After a surprising 2015, it was about time for a more predictable result at Tournament 12.
Last year’s showcase of Canada’s top prospects included a championship for a Prairies team full of relative unknowns, with headliner Andrew Yerzy hitting a disappointing .125.
This season, the pendulum swung the other way with powerhouse Ontario Black winning its first T12 title led by an impressive performance from the highest-profile prospect in attendance.
Shortstop Adam Hall went 8-for-18 over six games with eight steals and six RBI to lead Ontario to its first win at the event held over five days at Rogers Centre. In the championship matchup with British Columbia, the host province ousted the noted baseball factory 6-3.
After a title game where he went 1-for-4 with two steals and scored the winning run after nimbly avoiding a tag in a rundown, Hall brought home the hardware, winning tournament MVP. It was a fitting end to a T12 career that has spanned four seasons for the Bermuda-born prospect who calls London, Ontario home.
"It's nice to win, this is the first time I've even been in the finals," he said. "To actually win it, that's extra special."
Reflecting on his performance, Hall felt he had a strong showing, but there were areas where he could have better demonstrated his abilities for the many scouts present.
"I think I showed fairly well, but the scouts day didn't go I well as I would have liked," he said. "I felt that I hit decently, not quite as much power as I might have liked, but I got on base got quite a few stolen bases and played really well defensively."
Hall currently ranks 22nd on Perfect Game’s list of high school players and looks like a solid bet to be chosen in the early rounds of the 2017 draft.