 IP, 12 BB, 94 K’s (1st in Conference, 3rd in the country), 2.50 ERA
Game 2- SO LHP Jeff Griffith (Uncommitted)- 8-0, 65.1 IP, 37 BB, 63 K’s, 1.10 ERA (2nd in Conference 4th in the Country)
Out of the pen, they have arguably the best closer in the country in Tallon Thomason (UNLV Commit) 3-0 14 SV (Country Save Leader), 26.2 IP, 12 BB, 31 K’s, 1.01 ERA
Central Arizona Started off to one of the Hottest starts in the country. Sweeping the Coyote Border Battle, and winning their first 14 games. Outside of Conference, they are a perfect 20-0. They have had big wins over Southern Nevada and South Mountain. Central Arizona has a good history of reaching Grand Junction, Going 5 times most recently in 2011 with 2 National
Championships (1976 and 2002).
At the Plate, these guys know how to get it done. 5th in the country in Hits with 514, 6th in the Country in Doubles with 110, 4th in the Country in Triples, 9th in the country in Sac Flies, 2nd in the Country in Stolen Bases. At the plate this weekend look for these guys to continue to have big years:
So INF Alix Garcia (Ok State Commit)- .379 BA, 16 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 55 RBI, 7 SB
So OF Jake Vänder Wal (Long Beach State commit)- .354 BA,13 2B, 7 HR, 43 RBI 8 SB
FR INF Ernny Ordonez- .391 BA, 16 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 42 RBI, 7 SB
To go with the impressive Offense the Staff is just as good. 2nd in the Country in Team K’s with 453, 4th in the Country in Team ERA at 2.49, 5th in Batting AVG Against at .212 and 3rd in the Country in Shutouts with 12. On the mound look for these guys to pitch:
Game 1- Fr RHP Jason Nelson- 5-0, 53.0 IP, 29 BB, 80 K’s (14th in the Country), 3.57 ERA
Game 2- FR RHP RJ Dabovich- 7-3, 58.0 IP, 28 BB, 51 K’s, 1.86 ERA (17th in the Country)
Out of the pen look for them to us SO LHP Joe Standley (Uncommitted) 2-3 3 SV, 34.2 IP, 9 BB,45 K’s, 1.56 ERA or SO RHP Matt Dalke (Utah Valley Commit) 2-0, 3 SV, 21.1 IP, 12 BB, 24 K’s, .84 ERA whenever they get i a late-inning jam or looking to close out the game.
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