08-01-2010, 10:34 PM
August 01, 2010
USC lands major 2012 baseball commitment
By Phil Kornblut
The USC baseball team landed a 2012 commitment Sunday from RHP/1B Curt Britt of Laurinburg, NC. Britt is widely regarded as the top prospect in his class in North Carolina and one of the top players in the country. Last season he batted .450 with 4 home runs and 22 RBIs. And he was 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA on the mound. Britt last week led his team to their second straight World Wood Bat 16 and under National Championship. Britt batted .408 with a homer and 9 RBIs in the tournament. On the mound he was 2-0 with a save. He struck out 15 batters in nine innings. Britt picked the Gamecocks over North Carolina.
08-01-2010, 10:40 PM
Britt helps Canes claim consecutive national titles
by Zach Colburn
Curt Britt, a rising junior at Scotland High School, played
a key role in helping the Carolina Hurricanes 16-and-
under travel team claim its second straight World
Wood Bat Association National Championship.
Curt Britt, a rising junior at Scotland High School,
played a key role in helping the Carolina Hurricanes
16-and-under travel team claim its second straight
World Wood Bat Association National Championship.
ATLANTA- One of the hardest things to do after winning a championship is defending it.
For Curt Britt and the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes Green team, they made it back-to-back title reigns.
The rising junior at Scotland High School, helped the 16-and-under traveling baseball team claim the World Wood Bat National Championship for the second straight year.
The Canes beat out a tournament field of 192 teams, including ball clubs from Canada and Puerto Rico while going 8-1-1 in tourney play. Landon Lassister of North Davidson, also a rising junior, was the only other player from North Carolina on the Canes squad.
For Tommy Britt, Curt's father, he thinks that the tournament was great exposure for his son, who will be entering his third season with the varsity Scots next spring.
"This is a very special place. The competition is unbelievable and you've got players, college coaches and pro scouts all over the place. It's just great exposure for all those kids," said Britt, who is also Curt's coach for Scotland. "I'd always heard about the tournament but never had a chance to go until last year but it's just a special place for young student-athletes to showcase their talents."
(Curt) Britt had a solid ten games for the Canes, who are in their fourth season as a traveling ball club.
Britt hit safely in the first eight games of the tournament, including three games where he had two or more hits. He finished with a .408 batting average with a home run and nine RBIs. Britt also had two doubles while scoring seven times and drawing a quartet of walks.
Coach Britt believes that his son saw not just quality pitching but also very sound fielding.
"He'd probably seen guys throwing anywhere from 88 to 92-93 miles per hour. The pitching that those guys saw day in and day out is tough," Coach Britt said. "In tournaments like these, you face tough hitters spots 1-9 and pitching against wood bats can give the pitcher an advantage at a young age."
"Curt saw quality pitching and quality hitters against teams from California, Texas and from all over and I didn't see a bad team there and you'd see 9-12 quality players on each one of them," added Britt.
(Curt) Britt also shined on the mound for the Canes going 2-0 in nine innings of work, allowing three hits while fanning 15. He also converted on a save.
Following the championship, Britt also learned that he was one of 60 prospects in the country from the class of 2012 to be invited to the PRE Aflac All-American National Games that will take place on Aug. 11-13 at the University of San Diego.
While as a father, (Tommy) Britt is proud of his son for his accomplishments, as a coach, he knows that Curt still has room for improvement.
"His velocity continues to hit around 89 to 92 and when there was a good match up there was about 17-18 guns in the stands and I think he has the potential to be around 93-94 and maybe even a little more," said Coach Britt. "He's got a good pitcher's body, he's 6-foot-2, 215 (pounds). He's a big guy with a pitcher's frame and I think he's got room to grow there and room to grow at the plate."
“He's had a really good summer, hitting with aluminum and wood. I think he can get better, but he's going to have to continue to work even harder," Britt added.
08-02-2010, 06:29 AM
Nice pickup. If he is that good, I would think him turning pro would be a real concern.
08-23-2010, 11:06 PM
Our 2012 class is full of talent. It could end up being the #1 class in 12'. Our 11' class has some good ones too.
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