The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 19, 2013

Premier Baseball tourney continues

Perkins finds continued success with games in Joplin

By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer

— The video highlights of Nic Perkins’ high-school career are a work in progress.

Perkins blasted a two-run, 400-foot home run to left-center field in the first inning Thursday as Rawlings St. Louis Prospects Red defeated Fort Worth Cats White 11-1 in the Premier Baseball Junior Championship tournament.

Perkins, a catcher who will be a senior this fall at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles (Mo.), has committed to play baseball at the University of Mississippi.

“That was my sixth or seventh home run this summer,” said Perkins, whose high school team won the Class 5 state championship in June. “In high school, I hit five.”

While baseball is his favorite sport, Perkins was named to the all-tournament team when Francis Howell played in the Kaminsky Classic basketball tournament last January at Missouri Southern.

As a 6-foot-4 forward/center, he led the Vikings last season with 13.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

“It’s always fun coming down to Joplin,” he said. “All of us play football or soccer. When we come out of Joplin, that’s when we start winning (in basketball).”

Perkins’ father, Tony Perkins, is head coach of the baseball team that defeated Christian Brothers College 7-3 in the state championship game last month.

Rawlings St. Louis Prospects Red, 2-1 in the tournament, lost just its fifth game of the summer Wednesday night when the Waco Storm Angels overcame a 4-0 deficit and won 5-4.

In pool play Thursday at Joe Becker Stadium, Houston Raiders White scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and defeated Oklahoma Fuel 8-7. Oklahoma Fuel had broken a 3-3 tie with four runs in the sixth inning.

In the next game, Oklahoma Fuel and Dallas Mustangs Randle played to a 9-9 tie in nine innings.

After the completion of pool play, South Texas Sliders Payne was seeded No. 1 and Austin Wings Black was seeded No. 2. Austin Wings Black won the 2012 championship with a 6-5, nine-inning victory against Indiana Bulls Black.

Nine teams are 3-0 after three games — Amarillo Titans Henderson, Arlington A’s Adams, Austin Wings Black, Columbia Angels, Houston Heat Silver, Houston Kyle Chapman, LBA Premier Titans, LIDS Indiana Bulls Black and South Texas Sliders Payne.