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Kelley Baseball Showcase heading to Vegas
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 11, 2010 | 1718 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Tanner Oates (in purple) will be one of the North's representatives at the Kelley Baseball Showcase in Las Vegas next week.
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Tanner Oates (in purple) will be one of the North's representatives at the Kelley Baseball Showcase in Las Vegas next week.
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When the 13th annual Kelley Baseball Showcase shows off some of the best high school baseball talent in the Silver State Friday, it will be played at a new venue.

After years of asking, College of Southern Nevada baseball coach Tim Chambers convinced showcase organizer Stew Colton to move the event to the CSN facilities this year.

So Spanish Springs' Jake Bray and Tanner Oates and Reed's Jeff Copple will get a whole new experience next week.

For starters, the game will be played under the lights at 7 p.m. instead of during the day when it has been held at various venues in northern Nevada.

It will also feature wood bats only. Kelley Athletic Co. is providing a wood bat to each of the participants, which includes 21 players from the North.

Colton and Chambers are hoping to get young phenom and recent No. 1 draft choice Bryce Harper to throw out the first pitch. Harper would have played in the game this year as a high school junior if he had not made the jump to junior college and played for CSN for one year. Colton wants to make him an honorary Kelley Showcase participant.

"He probably would have made the showcase this year," Colton quipped.

The best part about moving the game to Las Vegas is it might encourage a different array of scouts. Colton said he expects the usual schools that normally attend in the Reno area to still make the trip to Vegas, but the CSN staff has many connections to Division-I programs that might also make the game.

Colton also wouldn't be opposed to rotating the showcase between the North and South every other year if it works out. This year will have hotel rooms as an extra cost to the trip due to the late start time instead of a fly-in, play and fly-out schedule attendees can pull off in the North.

"There are a lot of different factors. In a perfect world, it would be nice to have it one year up here and one year down there," Colton said.

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