50/70 All-Stars set to battle Southwest team
The Southeast representatives from Rutherfordton went into Tuesday unknowing of their first opponent in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif. After a 5-4 win over the East team, the Southwest team from Houston, Texas earned the right to play in today’s 3 p.m. PST game against the boys from Rutherford County.
Head coach Curtis Snethen and the team made the trip to Max Baer Park to scout their opponent.
“Based on what I’ve seen, they’re a good fundamentally sound team, but so are we,” Snethen said. “We saw three of their pitchers. Their closer was a tall righty that we’ll probably see tomorrow. Our guys can swing so he doesn’t bring anything to the table that we haven’t already seen. Their first kid threw real hard and real well, but thankfully for us he’ll need three days of rest.”
Snethen will hand the ball to his son, Cameron Snethen to start the game for the Southeast.
“Cameron doesn’t have any weaknesses on the mound,” Snethen said. “He spots his fastball well, his change-up is probably his No. 1 pitch and he likes to throw his curveball. He’s a competitor that’ll control the game.”
And if anyone knows Cameron as a pitcher, it’s his head coach/father.
“I’m not worried about Cameron. From what I know he’s been coached tough and he’ll be able to handle this stage,” Snethen said.
According to Snethen, the game could quite possibly be decided on the base paths.
“As a lefty [Cameron] will control the running game,” Snethen said. “From scouting them they aren’t going to be a fast team … we’re a fast team. If we can control their at-bats I don’t see them doing much running.”
Offensively, Snethen is forced to do some shuffling to his lineup with usual No. 3 hitter Adam McDowell sidelined with an ankle injury.
“McDowell and Levi Parks bounce around between the three and five spot so Levi will be there if Adam can’t go. My goal with Adam is not to use him if he’s sore,” Snethen said. He seemed much more certain of how to fill the five spot. “As for the five spot, it’s a no-brainer, it has to be Jace Crowe. He’s the hottest I’ve seen him as long as I’ve known him.”
Snethen stressed the value of solid at-bats and defense, but in the end, he feels it’s all about raw athleticism.
“Overall I think we’re just better athletes (than Southwest),” Snethen said. “They have bigger kids but sometimes smaller guys are a bit faster.”
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