DIEGO – In front of 7,638 fans at PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, the West team
defeated the East 7-6 in the 10th edition of the Perfect Game All-American Classic presented by
Rawlings. With the win, the West now leads the all-time series
6-5 in the top of the seventh, Rowdy Tellez smoked a ball to left
field that was hit so hard it rolled all of the way to the wall and
allowed Tellez to advance to third with a stand-up two-run triple. On the
play, Stephen Gonsalves and Kacy Clemens scored the game-tying and
go-ahead runs as the West took the lead after trailing since the
bottom of the second.
Boldt was named the Classic's MVP by going 2-for-3 with a triple of
was just a dream come true," Boldt said after the game. "It
was just a great opportunity to be able to come out and play with all
these great players. It was a lot of fun down here, first of all,
and you've got to have fun at these kind of events. Hanging out with
the guys has just really been a good time."
recording only two runs on one hit collectively as a team in the 2011 Classic, the
East didn't waste any time getting on the board, pushing across
single runs in both the first and second innings and two more in the
Mercado led the
bottom of the first off with a walk. He stole second, advanced to
third on a groundout and scored on Clint Frazier's sacrifice fly to
the bottom of the second, Jan Hernandez followed a Nick Ciuffo walk
by crushing a low fastball over the head of Boldt for a double.
Travis Demeritte then hit an RBI double to right-center which gave
the East a 2-1 lead.
one out in the bottom of the third, Austin Meadows sliced a single to
left field, advanced to second on Clint Frazier's single and stole
third base. Clint Frazier stole second on the next pitch, and both
baserunners scored on Cord Sandberg's two-run single to right field
giving the East a 4-1 lead.
East added two more runs in the fifth as the first four batters
John Sternagel opened the frame by lining a single to
right-centerfield. Oscar Mercado followed that with a bloop single
to left. After Austin Meadows was hit by a pitch, Clint Frazier hit
an absolute rocket to deep centerfield scoring Clinton Hollon, who
pinch ran for Sternagel. On the play, Mercado was thrown out at home
thanks to a strong relay throw by West infielder Sheldon Neuse, a play that would later prove to be crucial. The
East's final run of the game came when Austin Meadows scored on a
wild pitch, giving the East a 6-1 lead.
West's first run came in the top of the second as the team opened the
inning with three consecutive singles. The third of those came off
the bat of Jeremy Martinez, who hit a sharp single up the middle
driving home Chris Rivera.
the first Dominican player to ever participate in the Perfect Game
All-American Classic, Mayky Perez, on the mound, the West pulled
within one run in the top of the sixth with a four-run frame.
Derik Beauprez opened the inning with a walk, J.P. Crawford hit a
weak ground ball to first baseman Zack Collins. On Collins' relay
throw to shortstop Jan Hernandez, Hernandez appeared to lose sight of
the ball, and was unable to turn what appeared to be a tailor-made
double play. Cavan Biggio followed that play with a walk, and
Dominic Smith took advantage by hitting a two-run single.
added one more run in the sixth when Nick Banks hit an RBI groundout,
product Stephen Gonsalves picked up the win, Robert Tyler took the
loss and Kacy Clemens worked a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
pitchers took the mound between both teams, with each pitcher working
one inning a piece. All but one had a peak velocity of at least 90
mph, led by Kohl Stewart's 95 mph fastball, who started the game for
the West. East pitchers Chris Oakley and Brett Morales each touched
Casey Shane and Derik Beauprez threw perfect 1-2-3 innings, while
Brady Corless and Gonsalves also faced the minimum.
defensive play of the game was made by outfielder Josh Hart. On a
towering fly ball down the left field line off the bat of Rowdy Tellez in the fourth inning, Hart made a leaping catch
in foul territory to pull the ball out of the stands for the second
out of the inning.
Prior to the game the final round of the Rawlings Home Run Challenge was conducted. After hitting nine home runs in the first round of the Challenge, which was conducted on Saturday at Point Loma Nazarene University, Justin Williams hit four more on Sunday to win the challenge.
Williams got off to a slot start, as big-league hitters know how difficult it is to knock the ball out at PETCO Park, as did the other five participants, of whom combined to hit only one home run. With no home runs and only four outs to go, three of his East teammates (Nick Ciuffo, Oscar Mercado and Chris Okey) came out, rubbed him down and took off his sunglasses while offering words of encouragement. After the pep talk Williams proceeded to hit his four homers.
"They took the glasses and I kind of got serious," Williams said. "I was like, 'All right, I really have to focus now; no more joking around.' Once you hit two or three, then you're like, 'OK, relax.' Then you try to follow up with the same routine every time, and once you get in a rhythm it's hard to break it."
Clint Frazier was the only other participant to hit a home run in the challenge, and he also hit a shot off of the 401-foot sign on the wall in left-center.
Frazier was named the Jackie Robinson Player of the Year Award winner as part of the event's annual dinner banquet on Saturday. Other award winners include Mercado, the Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year, Dominic Smith, the New Balance Prospect of the Year, Robert Kaminsky (who started the game for the East), the Baseball America Pitcher of the Year, Jan Hernandez, the Perfect Game Nick Adenhart Award, and Cavan Biggio, the Evoshield SWAG award.
to all of the players for participating in the 2012 Perfect Game
All-American Classic presented by Rawlings, which celebrated its 10th year as high school baseball's premier all-american all-star event.
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