Pelli, a 6-foot North Carolina commit from Arnold, Md., got the start for the Canes and flashed an 88-92 mph fastball and 74-77 mph curveball that he used as a wipeout, strikeout pitch. Northcut, a Vanderbilt commit who is more known for his hitting ability and playing third base, threw mostly high-80s in his short, 1.2-inning relief appearance, but also featured a quality curveball that received several swings-and-misses.

“Our pitchers were just dominating all day, so that was really fun to watch,” said Canes infielder/outfielder Matt McLain, who won the Wilson Premier Classic’s Most Valuable Player award.

“Every one of them was out there pounding the zone, so that makes it a lot of fun to go out there and play defense. Makes it pretty easy on us to play behind them, too.”

Making it even easier to play defense was that fact the Canes offense continued to score in bunches throughout the tournament.

On Monday, six different Canes players recorded at least three hits, including right fielder and Texas A&M commit Miko Rodriguez, who went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, and Northcut, who finished the championship game 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.

No offense performance was more impressive than McLain’s, however, which saw the 5-foot-10 UCLA commit end the tournament 12-for-19 with 11 runs, 10 RBIs and six extra-base hits during the six-game stretch. McLain, who is from Tustin, Calif., also showed solid defensive tools and versatility, spending time at both middle infield spots, as well as third base and left field during the tournament.

“We have a lot of really talented guys that had really good weekends, so I wasn’t expecting them to call my name or anything when they were announcing the MVP,” McLain said. “For me, it was nothing more than just looking for my pitch and putting a good swing on it once I saw one I liked,  but it’s pretty cool because I know it could have gone to a lot of really good guys on this team.”