Top 40 Showcase is Finally Here
Despite some shuffling around with the rosters, the top 40 baseball players in the State of Idaho will meet on the same field this Saturday to play two seven inning contests to show off their talents to fans and scouts from across the Northwest. Unfortunately, some marquee names will not be playing as Joe Martarano and Bryce Feist already have commitments elsewhere, but there are still some great story lines heading into Saturday.
Although many seniors that are playing in this event have committed to certain schools, Capital's Logan Staudt is using this platform to hopefully get noticed by someone so he can continue his career at the next level. Staudt underwent surgery on his ACL that caused him to miss his entire junior year and left a lot of doubt whether or not he could compete at the next level, but he erased all of that doubt this season batting over .400 and being the most consistent hitter in Jerry Hollow's batting order all season long.
For other seniors, this is a time for them to enjoy their last big showcase as a high school player before they move on to the college level. A story that some might not realize is the impressive career of Fruitland's Daulton Blackwell. Joe Martarano gets a lot of the attention for all of Fruitland's success, but Blackwell is a five time State Champion in football, baseball and wrestling during his four years in high school. He will be migrating down I-84 this weekend hoping to make his final decision on where he will be playing baseball next season.
The majority of players that will be competing this weekend will be seniors, but there are two underclassmen that I am keeping my eye on for Saturday as well as the rest of their High School careers. Rocky Mountain's Mason Smith is no stranger to the spotlight as he batted cleanup for Jake Taylor's state champion Grizzlies and led the SIC with 46 RBI's this season, behind only Levi Periera from Coeur D'Alene for the State bragging rights. Mountain View's Branson Trube is another one to watch as he stormed onto the scene this year batting over .400 with a ridiculous on-base percentage of .617.
Our coverage of the Top 40 Showcase will begin at 1:00 PM Saturday so make sure to tune in on Sports 630 The Fan and 630thefan.com.