2008 Aflac All-American Classic - Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium was selected as the first Major League ballpark to host this annual contest of the nations top rising high school senior baseball prospects. The 5,600 fans in attendance were treated to an old fashioned pitchers duel between the East and West Aflac All-Americans, that wasn’t decided until the ninth inning.

The West team jumped out to a quick lead, as Slade Heathcott singled home California native David Nick in the bottom of the first. Home Run Derby Champion, Matt Davidson’s double in the fourth inning plated Max Stassi for the second run of the game. Those two runs seemed to be more than enough of a cushion for the West pitchers who had limited the East team to just one hit over the first eight innings.

After an error, infield single and a walk, the East squad was breathing new life in the top of the ninth. Brian Goodwin promptly singled up the middle to plate two runs, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. After the dust settled, the East had grabbed a two run cushion. That was enough support for Austin Maddox, who pitched a scoreless bottom half to get the win. For his late inning heroics, Goodwin was selected as the games Most Valuable Player.

The 4-2 win gave the East squad their second consecutive victory and tied the series at 3 wins each.

During the annual Awards banquet, Mychal Givens received the 2008 Player of the Year Award and Beau Wright was given the Sportsmanship Award for his conduct during the week’s activities, which is voted on by his coaches and fellow players.

East Roster

PlayerPosHigh School
Luke Bailey C Troup, GA
Ethan Carter RHP Menchville, VA
Ryan "Scooter" Gennett MIF Sarasota, FL
Mychal Givens SS Plant, FL
Brian Goodwin OF Rocky Mount, NC
Michael Heller MIF Cardinal Mooney, FL
Christopher Jenkins RHP Westfield, NJ
Ian Krol LHP Neuqua Valley, IL
Braxton Lane OF Sandy Creek, GA
Austin Maddox C Eagle's View, FL
Keyvius Sampson RHP Forest, FL
Richie Shaffer 3B Providence, NC
Drew Steckenrider OF Greater Atlanta Christian,
Donavan Tate OF Cartersville, GA
Jason Thompson MIF Germantown, TN
Daniel Tuttle RHP Randleman, NC
LeVon Washington OF Bucholtz, FL
Zack Wheeler RHP East Paulding, GA
Michael Zunino C Mariner, FL

West Roster

PlayerPosHigh School
Matt Davidson 3B Yucaipa,
Matthew Graham RHP Oak Ridge, TX
Scott Griggs RHP San Ramon Valley, CA
Slade Heathcott OF Texas, TX
Kyrell Hudson OF Evergreen, WA
Tyler Matzek LHP Capistrano Valley, CA
Jiovanni Mier SS Bonita, CA
Jacob Morris OF Coppell, TX
David Nick MIF Cypress, CA
Brooks Pounders RHP Temecula Valley, CA
Matthew Purke LHP Klein, TX
Jonathan Singleton 1B Millikan, CA
Max Stassi C Yuba City, CA
Andrew Susac C Jesuit, CA
Chad Thompson RHP El Toro, CA
Jacob Turner RHP Westminster Christian, MO
Jonathan Walsh C Coppell, TX
Everett Williams OF McCallum, TX
Beau Wright LHP Los Alamitos, CA

Game Awards

• MVP Award: Brian Goodwin
• Jackie Robinson Award: Mychael Givens
• Home Run Derby Champion: Matt Davidson

Statistical Performers

• Hits: Brian Goodwin (2)
• Runs: Six players with 1 each
• Runs Batted In: Brian Goodwin (2)
• Home Runs: None
• Stolen Bases: Four players with 1 each
• Strikeouts: Jacob Turner (5 in 2 innings)

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