World Champ. Day 4 recap, Part 2
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Contributing: Todd Gold, Frankie Piliere, Jheremy Brown
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Marlins quad was home run derby Sunday morning, including one stretch
when three Grand Slams were hit on the same field over a five inning
barrage on Marlins field 5 started when Texas Sun Devils outfielder
Jamal Howard (Phenix City, Ala.) crushed a walk-off grand slam
to give the Sun Devils a 9-6 win over the Ontario Blue Jays. Howard
is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete who looks like he should have a
football scholarship to Alabama instead of a baseball ride. He had
narrowly missed another home run earlier in the tournament when his
deep drive on Marlins Field 2 was caught on the warning track in the
deepest part of left-center field. Howard has run sub-7.0 60-yard
dash times before and is a high ceiling athlete.
first three hitters in the Chandler Baseball lineup in the bottom of
the first inning of the next game reached base safely, bringing up
cleanup hitter Shane Benes (Town and Country, Mo.), who
promptly made the score 4-0. Benes has hit numerous balls hard the
past three days that have gone just foul and also shown a tendency to
handle off-speed pitches a bit better than fastballs, unusual for
this age. This pitch was a curveball on the inside half, and the
6-foot-3, 200-pound righthanded hitter knew what to do with it.
catcher, Colton Shaver (Riverton, Utah) finished the slam
parade with a deep, bases-loaded blast into the left-center field
trees as Chandler won 13-1 in four innings.
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