Jones Plays in Under Armour All-America Game
Appearing in his second All-American game this summer, BPA 2020 two-way standout Jared Jones received the start for the American team in July’s Under Armour All-America Game. After participating in MLB’s High School All- Star Game, with Perfect Game’s All-American Classic to come, the right-hander from La Mirada was on the mound as the game took place at Wrigley Field.
Pitching two innings, Jones allowed two runs off two hits and three walks, striking out four batters. The 2019 game was the second time Jones played in Under Armour’s showcase, after doing so as a rising junior in 2018. Jones has left his mark on the event, as Baseball America highlighted him as possessing some of the best stuff among the country’s top pitchers playing in the contest.
Mackay vies for USA Baseball Women’s National Team Spot
BPA 2022 catcher and right-handed pitcher Jamie Mackay was one of 34 players selected to participate in USA Baseball’s 2019 Women’s National Team Development Program. Running Aug. 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas, the program will be used to select the 20 players that will represent the United States during the COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships August 18-25.
The 20-player roster will be announced on Aug. 10, at the end of the development program. The Pan-American Championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, with each of the top four finishers at the Pan-American Championships earning a bid to next year’s world championship tournament.
Prior to being selected in the development program, Mackay was set to be in Texas competing in the 2019 MLB GRIT Invitational. Now, Mackay will be vying for a spot on the team against a field that includes Sixteen of the 34 invitees have represented the red, white and blue on previous Women’s National Teams.
BPA finishes strong Perfect Game summer
It took an extra-inning, walk-off defeat to dispatch BPA from the Perfect Game 17U World Series, but that is how BPA’s summer slate of PG tournaments ended.
Playing in Scottsdale, Ariz., BPA lost to eventual tournament champions Canes National, 5-4, in seven innings, on July 28. Participating in the invite-only, 32-team affair, BPA went 1-1-1 in pool play, highlighted by an 11-2 victory over Team California. BPA concluded the tournament with a 3-3 tie against CBA Marucci National.
Although a winning record escaped BPA in the desert, it was a strong summer for BPA on the PG circuit. BPA finished the summer as the only California-based program to win a pool and reach bracket play in Perfect Game’s 15, 16 and 17U World Wood Bat Association National Championships.
BPA 2022’s go 4-1 in Texas
Competing in BPA’s first Future Stars Series event, BPA 2022 continued a strong summer with a 4-1 showing, July 25-28. Playing in the Future Stars Series 2022 National Championships, in Cypress, Texas, BPA finished runners-up in its five-team pool, before wrapping up the tournament with a 5-1 victory over NorCal Baseball Red. Over the five games, BPA outscored their opponents 38-15, reaching double-digits in runs in two games, after opening the tournament with an 8-0 win over Team Dinger.
Halpin and Jones ready for Area Code Games
The most prominent scouting event for 2020 MLB Draft prospects will have BPA representation.
The annual, invite-only Area Code Baseball Games, held at Long Beach’s Blair Field, will have Jones on the Southern California-comprised Brewers roster, with fellow BPA 2020 standout Petey Halpin on Northern California’s Athletics roster. With games running Aug. 5-9, the Area Code Games are made up of eight geographically-based rosters.
The Area Code Games were first played in 1987, as a California-only event, before expanding to be a national showcase in 1990.