Chase Kriebel To Compete In Prep Baseball Report Future Games, Dawson Smail To Compete In Junior Future Games This Week (07/29/19)
Local Baseball players Chase Kriebel and Dawson Smail have been selected to play for Team Pennsylvania in the Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Future Games and Junior Future Games respectively, at LakePoint Sporting Community in Cartersville, Georgia. The Future Games will take place from Wednesday, July 31st through Saturday, August 3rd, with the Junior Future Games going Wednesday, July 31st through Sunday, August 4th.
The PBR Future Games and Junior Future Games are invite only events.
The PBR Future Games attracts more than 300 college coaches from across the country, to scout many of the top sophomores and juniors in the USA, who have not committed to a school yet. The PBR Junior Future Games runs in conjunction with the PBR Future Games.
Prep Baseball Report has state scouting directors in 46 of 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and four Canadian provinces.
For Chase, the son of Shane and Anna Kriebel, this is his second year competing in the national spotlight, having competed in the Junior Future Games, in Indianapolis last year. He will be pitching and playing first base for Team Pennsylvania.
This years tryouts were at Manheim, in January. Chase said, “It was cool to meet the PBR staff and then to have them remember/recognize me the next time. Tryouts were a challenge as it was 37 degrees in January.
“The neat thing about participating was watching the Futures teams play and the number of college scouts in attendance, it is easier to say what colleges weren’t there!”
The Kriebel’s mentioned that in addition to the showcase, players get exposure on PBR’s website, where player profiles with stats and achievements are posted. Anna Kriebel said, “We have had several coaches reach out to him after looking at his profile from PBR.”
As part of his duties for Team Pennsylvania, as a PO, Chase will get to pitch two innings against Michigan, in their August 2nd game. Chase will pitch two innings in the August 2nd against Michigan. Each of the PO’s is allotted two innings so they can showcase their talents and abilities to the scouts.
Anna Kriebel said, “It will be neat for him to meet the other players and learn from them as many will be older.
“Baseball has been Chase’s passion ever since he was little, always outside, tossing up a ball and hitting it. He has worked very hard over the past several years, with trainers Jay Fennell (hitting) and Matt DeSalvo (pitching). His current coach Nate Nery (Beaver Valley) and Ajay Vulimiri (Tri-State Arsenal) have also brought a lot of experience and opportunity to the table. There isn’t anyone he hasn’t learned something from, for baseball and life lessons!
Chase, who who finished his freshman campaign at Clarion Area, is listed on the PBR website as having an 80-84 MPH fastball. He was named First Team All-KSAC pitcher, First Team pitcher TCS/CE pitcher and D9Sports.com Co-Pitcher of the Year. He went 4-0 on the season, striking out 97 batters while walking just fourteen. His ERA was 0.32, in 43 1/3 innings of work.
Anne Kriebel mentioned, “Any time anyone asks about PBR, we tell them ABSOLUTELY!!! Go for it. You don’t know if you don’t try. Again, the experience itself is amazing just to see how you stack up against kids your age and older.”
And one of those who decided to tryout for PBR is Dawson. Anna Kriebel said, “We wish Dawson all the luck with his first experience. Guaranteed it will be a memorable experience and something to be proud to be a part of.”
Dawson, the son of Dave and Jami Smail, is also considered an elite player in Pennsylvania by PBR. The letter, informing Dawson of his selection to Team Pennsylvania said, “Congratulations, based on your abilities you have been identified by the Prep Baseball Report’s scouting staff as being one of the top 13U prospects in Pennsylvania. Your elite distinction has earned you a roster spot in the 2019 PBR Junior Future Games, powered by Adidas.”
Dawson, representing his Twin Tiers Mountain Lions team, was the winner of the of the prestigious “King of Swat” Home Run Derby, at Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
He and his teammates from Beaver Valley Baseball 13U Red won the 2019 Triple Crown Baseball Summer Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina recently. Dawson, who hit a three-run walk-off home run, to win the Championship game, received the MVP Award.
He is also a member of the Beaver Valley 13U team that won the Cooperstown Dream Park Tournament this past weekend.
(Congratulations to Chase and Dawson!!!! All the best at this prestigious event!!!!)