North baseball to host showcase in November

North Gwinnett head baseball coach Frank Vashaw during a game last season.

North Gwinnett head baseball coach Frank Vashaw during a game last season.

After hosting a successful showcase in a previous job at Coffee, North Gwinnett head baseball coach Frank Vashaw has another one at his new school.

The North Metro Diamond Extravaganza enters its eighth year with high hopes after drawing as many as 100 high school players for past events. In addition to getting some coaching, those baseball players also compete in front of a large group of college scouts. It is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at North Gwinnett.

"It's worked out to where locally it's been pretty good because we've had quite a few kids catch the eyes of some colleges here," Vashaw said. "It's been a good way for a lot of kids in our area to be seen and it's developed some good relationships with the colleges around the state."

North is the host site for the camp, which is run by Gordon College coach Travis McClanahan. He will be assisted by coaches from colleges like Georgia, Valdosta State, North Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College, Kennesaw State, Young Harris and USC-Aiken. Other colleges are expected to attend to scout players.

The players get pro-style workouts in the morning, followed by games in the afternoon, which gives pitchers more of a chance to showcase their skills.

While the event is heavy on local players, it has drawn a handful of players from South Georgia in the past.

"Travis has done a great job of putting it on," Vashaw said.

Both showcase sessions begin at 9 a.m., with the Nov. 3 showcase for high school underclassmen and the Nov. 4 showcase for high school seniors. The cost is $125 per player.

For more information or to register, go to www.baseball.northgwinnett.com or contact Vashaw or assistant coach Ryan Moity at Frank_Vashaw@gwinnett.k12.ga.us, Ryan_Moity@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or 678-546-8721.