HiCast Sports 2018 MVP Awards for Youth Baseball Presented by Rawlings Announces Winners
December 10, 2018 – HiCast Sports Network in partnership with Rawlings Sporting Goods is proud to announce the grand prize winners of the HiCast Sports 2018 Awards for Youth Baseball chosen by our judge, Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith. His comments follow each winning highlight below.
Most Valuable Defensive Plays
Jeremy Payne’s Diving Catch for Sta-Mo Storm Major Baseball 13U at Shortstop at Baseball USA in Houston, TX shared by HiCast user: divalishish24 from TX – “He had to range far to his left and go airborne. Showed great athleticism.”
Mitchell Kahlenberg’s Diving Catch in Right Field for SBA - Mendez 14U at Shipyard Park in Charleston, SC shared by HiCast user: tctiger33 from SC – “He made a great recovery on a ball that was hard to judge off the bat.”
Lukas Loring’s Diving Stop and Throw at Short Stop for the Out for Bagel Bombers 12U at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, DE shared by HiCast user: Mloring from MD – “Good instincts and good reaction.”
Most Valuable Offensive Plays
Kevin Henrich’s 2-Run Home Run for Bellringers National 13U at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY shared by HiCast user: Henrich_kevin from PA – “He had great approach and a great swing.”
Zach Turko’s Inside-the-Park Grand Slam for Diamond Studs 15U at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ shared by HiCast user: eturko from NJ – “Ran hard right off the bat which forced the defense to make a play.
About Our Judge, Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith
Legendary Hall of Fame Shortstop and former MLB player for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996, Ozzie Smith (nicknamed “The Wizard”) set major league records for career assists and double plays by a shortstop, as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position. He won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92) and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002.
See All Finalists’ Highlights
Tap to view each Finalist’s highlight below selected by the general public to be evaluated by judge Ozzie Smith. All highlights were created by HiCast Sports Network app users from game coverage provided by HiCast at top venues across America.
Top 10 Finalists – Offensive MVPs
Top 10 Finalists – Defensive MVPs
About HiCast Sports Network
HiCast Sports Network offers an automated, turnkey video technology solution for venue owners and managers who want to provide the ultimate player and fan experience, reach more viewers, engage with fans beyond their stands through shared game highlights via social media, support coaching and player development, and better manage their facility. The app makes it easy for users to not only see the whole game, but to save, trim, zoom and share their Moments That Matter™ in clips or highlight reels.
HiCast operates with a robust network of partners (venues) and promoters (sporting leagues and event organizers) with which they cultivate win-win relationships. In 2018, HiCast Sports Network users from around the world have watched more than 2 million game minutes featuring hundreds of thousands of athletes playing on more than 100 baseball and softball fields at premier venues in Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Texas.
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Prizes Provided by:
Top 3 Best Defensive Play Winners
Rawlings Custom Glove ($459.95 value) – Winners choose your leather, fit, size and pattern, and customize everything from stitching, laces, color, liner, break-in and more. Create your custom glove just like the pros!
Top 3 Best Offensive Play Winners
Rawlings 2019 Quatro Bat ($349.99 value) – Winners choose your certification, size and drop. More pop. More distance. There are no trade-offs with the NEW Quatro Pro. Hitters can be confident at the plate with the longest barrel in our lineup, an even larger sweet spot for more pop and now, incredible balance for faster swing speeds. Add the newly redesigned, stiffer handle-collar to reduce vibration and eliminate barrel drag and you have everything you need to Light 'Em Up! Check out the details.
Top 10 Finalists for Best Offensive Play & Top 10 for Best Defensive Play
Rawlings New Mach Batting Helmet ($64.99 value) – Winners pick Junior or Senior size and two-tone or tone-on-tone design in your choice of color with or without an EXT flap. Today's pitchers throw harder, and shots off the bat are faster than ever. As the industry leader in protective our engineers could not sleep until our gear matched the speed of the game. Engineered to perform. Check ‘em out!
Top 25 Semi-Finalists for Best Offensive Play & Top 25 for Best Defensive Play
Rawlings Sackpack ($29.99 value) – This player's drawstring-closure sackpack is the perfect bag to carry your must-haves to and from the ball field. It features an interior valuables pocket and an exterior zip pocket. Fits two water bottles and sunflower seeds, of course.