A pair of local high school baseball players recently attended the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament in Tuscon, Arizona. John Carroll’s Brendan Butler and Jack Dougherty from Glenelg Country School were featured among the top high school players in a 20-team wood bat tournament.
“It was a great experience,” said Dougherty. “Everyone there is really good.”
In addition to the tournament, players rotated amongst stations that included pro-style workouts, video and instruction. More than 20 professional scouts were in attendance at the Kino Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-Americans are selected based on a strong performance at Baseball Factory Event or recommendation by a pro scout. Two hundred-sixty five players were selected.
Butler, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior infielder, clocked the fifth-fastest time in the 60-yard dash (6.72 seconds). The Towson University signee batted .532 with 41 RBI for the Patriots in the talent-laden MIAA A Conference.
As a freshman, Dougherty (6-2, 165) led Glenelg Country with outfield assists last season and was second in RBI (18). He was one of 34 sophomores on the Under Armour All-American roster.