Sparkman (Ala.) wins prestigious Perfect Game High School Showcase

Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) banged out 15 hits Saturday to earn a 6-2 victory against Gulliver Prep (Miami) to win the Perfect Game High School Showdown in Georgia, one of the nation’s top high school baseball tournaments.

Breonn Pooler had three hits, Reid Powers, Garrett Bodine, Andrew Semple, Alex Strachan and Jacob Foster each had two to lead the Senators (13-3), who outscored the opposition 32-8 in their four games at the event.

Carter Vickers struck out eight, scattered five hits and walked two in the victory.

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The championship game might have been a bit unexpected compared to what seemed likely on paper entering the event with Super 25 Preseason No. 2 Oxford (Miss.) on one side of the bracket and No. 3 Parkview (Lillburn, Ga.), the defending Super 25 champion, on the other.

But that changed Friday. Sparkman downed Parkview by a score of 7-0 on seven hits, including a pair of solo home runs. Seth Gulley went the distance with 11 strikeouts and one walk, and allowed just two hits to knock off the event’s defending champions. Gulliver Prep edged Oxford 3-2. Gulliver had only four of the game’s 11 hits.

Parkview and Oxford had advanced to the semifinals with a bye after an opening-round win. Sparkman and Gulliver Prep won twice Thursday to reach the semifinals.

The first Super 25 baseball rankings of the regular season will be released Wednesday and the performances at this event should have a big impact on the rankings.

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