Congratulations to the East Cobb Baseball 14u Astros for their Runner Up finish in the Perfect Game USA 14U BCS National Championship!
The 14u Astros scored single runs in the top-halves of both the second and seventh innings. Thaddeus Ector and Trey Sanders hit back-to-back, one-out singles in the second and Kain Collins chased Ector home with a single of his own. The run in the seventh came courtesy of a hit batsman, a fielding error and a fielder’s choice pop-out from Sanders.
14u Astros 2022 right-hander Dylan Lesko was literally unhittable this past week here in Southwest Florida. A 6-foot-2, 170-pounder from Buford, Ga., Lesko pitched nine hitless, shutout innings over four appearances, striking out 14 and walking five; he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher.
2022 catcher Jared Jones also turned in an MVP-caliber performance for the Astros 14u, batting 10-for-23 (.435) with four doubles, a triple, eight RBI and seven stolen bases.
2018 14u BCS National Championship MV-Pitcher: Dylan Lesko
Additional scout notes featuring ECB players from 14u BCS National Championship week:
A key player for the East Cobb Astros was their leadoff hitter Lleyton Lackey (2022 Grovetown, Ga.). Lackey is the old-school style leadoff threat, a player that sees a lot of pitches and takes his walks as well as showing off plus speed so he can swipe bags at will. In 10 games Lackey gathered 33 plate appearances in the tournament and reached 19 times with an OBP of close to .600. That included a triple and two walks in the first game, a couple more walks in the second round and two more walks and a hit in the third round.
The East Cobb Astros played a close game in round one of the playoffs. After scoring two runs in the fifth inning, the Astros moved to the seventh inning needing to keep the game tied. They turned to righthanded pitcher Dylan Lesko (2022, Buford, Ga.), who needed just 12 pitches to get his team back into the dugout, where they would walk-off the Midwest Legends.
Lesko is a tall, 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete who has a projectable frame. He creates a good downward plane on a power fastball that touched 87 mph. He is free and easy with his delivery and is a cross-body thrower who hides the ball with deception. Lesko induced a groundball double play off an 86 mph fastball and also recorded a strikeout in the inning.
The Astros catcher, Jared Jones (2022, Marietta, Ga.), has a physical frame, standing 6-foot-3, 220-pounds. He handles the pitching staff well with strong, soft hands behind the plate and does a good job of setting up low in the zone, even though he is a taller catcher. At the plate, Jones impacts the baseball well, driving a double high off the fence in left field. His bat speed through the zone is impressive, as he pulls his hands in and has an explosive bat head.
Right fielder Kain Collins (2022, Kingston, Tenn.) showed the ability to impact a game both offensively and defensively. Collins, a lefthanded thrower and hitter, unleashed a strong throw to home plate that prevented Midwest Legends from adding another run. He was playing halfway in right field and threw a strike to the catcher on a line. He made a diving attempt on his backhand side toward the line later in the game but was unable to come away with a catch on the foul ball.
Collins flashed solid bat speed, whipping the bat through the zone on multiple occasions. He has an inside-out swing and hit solid line drives to the opposite field.
Source: Perfect Game