Baseball: Maine South’s Perrone flashes leather at showcase
CSL's Max Cohen of Glenbrook South fields a hit in the outfield as Frank Perrone of Maine South backs him up. | Rob Dicker~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 23, 2012 6:36AM
On a weekend when each of the 202 baseball players who attended the Stevenson Showcase desperately wanted to make a lasting impression on the scouts, Maine South’s Frank Perrone registered one of the event’s most impressive plays.
Fremd’s Jon Escobar led off the bottom of the ninth inning of the CSL’s 5-1 victory over the MSL on Saturday and smacked a fly ball into right-center field. Perrone, who was playing right field, immediately took off to his right.
As the ball dipped and seemed destined to fall for a hit, Perrone left his feet, laid out and robbed Escobar of a double. Perrone’s grab sent his CSL teammates into a frenzy and earned a congratulatory shout-out from the field announcer.
More than anything, however, Perrone’s catch left the scrum of scouts with a lasting memory.
“You want to try to get to every ball, show them you that have speed and showcase your arm — stuff like that,” Perrone said. “I saw a ball in the gap and ran as fast as I could to get it and, obviously, made a diving catch. I’m sure college coaches are going to look at that.”
Perrone, like his CSL teammates at the showcase, is spending his summer both trying to improve his baseball skills and attract notice of the college recruiters. The Stevenson Showcase promised more than 100 scouts.
Perrone has appeared in several showcases, but none that attracted so many recruiters with speed guns and stop watches. But the Hawk veteran felt comfortable taking the field with other players representing the CSL, including Maine South’s Jesus Saavedra.
“I was pleased. I thought I hit the ball well, showed what I could do and ran well,” Perrone said. “I was a little nervous, but being here I know a lot of the kids on my team. I like the kids and that settled me down. Once you get the first at-bat, you’re fine.”
Perrone belted the ball hard and reached base twice on errors during the CSL’s 10-4 loss to the West Suburban Conference.
He served primarily as the designated hitter for Maine South, which finished the season 32-6 and reached a sectional final. He was the odd man out on a roster full of outfielders.
Perrone has been contacted by coaches from Eastern Illinois and Minnesota. He hopes to continue improving all facets of his game this offseason and emerge as Maine South’s starting center fielder next spring.
Beyond that, Perrone will continue playing with the Top Tier travel team this summer, as well as the Hawks’ summer squad. Along the way, he’ll keep trying to make a lasting impression at showcases.
“I don’t know how many scouts are here, but they’re all behind the backstop. There are a bunch of scouts and I think these (showcases) help tremendously,” Perrone said.