Young and Showers part of national champion baseball squad from Michigan

by RANDY GREGORY

 

A pair of seniors-to-be from Rockford celebrated along with the rest of their teammates when they captured the Perfect Game BCS National Championship for 17U baseball players from around the country. Kory Young and Brent Showers got a chance to showcase their talent against some of the finest travel teams the United States has to offer in the prestigious invite only tournament held in Fort Myers, Florida from July 13th through the 19th.

Young and Showers are members of the Midwest Elite baseball team that is comprised entirely of players from the state of Michigan. Players on the team hail from around the state including; Lansing, Portland, Bay City, Midland, Bloomfield Hills and of course Rockford. The 96 teams competing came from all corners of the United States and beyond including Puerto Rico. States with an innate weather advantage including Georgia, Texas, California and Florida had multiple representatives at the tourney.

Midwest Elite was, not surprisingly, the first team ever from the Great Lakes State to come out on top. Midwest Elite edged out a team from the renowned East Cobb, Georgia program to capture the top spot and topped opponents from one side of the country to the other en route to the title tilt.

Young has already committed to continuing his baseball career at Michigan State University and Showers is still weighing his options over several possibilities before pledging to a school. Young has spent the majority of the summer season as a shortstop or second baseman and Showers has seen his time as a catcher and designated hitter. But the best news of all for Rockford athletics is that both still have the 2014 high school baseball season to play for Rockford.

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