There were several memorable moments (many of which can be seen by following @conorglassey on Twitter), but the highlight of the day was Redmond (Wash.) High righthander Dylan Davis striking out all six batters he faced over two innings of work.
Davis' four-seam fastball was sitting 92-93 mph and touched 94. He also mixed in a slider in the 81-84 range. His slider is a little short, like a cutter, and he also throws a two-seam fastball and an occasional changeup.
"I was mainly using my four-seam, two-seam and my slider," Davis said. "The changeup I threw it a couple times, but it wasn't working well, so I stuck to fastball-slider."
Davis was a member of the 2009 Team USA 16U National Team that beat Cuba in the IBAF AA World Youth Championships, so he's pitched on a big stage before. Still, he's soaking in the atmosphere of the showcase circuit.
"It's a lot of fun to play against some of the kids in the nation," Davis said. "You can't try and press too much, you just have to stay within yourself and be yourself, I guess. I'm enjoying it."
Davis considered many schools, including Washington, Oregon, Louisiana State and North Carolina, but has a verbal agreement to Oregon State.
"What drew me in was the coaching, definitely," Davis said. "They took a bunch of Oregon kids—no big names besides a couple players—and won it all two years in a row. Just getting to know them and seeing how well they work together and how well they prepare you for the next level and getting you ready to be the best player you can, that was it right there."
Along with Davis, the Redmond High team features rising seniors like shortstop Michael Conforto, and infielder/righthander Zach Abbruzza, infielder Taylor Whidby, and rising junior, infielder Patrick McGrath. They should challenge for the state title next year.
"We were one game away from being in the top four in state this year," Davis said. "So next year, it's definitely the goal to get to Safeco and play for state. That's the goal every year, but next year we have a good shot."
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