All teams MUST bring 1 box of 12 game baseballs, NFHS stamped & approved, to the site supervisor before their 1st game. If baseballs are not provided, then:
- At 1st game, team will forfeit the right to coin flip (to pick home or away).
- At 2nd game, team will forfeit their game (even if it’s on the 1st day of games).
- At 3rd game, team will forfeit their game and be banned from future tournaments.
A coin toss administered by the umpire or the site supervisor at each field will be used to determine home team for each game during pool play games.
3. AGE REQUIREMENTS (Date of Birth is NOT used for age eligibility for our events)
- 19U Division: Class of 2018 or younger
- 18U Division: Class of 2019 or younger (Fall only events)
- 17U Division: Class of 2020 or younger
- 16U Division: Class of 2021 or younger (Fall only events)
- 15U Division: Class of 2022 or younger
- 14U Division: Class of 2023 or younger including our Fall events
- 13U Division: Class of 2024 or younger
4. TIME LIMITS:
There is a 2-hour time limit on all games except for the championship games. This rule means that no inning can start after 2 hours, it is NOT drop-dead timing. This allows the tournament to stay on track for the entire day. We do allow extra innings, as long as the time limit is still in play. We, at Firecracker Baseball want to see all ties broken WHEN possible so “Firecracker Baseball” tie-breaker will begin in 8th inning (see details, rule #5).
5. FIRECRACKER BASEBALL TIE-BREAKER RULE:(Only when within time limit for pool play or game will be determined a tie; all playoff/championship games will start with this rule in the 8th inning)
- 8th inning: Runner on 2nd with no outs (Runner on 2nd was last batter of previous inning).
- 9th inning: Runner on 1st and 2nd with no outs (Runners on 1st& 2nd were last 2 batters of previous innings, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1stbase and previous batter on 2ndbase).
- 10th inning: Runners on 1st, 2nd and 3rd with no outs (Runner on 1st, 2nd& 3rd were last 3 batters of previous inning, placed accordingly i.e. last batter on 1st, previous batter on 2ndbase and so on).
6. WOOD BAT/METAL BAT:
This is a wood bat tournament. 13U Division is allowed to follow NFHS standards for metal bats, only age allowed.
7. PLAYING RULES:
- Major League rules will be used throughout the tournament.
- You can re-entry for the starter one time, each game, in the same batting spot. Any substitute entering the game, if replaced at a later point, is out for the remainder of the game.
- Pitchers when removed from the game as a pitcher, can NOT return as a pitcher in that game.
- Courtesy Runners are allowed for Pitcher and Catcher ONLY! Must be player on your bench or last out from previous inning.
- ALL substitutions and changes must go through the home plate umpire & the official scorer at each field.
- Mound visits are limited to 1 per inning. After 1st visit, each time the coach visits the mound in that same inning, the pitcher needs to be replaced.
8. STARTING LINEUPS:
Any team can start 9, 10, or 11 players. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. Once the first pitch has been thrown the lineup is locked and the lineup can NOT be reduced or added. If a player gets hurt and there are no substitutes available, that team will occur an out in that injured player’s spot in the lineup.
The 10th and 11th hitter, if used, will be designated as an Extra Hitter and Super Hitter in the lineup. The EH and Super Hitter may bat at any spot in the order. The EH and SH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned. The starting pitcher is allowed to DH for himself and bat in any spot in the order but must be listed a P/DH on the lineup card.
9. MERCY RULES:
There is a mercy rule for our Firecracker Baseball events.
- 12 runs after 3 innings
- 10 runs after 4 innings
- 8 runs after 5 innings
10. COACH’S ATTIRE:
All coaches must be in professionally dressed. We do not allow coaches on the field in flip flops or beach attire. You will be confined to the dugout by the umpires; site supervisor(s) or tournament administration. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Any coach or player that is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next game of the tournament.
Any team that forfeits a game because of lack of players in attendance for their scheduled game or for lack of arrival on time (45 minutes prior to game or their scheduled start time) will be banned for 2 years from any future tournaments at that point (Updated: 7/1/2016)
Any protests will be handled at the time of incident. We do NOT charge for protests like other organizations, if there is an issue we would like to resolve it for the greater good of the game of baseball. There are site supervisors at all fields and will handle any protests brought by a manager and will decide in a timely and appropriate manner.
14. WEATHER POLICY/CANCELATIONS
Due to unforeseen issues or mother nature, there are times games will be canceled because of rain, thunderstorms and poor field conditions beyond our control here at Firecracker Baseball. We will always try out best to get games in, move games around so EVERYONE has the same opportunity as others in our events but in the case, this does NOT happen, our policy is in place to protect our products and your programs.
- No Games Played = Full Credit towards 2020
- 1 Game Played = $400 Credit towards 2020
- 2 Games Played = $200 Credit towards 2020
- 3 or more Games Played = No Refund
Presented by Prep Baseball Report and Firecracker Baseball’s College Advancement Staff
*Information is researched and evaluated by the College Showcase Day statistics, staff reports along with tournament action throughout our event. Information and evaluations are the based on college coaches, pro scouts and site supervisors working the event from June 21st through Championship Monday, June 25th, 2018*
Alex Ramirez, SS, Central High School, 2019
Scouting Notes: Committed to the University of Rhode Island, Ramirez is a slick, twitchy middle infielder with the tools to stick at shortstop once he reaches campus. A left-handed hitter, there is a surprising amount of pop in the bat to the pull side. The bat path is mostly level and stays in the zone for a long time, setting up in an open stance with a small step to even up before the swing. Above average runner as well. His defensive actions are crisp and fluid, with a quick arm that changes slots to speed up plays with ease. Looking forward to seeing him matriculate to the college level.
Wilcar Moreno, OF, Mt. Pleasant, 2019
Scouting Notes: A large framed outfield prospect already filling out, but there is still room left to improve strength. Played both right and left field, where he should be able to play at the next level. Throwing from the left side, it definitely plays up in left and should be at least average at the college level, coming from a ¾ slot with carry. Ran a 4.45 home to first on an infield single, and 4.55 on the turn for one of the two doubles seen in person. A right-handed hitter, Moreno showed bat-to-ball skills cracking two doubles. He also worked a walk, reaching base in four of the six at bats seen live.
Emilio Mendoza, 1B, 2019
Scouting Notes: One of the most physically mature and imposing first basemen in the Northeast, with a thick body and tree trunk legs. Speed will not be a part of his game but showed some nimble movements around the bag at first and soft hands making multiple scoops on short throws. A right-handed hitter, Mendoza showed feel for the barrell and the ability to adjust when working from behind in the count, shortening his swing. The bat path is level up, and Mendoza has comfort going the other way with a double to the gap and single to the opposite field. Plenty of raw power and continuing to actualize it in game settings will propel his stock heading into his senior year.
Wilber Arias, 3B/2B, Central High School, 2019
Scouting Notes: A versatile infielder with an average athletic build. Arias has enough arm for third and lateral movement for second base. The glove worked well, making plays on the forehand and backhand from both positions. A switch hitter, Arias sets up from an open stance, with loose hands that work fluidly from the shoulders. The bat path is level. Good speed from the left side, reaching on an error with a 4.37 home to first time. Made solid contact from the left side, lining out on a hard hit ball to second and doubling from the right side deep down the left field line.
Caden Horton, C, South Portland, 2019
Scouting Notes: A average athletically built catcher, about 6-foot-1, Horton impressed over multiple games showing defensive chops behind the plate and impacting the game with the bat with his left-handed swing. Showed feel as a receiver, and worked well blocking balls throughout both games. Pop times ranged from 2.02-2.15, controlling the running game, though with cleand up mechanics could see that range improving. As a hitter, Horton’s feet set shoulder width apart and even in the box. The hands work quietly, with small dip from shoulder height to the letters. Present gap-to-gap power and an ability to elevate the ball, doubling twice, and consistently working counts in his at bats. An under the radar catcher worth going to see this summer.
Ethan Hamilton, SS/2B, Bonny Eagle, 2019
Scouting Notes: Standing about 5-foot-9 with a slimmer athletic frame, Hamilton showed defensive aptitude at both middle infield spots. There is some twitch in his game defensively, with a good first step and lateral quickness to stick. Showed range to both sides, making an athletic double play turn going up the middle with an off balance flip and sliding backhand stop in the hole bouncing up into the throw. Average arm strength but gets the ball out quickly. Offensively, Hamilton is contact oriented with an all fields approach. He sets up even with loose hands separated from the body. Small step into the swing with a level bat path. Finds a way to impact the game.
Cameron Phinney, 1B/OF, Bonny Eagle, 2020
Scouting Notes: An athletic 5-foot-11 frame, Phinney showed off on base skills helping his team generate runs. Over the course of five at bats, Phinney reached base three times, twice via walk and once on a hard hit single. Good bat-to-ball skills and ability to see the ball helped him work counts in every at bat. Average athleticism and defensive versatility make him a worthwhile follow in Maine.
Patrick Sawyer, RHP, Thornton Academy, 2019
Scouting Notes: 6-foot-0, 185 pounds, Sawyer works from a ¾ slot with a longer arm action on the backside. Plus hand speed helps generate velocity as he explodes towards the plate. His hands start high before dropping to the belt as he begin the leg kick. Average extension towards the plate. Struggled to find command of the fastball, which will need to take a step forward. Fastball was consistently in the 82-83 MPH range, though fell off a bit as he started guiding the ball. Solid 11/5 curveball with depth and late horizontal break. There is effort in the delivery, potentially pointing towards a relief role down the line.
Michael Breen, RHP, Auburn, 2020
Scouting Notes: Standing about 5-foot-11, with a lean, athletic build and room to add strength in the coming years. Still developing as a right-handed pitcher, there are some things to like in Breen’s game, showing improvement since his winter workout with PBR. He showed real pitchability, working a three pitch mix in the outing. Comfortable pitching forwards and backwards. Velocity ranges were mostly in line with his March workout. The fastball was 77-79 MPH, the breaking ball was 63-67 MPH, and the changeup was between 69-73 MPH (beginning to show fade when working down in the zone). Breen has quick reactions on the mound, fielding his position well. With more physical development in the offseason, this 2020 right hander has a chance to take another step forward.
James Chacharone, 2B, Shrewsbury, 2019
Scouting Notes: A narrow 5-foot-10 with sloped shoulders, Chacharone can add strength over the fall and winter heading into his senior year. Average athleticism, but has that gamer mentality, working counts, fouling off pitches, and making consistent contact. A right-handed hitter, Chacharone stands even in the box, working from an upright stance. Likes to jump the early count fastball. Went 3-for-4 in the game, singling up the middle on all three of his hits. Minimal power profile. Needs to prove an elite hit tool considering limitations in hitting for extra bases.
Nigel Belgrave, 3B/RHP, Auburn, 2020
Scouting Notes: A projectable 6-foot-2, 180 pound athlete, Belgrave has an athletic frame capable of strengthening as he matures. Athletic movements at third base. A right-handed hitter, he works from a crouched stance. Level bat path though at times the front side can bail out when looking to drive the ball. Reached base in three at bats, twice via single and once via error. With a 2002 birthdate, he is also young for his class, giving him more time to develop physically. Belgrave is a 2020 follow, and someone worth watching on the mound and as a position player. That being said, his long-term future is going to be as a pitcher, where the athleticism seen in game should allow him to consistently repeat mechanics. DI follow.
Domenic Crocenzi, SS/2B, Bishop Hendricken, 2020
Scouting Notes: A lean, athletically built 5-foot-10, his defensive skills at shortstop are the first thing that stand out when watching him. Muscular lower half. Twitchy actions and a quick first step help his otherwise average speed play up. The arm works quickly and there is obvious fluidity to his game. A right-handed hitter, Crocenzi works with quiet hands and the bat rested at the shoulder. His hands work well with a small step into the swing. Good bat speed. Worked counts in his plate appearances, walking once and battling throughout. Major 2020 follow.
Josh Stravato, OF, Bishop Hendricken, 2019
Scouting Notes: A lean, athletic outfield prospect. 5-foot-10, 165 pound build, the shoulders have slope. He’s an above average runner and should be able to play all three outfield positions. Reached base once in the game via walk. Loose hands with a level bat path. Contact over power, continuing to prove the on base skills will help elevate his stock heading into his senior year. A hard working ballplayer, Stravato has tools that should be able to show up at the college level.
Benjamin Harrison, RHP, Chariho, 2019
Scouting Notes: About 6-foot-2, Harrison is a lanky, long-limbed pitcher. The frame is a little narrow but there is plenty of room for him to add strength to the upper and lower halves. He works from a high ¾ slot, with a whippy arm action. Backside can collapse at times falling off the first base side a bit. High and fast leg kick. The fastball sat 77-80 MPH, touching as high as 82 MPH. If he puts the work in, it doesn’t take much dreaming to see a velocity spike heading into his senior year. Also works in a solid curveball between 70-72 MPH. Solid 12/6 shape with room to tighten to spin and induce sharper break. Harrison could be a good sleeper prospect for teams looking for someone with room for development as a late bloomer.
David Christoforo, C/1B, North Haven, 2020
Scouting Notes: A large, physical frame with skills behind the plate and athleticism to profile on a corner position, whether in the infield or outfield. He’s 6-foot-6, creating a large strike zone, making swing-and-miss inevitable. That being said, the power profile from the left side makes him a big time follow in the 2020 class. Only reached base once during the game via error after ripping a rocket line drive off the first baseman’s glove. With continued development of the hit tool, Christoforo should be on every New England scout’s radar.
Tim Cotter, C/3B, Kingswood Oxford, 2020
Scouting Notes: A lanky, long-limbed 6-foot-3, there is still projection as Cotter continues to fill out. Entered as a pinch hitter in the game, tallying a single. Works from an even stance. Hands work loosely and stay tight during the swing. Level up bat path. There is bat speed present and the hips rotate through. Developing power profile that should continue taking steps forward. Small step into the swing. Cotter has some quickness to his game but is a below average runner. Overall, there is a lot to like in his game and future, a high follow in the state of Connecticut’s 2020 recruiting class.
Griffin Van Rye, 1B/3B, Hall High School, 2019
Scouting Notes: A large frame with broad shoulders, 6-foot-2, 185 pound build. Solid hands and defensive actions, though may not have the lateral quickness for third base. Should develop more game power. Bat path generates some loft. Inside outed a fastball in game action. Van Rye is also a right-handed pitcher worth going to check out in game action after showing well on the Thursday night showcase.
Cameron Seymour, C, Thornton Academy, 2019
Scouting Notes: 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Seymour has some present strength on an average frame, with room to tighten up and improve general athleticism. A left-handed hitter, Seymour has loose, fluid hands that work well. Rips hips through the swing and creates bat speed, giving him power to the pull side. Doubled to left field and worked right field during batting practice at the showcase. Also walked in game action. Seymour’s feel for the bat and ability to hit for extra bases make him worth checking out for DII and DIII programs.
Most Projectable Arm: Cameron Phinney, LHP/OF, Bonny Eagle, 2020
Best Fastball: Cameron Seymour, RHP/C, Thornton Academy, 2019
Best Breaking Ball: Cameron Seymour, RHP/C, Thornton Academy, 2019
Best Changeup: Patrick Sawyer, RHP, Thornton Academy, 2019
Most Movement: Patrick Sawyer, RHP, Thornton Academy, 2019
Best Outfield Arm: Josh Stravato, OF, Bishop Hendricken, 2019
Best Infield Arm: Dom Crocenzi, SS, Bishop Hendricken, 2020
Best Hands in the Infield: Dom Crocenzi, SS, Bishop Hendricken, 2020
Best Behind the Plate: Cameron Seymour, RHP/C, Thornton Academy, 2019
Most Power: Griffin Van Rye, 1B/3B/RHP, Hall, 2019
Most Tools: Josh Stravato, OF, Bishop Hendricken, 2019
Best Swing: Cameron Phinney, LHP/OF, Bonny Eagle, 2020
Top Runner: Josh Stravato, OF, Bishop Hendricken, 2019
Top Position Prospect 2019 Class: Josh Stravato, OF, Bishop Hendricken, 2019 & Griffin Van Rye, 1B/3B/RHP, Hall, 2019
Top Position Prospect 2020 Class: Tim Cotter, C/3B, Kingswood Oxford, 2020
Top Pitching Prospect 2019 Class: Cameron Seymour, RHP/C, Thornton Academy, 2019
Top Pitching Prospect 2020 Class: Cameron Phinney, LHP/OF, Bonny Eagle, 2020