The first Huntington Beach Jamboree was a resounding success, everything we hoped for came to fruition, and that was awesome. The players held up very well under the pressure and pace of the event. The coaches turned out in large numbers. And the weather was fabulous. We can’t thank Dan Hay and PGF enough for providing this opportunity.
There some outstanding players and they wowed the coaches with their performances. There was great group of hitting catchers that spanned all ages. 2020 Ally Alcayaga, 2021 Kayla Alexandre, and 2022 Zoe King were all very solid swinging the stick. 2020 pitchers Taylor Caudill and Tyler Denhart both showed the consistency and growth that coaches look for in pitchers. 2021 pitchers Lacie Ham, Reegan Floyd, and Paige Maier, showed why they are considered top pitchers in their class. And the young ones, particularly the two lefties 2023 Ryan Maddox and 2022 Kelsey Tadlock, showed flashes of brilliance. Special note must be made of 2023 Liliana Arana. We got our first look at Lily at April’s Finest, she was exceptional then, and she was equally as good today.
2020 middle infielder Riley Grigsby was really good with the bat and the glove. 2020 corner Johanna Rodriguez smoked it offensively and played solid defensively. 2021 position players – Bella Flexen, Nikki Barboza, Priscilla Estrada, and Haley Painter – all were exceptional both offensively and defensively. But have obviously worked hard with the glove. 2022 middle infielder Kesaia Faasisila was outstanding as well; a smooth defensive player who can also swing it. She is going to be a high level recruit if she continues to work on her game. Finally, 2022 Avery Weisbrook showed everything that we thought she could be. She can swing it and hit for power. Defensively she is as slick as it comes, can make all the plays at SS and will only get better in the years ahead.
We will look forward to coming back to Huntington Beach next year and have no doubt that this Jamboree will continue to grow and develop into a major recruiting event. We want to thank all the parents and the college coaches who came to watch.
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