MIAMI — Eleven players who have made oral commitments with NCAA Division I baseball programs are among those on teams that will be playing games in Miami the next two days as part of the 2017 Premier Baseball Junior Championship.
The tournament kicked off Wednesday morning with games at Joe Pollock Field/Miami Stadium and NEO’s Homa Thomas Field.
Four of the 11 Division 1 prospects are with Houston Kyle Chapman: Thomas Burbank, Coy Cobb and Caston Peter, all with commits to Texas of the Big 12, and Philip Matulia with Louisiana Tech.
Lamar of the Southland Conference has received commitments from Reese Durand, Braydon Credeur and Josh Hranicky of the Beaumont Gladiators.
Among the others who are oral commits are Dylan Weiss, Pepperdine, and Cole Moore, Texas Tech, Austin Wings Black, and Brandon Uhse, Steven F. Austin, and Branson Wilson, Baylor, Fort Worth Cats.
There are a total of 50 Division I commits in the tournament, which runs Wednesday through Sunday at 11 area fields.
Wednesday’s Pool E schedule at Homa Thomas Field included Houston Heat Black vs. Bayside Yankees, 9:30 a.m.; Southern Athletics vs. Arlington A’s Biggins, noon; Southern Athletics vs. Houston Heat Black, 2:30 p.m., and Bayside Yankees vs. Arlington A’s Biggins, 5 p.m.
In Pool F today at Joe Pollock, the schedule includes St. Louis Prospects Black vs. Arkansas Prospects Black, 9:30 a.m.; Beaumont Gladiators vs. Austin Wings Black, noon; Austin Wings Black vs. St. Louis Prospects Black, 2:30 p.m.; Arkansas Prospects Black vs. Beaumont Gladiators, 5 p.m.
Two games will be played at Thomas Field on Thursday: Fort Worth Cats vs. Houston Kyle Chapman at 9:30 a.m. in Pool C and Building Champions White vs. Dallas Mustangs Randle at noon in Pool A.
Four consolation games each will be played Friday at Pollock and Thomas fields then a final two at each on Saturday morning.
Each team will play three pool games Wednesday and Thursday, then seedings will be set for the championship and consolation pools.
Following Friday and Saturday’s action, championship and consolation semifinal games will be played Sunday morning with the championship game at 2 p.m. at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.
The consolation final will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Warren Turner Field on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Games over the course of the next five days will also be played at Wendell Redden Stadium in Joplin; Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri; Don Karnes Field of Dreams in Baxter Springs; Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Live updates on games will be at www.premierbaseball.net. Premier Baseball also has a Facebook page — Baseball Premier — and scores will be posted on Twitter, @baseballpremier.