ELMA—Three Springville-Griffith varsity baseball players will be heading off to Ohio to compete in the 2017 Continental Cup. Austin Lux, Evan Elkins and Jarrett Wolf will compete with their County of Erie Baseball Association’s (CEBA) Upper Deck team June 30- July 2 in the 16-years-of-age and under division in a field of two dozen teams.
Despite a long game layoff, Upper Deck was able to get in a CEBA game June 27 before departing to Ohio. Once Upper deck shook off the rust, it out-scored Scholastic South division-leading Elma 6-5. Unfortunately, giving up seven runs in the first two innings created an almost insurmountable hole to recover from and resulted in only the team’s second loss of the season, 12-6. Despite the loss, the team remains in second place in its division.
The Springville trio did their part in a valiant comeback attempt by collectively going 6-for-12 at the plate that didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Mark Messina.
“[Elkins] hit the ball hard every time. He’s been doing pretty well, I’m not sure of his numbers but he’s our three hitter [in the batting order] right now. I would say he’s our most consistent player right now,” Messina said.
“[Wolf] has also hit almost every ball hard for us as long as I can remember. Obviously excluding the occasional strikeout, he’s getting robbed a lot by the other teams, but he just continually hits the ball hard, he’s smart too,” Messina added, before complimenting Lux’s throwing.
The Continental Cup gives aspiring baseball athletes an opportunity to not only compete at a high level, but experience travel as a team similar to a collegiate experience. Some of the fields where the games will take place will also help enhance that collegiate environment with contests slated for Kent State University and Akron University.
Upper Deck is guaranteed a minimum four games but could extend that to six if it makes it to the championship round.