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The sixth annual Southeast Collegiate Prospect Showcase will take place on Monday and Tuesday at Wingate University in North Carolina this week, with players from five summer leagues making up the rosters. 

The Showcase debuted in 2013, featuring the Florida League facing off against the Sunbelt League at Melching Field in DeLand. The two leagues played each other in Georgia in 2014 and then in Florida in 2015. The 2016 edition added the Southern Collegiate League to the mix and was played in Georgia. Last season, the Valley and Cal Ripken Leagues were added to the field and a bracket-style format was adopted.

More than 50 participating players over the past five seasons have been offered pro contracts, thanks in no small part to their performances in the Prospect Showcase.

This year, the Florida Collegiate Summer League roster will feature 28 players from our league's six teams, including five from Leesburg. The current Lightning players making the trip to North Carolina are

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Leesburg, FL - 14 runs in the last or second-to-last inning this week, including two walk-off wins saw the Leesburg Lightning go 5-2, boosting their league-best record to 23-7. The Clutch City Lightning have all but locked up the top spot in this year's Florida League playoffs, so let's take a look back at this past week.

Weekly Team Leaders

(These numbers only reflect players' performances throughout the past week, not the entire season)

  • Batting Avg: Jay Prather - 0.429 (5th in the FCSL)
  • Hits: Jay Prather - 9 (3rd in the FCSL)
  • Runs: Luke Brown - 6 (2nd in the FCSL)
  • RBIs: Jay Prather - 5 (4th in the FCSL)
  • HRs: Sean Mootrey and Tanner May - 1 (2nd in the FCSL)
  • SOs: Hunter Caudelle - 9 (2nd in the FCSL)
  • Innings Pitched: Hunter Caudelle - 9.0 (1st in the FCSL)

Best Performances of the Week

7/9 vs Winter Garden Squeeze - Tanner May

Before May suffered a calf injury earlier this week, he was arguably the league's hottest hitter, taking the league lead in RBIs and...

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Leesburg, FL – Next to the word clutch in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of the Leesburg Lightning (23-7), and if you look closely, you can see first baseman Sean Mootrey (Georgia Gwinnett) smiling bigger than anyone. The Lightning overcame a 7-6 deficit in extra innings in game two after winning a weather-shortened game one to take both games of a doubleheader against the Winter Garden Squeeze (12-17).

Game 1

The Lightning loaded the bases early in the game, threatening to break the continuation game open in the bottom of the second inning. Walker McCleney (Alabama) was hit by a pitch, forcing home Matthew Wiseman (San Jacinto) to put Leesburg up 1-0. Luke Brown (Western Kentucky) had a chance to drive in as many as four more runs during the next at-bat, but he grounded into a double play to end the scoring chance.

The Squeeze answered back quickly when Adams Torres (UCF) singled to left field, driving in Pablo Cabrera (Florida Southern) to tie the game up at one.

The...

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Box Score

Box Score

Lightning Sweep Doubleheader Thanks to Sean Mootrey’s Late Heroics

Leesburg, FL – The cardiac kids are at it again. The Leesburg Lightning (21-7) used a fired up dugout and a six-run rally to overcome a four-run deficit and defeat the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (11-16) by a score of 7-5 on Friday night.

Winter Park raced out to 3-0 lead, putting up one run in each of the first three innings. Leesburg starter Louis Davenport (Pensacola State), who started his first game of the season due to a shortage of pitchers for the Lightning, walked the lead-off batter Robert Scott (Lake Sumter CC) in the top of the first to start the game. Scott eventually came around to score on a passed ball to put the Dawgs up 1-0. An error by Jake Matulia (Flagler) in the second and a double Alex Jackson (Wichita State) in the third resulted in two more runs for the away team.

After the game, Lightning head coach Rich Billings said that the plan wasn’t to use a committee of pitchers, it just worked out that way.

“It was just kind of one of those things where you see...

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Box Score

Lightning Show Heart Late, Overcome Big Deficit to Defeat Winter Park

Winter Park, FL - The longest winning streak in Florida Collegiate Summer League history now belongs to the 2018 Leesburg Lightning. The Lightning (20-7) won game one against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (11-15) but dropped game two after faltering on offense.

Game 1

The first game started in the bottom of the second inning after it was started on June 23 but suspended only nine outs in, with Leesburg ahead 1-0. The game was essentially reset after Dawgs lead-off batter Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) hit a home run on the first pitch of the restarted game from Lightning starter Ronny Hinton (South Florida State).

Hinton was able to rebound, though, making that the only earned run he would allow in 4 1/3 innings of "relief" work. Technically, the game was started by Rob Kwiatkowski (Spartanburg Methodist) back in June, but Kwiatkowski was not available to pitch tonight, and Hinton picked up the win, pushing his record for the season to 3-0.

The Lighting added three key runs...

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Box Score

Box Score

Leesburg Splits Doubleheader With Winter Park, Making History in The Process

Standings

Team W L PCT GB
Lightning 23 7 0.767 ---
Suns 16 14 0.533 7
River Rats 14 17 0.452 9.5
Diamond Dawgs 13 16 0.448 9.5
Squeeze 12 17 0.414 10.5
Scorpions 12 19 0.387 11.5

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Batting Leaders

J Prather
Name AVG
Prather 0.365
Brown 0.323
Weeks 0.256
T May
Name HR
May 4
Dasher 2
McCleney 2
Mootrey 2
T May
Name RBI
May 24
Prather 22
McCleney 14
Weeks 14
J Matulia
Name SB
Matulia 13
Weeks 10
Brown 8
Crisostomo 5

Pitching Leaders

R Hinton
Name ERA
Hinton 2.96
Lunday 3.00
Caudelle 3.68
Chavis 6.38
A Simple
Name W
Simple 4
Hinton 3
Reyes-Ruiz 3
Caudelle 2
J Shapiro
Name K
Shapiro 32
Caudelle 30
Davenport 27
Hinton 21
D Knight
Name WHIP
Knight 0.00
Reyes-Ruiz 1.13
Shapiro 1.14
Jeancola 1.20