CPBL All-Star Showcase: Day 1

Day 1 of the CPBL All-Star Showcase is in the books. The ten-inning contest was a story of the arms; the pitchers dominated on both sides. Meanwhile, the catchers led the charge on the offensive side.

Highlights 

Jonah Tong, Toronto Mets

Tong, a North Dakota State commit, was excellent during his two-innings of work. The right-hander pounded the strike-zone and recorded a number of swings and misses on both his offerings. Tong’s 51 strikeouts were the fourth most during the regular season. 

Hugh Pinkney, Terriers

The Rutgers commit was the top offensive performer on the day. Pinkney, a 2022 grad, made quality contact each time up, picking up three hits. Meanwhile, behind the plate, he threw out a runner stealing. 

Rees Kozar, Great Lake Canadians 

Kozar, an uncommitted 2023 who hit four home runs during the CPBL season, added another to his totals, going deep the other way in the seventh. 

Preston Barr, Windsor Selects

Barr, one of the younger players at the event, threw the final two innings for Team Red. He sat 84-85, got ahead with his fastball, and registered a number of strikeouts with his curveball. 

Greg LaChance, Toronto Mets 

LaChance, an uncommitted 2022 grad, collected a pair of hits during Game 1. The right-handed hitting infielder who hit .355 with two home runs during the regular season, was a catalyst on the offensive side for Team Red.

Nolan McCrossin, Great Lake Canadians 

McCrossin picked up a couple of hits during the contest, driving a double to right-field and knocking in a run with a single in the video below. McCrossin hit .349 with three home runs during the season; meanwhile, his 94 exit velocity was one of the best at the tryouts.

Adam Sterkenberg, Watson Elite 

Sterkenberg, an uncommitted 2022 right-hander, attacked the zone with his fastball, and utilized his curveball effectively during his outing. The righty was up to 88 in the tryouts and sat 84-85 during his appearance. 

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