The California Gold team defended their home turf at the University of San Diego, knocking off the East 11-5 to win the 2013 PG Underclass All American Games.
2015 SS John Aiello
(Lansdale, PA) pulled the East even at 5-5 in the seventh inning with a well struck two-run double to left center while hitting from the left side. Aiello has legitimate bat speed from both sides, though he's an especially advanced right handed hitter at this point. Aiello finished the championship game 2-for-3 with a walk.
2016 OF Blake Rutherford
(West Hills, CA) broke the game open in the 10th inning, doubling California's two run lead with a single to center, and would then come around to add yet another insurance run on a single by 2015 IF Niko Navarro
(Rancho Cuccamunga, CA), who went 2-for-4.
2015 3B Brendon Davis
(Lakewood, CA) had a big game offensively for California, going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and scored what ultimately proved to be the winning run. 2015 OF Alfonso Rivas
(Poway, CA) hit the ball hard in all three trips to the plate, he was only rewarded with one hit (a two run double), but it was an impressive showing in spite of what the boxscore suggests. Davis also touched 88 mph on the mound in his scoreless inning of relief.
2015 C Dalton Blumenfeld
(Los Angeles, CA) reached base in his first three trips to the plate, finally making an out after having been hit hard in the left shoulder in his third plate appearance, which seemed to affect him in his final AB. More impressively, he threw out a would-be basestealing with a pop time of 1.99 seconds.
2015 OF Luis Tade
(Murrieta, CA) was very impressive with his ability to recognize pitches out of the hand and showed good hand-eye coordination. He hammered a hanging breaking ball off the wall in left field for an RBI triple in his first AB, and continued to have good takes and put good swings on the ball in his later plate appearances.
2015 OF Danny Blair
(Bel Air, MD) mad the highlight defensive play of the game with a diving catch in right centerfield to end the top of the seventh, and then followed it up with a two run double later in the inning before scoring the tying run.
The championship game featured a pair of interesting lefties: Logan Allen
(Fletcher, NC) and Erik Cha
(Chino Hills, CA). Allen got the start for the East, his second champiohship game start in the past month, as Allen pitched the EvoShield Canes to a win in the 17u PG World Series championship game. He sat 82-86 with his fastball, and mixed his four pitches well, also using a 70 mph curveball, 74 mph sliderand 75 mph changeup. Cha worked 83-86 with good run on his fastball, and had a71 mph curve and 75 mph changeup.
2015 RHP ConnorMcCullom (Huntington Beach, CA) threw three scoreless innings as theCalifornia starter. He sat 82-86 with a 74 mph curveball and 78 mph changeup.The East team had the top velocities of the game, with 2015 MIF/RHP Andrew Noviello (Raynham, MA) touching89, while teammates 2015 RHP Zane Gill(Pensacola Beach, FL) and 2015 SS/RHP LTTolbert (Piedmont, SC) each topping out at 88.