Alaskans impress with 4-1 showing at Arizona Fall Classic
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 6, 2021
The Alaska Baseball Academy has traveled to the Arizona Senior Fall Classic for two decades and this year was maybe the best showing by the guys from The Last Frontier.
Led by Curtis Hebert and Oliver Brown, the Alaskans won four of five games against elite competition at the scout showcase.
This event provides players with a chance to be seen by NCAA Division I coaches as well as scouts with all 30 MLB teams.
“The boys really represented,” said longtime ABA manager Tony Wylie.
The Arizona Senior Fall Classic included 80 teams and featured many of the best high school players in the country.
Despite the steep opposition, the Alaska players stared down the competition.
“They never blinked,” Wylie said.
Class of 2022 all-stars Hebert and Brown of South High have both already signed with D1 teams and are among the early favorites for next season’s Alaska player-of-the-year award.
Hebert was named to the Area Code Games this summer and has signed with the University of Portland from the West Coast Conference.
Brown capped his busy summer at the Baseball Northwest Championships and has signed with Holy Cross College of the Patriot League.
Both players came to the Arizona Fall Classic riding a wave of momentum.
“Curtis Hebert and Oliver Brown have impressed the scouts the most,” Wylie said. “A few other pitchers, too.”
Other top players for Alaska included Wasilla’s Logan Bailey, South’s Kaden Bevegni and Ben Neuberger, Bartlett’s Carl Colavecchio and Eagle River’s Noah Lower.
Wylie is one of Alaska’s most successful managers with championships in high school and American Legion. He is currently a scout with the Milwaukee Brewers.