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Classic to showcase area's best

June 02, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

For some, Four State Baseball Classic could be a preview for the future in the college ranks.

For some, it could be the last time they lace up the cleats, period.

Either way, there will be plenty of fun and entertaining baseball at Municipal Stadium tonight at 5:30 with the Senior Star and the Elite Star games.

This is the third annual baseball showcase directed by Dave Foltz, who expanded the area to include players from Virginia.

"There's no pressure on the players, just go out and have fun," said Foltz.

Well, for some there might be pressure.

Foltz said he's received at least 15-20 e-mails from college scouts who are still in search of talent. Tonight could be the night when a player opens the eyes of his next coaching staff.

"There are unsigned kids that will be here," said foltz. "It's another way for them to get exposure."

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One player with his future set is Kevin Brady, a right-hander pitcher from Gaithersburg High School.

"He's one of the top 70 prep pitchers in the country and I've talked to coaches that say he's the best in Maryland and probably in line for Washington All-Met player of the year," Foltz said.

Brady is likely to play, but it will be at first base. On Sunday, and also Tuesday, he has workouts scheduled in front of professional baseball scouts.

Among Tri-State notables, Jefferson coach John Lowery Sr. will manage the Elite Stars West team with his coaching staff.

All four teams are dotted with local baseball stars. The rosters appear on D2.

The Four State Classic benefits the AKL Pediatric Heart Fund in Northern Virginia.

"I know some kids from our area that are affected and go to the center and that's why we have this set up," said Foltz.

Between games, Foltz said checks would be presented to AKL and the Ronald McDonald House from the McDonald's Roundball Classic, which is also organized by Foltz.

Both games will be seven innings and will be moved to Tuesday if they are rained out. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

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