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Mead, Clavell headline star studded School Boys roster
04/26/2018 12:47 AM ET

South Australia's best young baseball players will once again be on display when the 2018 School Games kick off in Adelaide next week. 

From April 30 to May 5, Adelaide's best school boy aged players (17 and under) will compete in a national tournament at West Beach and Glenelg Baseball Club.

South Australia is presenting a strong side with nine of the 17 players representing the state having won a national championship either with the U18s in 2018, the U16s in 2016 or both.

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, have a strong presence on this team as well. Five players - Mason Clavell, Will Kortekaas, Harry Knuckey, Sean Maple and Curtis Mead - all appeared with the Bite last season. 

They are highlighted by Curtis Mead who is one of the most promising players in the country. The 17-year-old has won everything lately, including the Adelaide Bite rookie of the year, an U18 National Championship, a Senior League National Championship, a Don Rice League Title and led all local players on the the Bite with a .373 average in 20 games

"It's another great opportunity to see how our players in this age group in South Australia stack up against the rest of the country," says Player Pathway Manager Tyrone Hambly.

There are six teams representing six states from across the country travelling to Adelaide for the week-long tournament. There is no question other teams will be strong. 

One of the tournaments comes from the East. New South Wales have a stacked line up that includes 16 year olds Blake Cavill, Josh Pearl, and Jake Burns. Both players were dominant in the Junior League Championships in Adelaide last year and in the U16 championships. They'll be ABL stars in the not-so-distant future.

South Australia has never won the annual competition but they should have every reason to feel optimistic with their recent run of success at the U18 and U16 level.

"This will be one of our best chances to win," says Hambly. "We have a lot of good players in this state and it's a great chance to make history at home."

We encourage all fans to head to the ballpark if they have time over the next week to cheer on the team.

Bite assistant coach Scott Gladstone has the reigns of this young team and will be tasked with continually trying to develop the players.

Check out the schedule below!


Monday 30 April - SA vs. QLD (Diamond Sports, 2:30PM)
Tuesday 1 May - SA vs. NSW (Diamond Sports, 8:30AM)
Tuesday 1 May - SA vs. VIC (Glenelg Baseball Club, 12:00PM
Wednesday 2 May - SA vs. WA (Diamond Sports, 8:30AM)
Wednesday 2 May - SA vs. ACT (Diamond Sports, 11:30AM)

Friday 4 May - Top 3 Teams / Bottom 3 Teams Playoff
Saturday 5 May - Various Championship Games 

*Denotes Bite Player
^Denotes U18/Senior League champion

*^Mason Clavell - C/INF - Glenelg
^Jasper Clark - P/OF - Goodwood
^Joe Gluyas - Util - Glenelg
^Blake Farr - INF - Kensington
Jack Higginbotham - P - Woodville
*^Will Kortekaas - P - Woodville
Brock Keding - C/OF - Kensington
*^Harry Knuckey - OF - Sturt
Flynn Leuders - P - Glenelg
*^Sean Maple - P/INF - Kensington
*^Curtis Mead - INF - West Torrens 
Carey McLeod - OF - Southern Districts
^Austin McClure - P - Sturt 
Brandon Manzella - OF - East Torrens
Jacob Scott - P/INF - West Torrens
Kynan Skein - P / OF - East Torrens
Seiichiro Suzuki - Util - Henley and Grange


Head Coach - Scott Gladstone
Assistant Coach - Jim Gladstone
E.O. - Dave Hilterbrand 


This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.