Ty Waid, a committed receiver from Arkansas, was the top offensive player in the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championships last week.
Waid, 6-1 and 215 pounds from Texarkana, scored 55.66 at the 4-day event that featured 88 of the nation’s top travel teams. The second-best offensive player was North Carolina’s starting Gavin Gallaher, who had a score of 48.95.
Waid competed for the Brewster/White Sox Scout team of the Arkansas Sticks 18 under.
The score implied a batting average. Additional points were earned for doubles, triples, home runs and RBI.
“What Ty did was one of the most impressive things because he had to do a lot with broken balls,” Sticks coach Chase Brewster said. “He was hitting the two and three holes for one of the best teams in the event and he had one of the best players in the country behind him (Arkansas goal in 2024) Kale Fountain.
“He had fastballs early when he needed them and he hit them hard, and later in the event when they were mixing up the speed because he had been so successful, he hit them too. He also worked more than a few walks and left Kale to do some damage behind him. He really had a full performance in all seven games.
Waid led the Sticks to a 5-2 record while beating two of the final eight teams in the event, The San Diego Show and Rawlings National Scout.
His father, Billy, played for Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn at Texarkana College from 1990 to 1992.
Brenton Clark, 6-2, 178, of Pleasant Grove, Texas, was two of three at the plate in a win over the Midland Redskins. Arkansas second-year right-hander Mark Brissey’s commitment, 6-3 and 210 from Batesville, picked up the win.
The last two victories in the event have been against Massachusetts-based Northeast Baseball and Tulsa-based Sandlot Baseball.
Arkansas coaches, along with hundreds of other college coaches, were on hand.
“Even though we didn’t win it, we were able to do a lot for the players,” Brewster said. “A lot of unengaged guys got the look they needed from colleges and a lot of our engaged guys got the look they needed from pro scouts, and a lot of our guys who engaged colleges got to watch them firsthand. ”