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Harrison Central slugger Bobby Bradley trying to crack Team USA

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) -

Most teenagers are sitting back, waiting for the summer to end before they return to the classroom next week.

Bobby Bradley of Harrison Central High School hasn't been hitting the beach or going to the local movie theatre.  He's been showcasing his baseball talent throughout the United States.

He headed to Cary, North Carolina from June 9-13 and shined.  144 of the top 18 and under players in the nation were divided into eight teams for four days of games.  Bradley was named to the Top-40 roster which will be trimmed down to the final 20-man roster later this month.

On August 16th Bobby will be flying to Los Angeles where the Top-20 players will be selected.   If he cracks the final lineup, the USA Baseball 18U National Team will compete at the 2013 IBAF 18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan starting in late August.  That's a long way from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Bobby batted .567 with eight home runs and 32 RBI's during his junior season at Harrison Central.  He injured a hamstring in a game against Gulfport while stretching to make a catch at first base and missed five games.  He helped the Red Rebels post a 28-5 record, before losing in the 6A State Championship best-of-three series.

In March, Bobby was named to the Perfect Game USA Preseason All-American team that recognizes the top underclass high school baseball athletes in the United States.

Two weeks ago Bradley was one of six high school players who participated in a Home Run Derby in New York.  Bobby banged out 14 home runs to finish 3rd.

He's in Syracuse this week showcasing his talent before 500 pro baseball scouts.  He committed to LSU as a sophomore and can't wait to get to Baton Rouge.

Deloris Bradley, Bobby's mom, says, "He really wants to play college baseball at LSU.  He fell in love with LSU baseball as a youngster and he would love wearing the purple and gold of LSU."

However, he has so much talent, the lure of getting selected early in the Major League Baseball  Draft next summer may steer him to the minor leagues.  Only time will tell.

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