Bringing out hundreds of high school baseball players, the Georgia Dugout Club sponsored the Georgia Underclassmen Showcase at a variety of locations statewide. The showcase was for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Multiple showcase events were held and the scout committee – made up of pro and college scouts – chose 100 rising seniors and 60 rising juniors and sophomores to play in a final, four-day event.
“I was a little nervous but excited to showcase my talent,” Worthy said.
Wise had a similar sentiment.
“I was very honored to have been chosen to participate in that event and my goal was to represent myself and my school the best I could,” he said. “When I got there I was nervous, but as the Top 100 went along, I calmed down.”
Both pitchers, Wise also plays in the outfield while Worthy also plays third base. They have played together since age 8 and now play for Alexander as well as their travel team – East Cobb Longhorns 17U. After being chosen, the Top 100 seniors and the Top 60 juniors and sophomores competed June 25 to 28 in the finals at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. Also participating were top prospects from Alabama and Tennessee. Players were tested on their speed, defensive skills, hitting and their specific position. Each player took part in one game in the three-day event – Wise and Worthy played on June 27.
Prior to the finals, Worthy said, “It’s going to be a lot of pressure. You’re playing with a lot of kids you don’t know and you have a lot of scouts watching you.”
After the final day of competition for the two, Wise said, “I felt that I pitched well and represented Alexander good as well.”
With these seniors being recognized as the Top 100, Alexander’s head baseball coach, Chris Brown, said he was proud of them and felt they deserve it.
“It’s a testament to their hard work. It’s a case where hard work paid off and it’s recognition they deserve,” he said prior to the final event.
“I’m confident that they’ll rise to the occasion. As talented as they are, they’re even better people.”