Hanfords Isaac Benard and Kennewicks J.J. Hancock both seniors to be were selected to represent the Tri-Cities at the New Balance Area Code Baseball Games on Aug. 5-10 in Long Beach, Calif.
The Area Code games serve as a valuable part of the Major League Baseball scouting process, as scouts from every MLB team will be on hand. The rosters, chosen after an invitation-only tryout, include the best high school players from around the nation competing at the highest level.
Benard, a Class 3A all-state selection as an outfielder, and Hancock, a first-team All-CBBN catcher, will play for the Kansas City Royals, a team stocked with 33 of the top players from Boise, Montana, Oregon and Washington, plus one from Canada.
Benard, the CBBN co-player of the year, led the league in batting (.541), home runs (9), RBIs (38) and runs scored (29).
The event will be televised on Aug. 6 on ESPN3.