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PG Select Baseball Festival | General | 8/29/2021

West Is Best at 13u Select Festival

Blake Dowson     
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In a fight to see which coast was the best coast, the West squad came out on top in a back and forth contest at the Perfect Game 13u Select Festival held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, winning by a score of 5-4.
 
CJ Sampson got the start on the mound for the West squad, tossing nothing but strikes in the top of the first inning, needing only eight pitches with the help of a caught-stealing to get out of the frame unscathed.
 


Grady Emerson then gave the West squad its first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning, roping a line drive into the right-center gap. On what looked like a surefire triple off the bat, Emerson took advantage of a long relay throw and never stopped running until he slid into home plate for an inside-the-park home run.
 


Innings two through six were mostly bereft of scoring, save a Jack Armijo sacrifice fly for the West squad in the third inning to push its lead to 2-0.
 
There were a number of impressive plays and performances in the middle innings, however, and none better than the work of the East’s Jayden Stroman at shortstop. On a sharp ground ball to his right in the bottom of the third, Stroman dove and gathered the ball in his glove, while spinning around to make a perfect one-hop throw to first to get the runner and save a run in the process.



Christian Sheffield and Hunter Harrington also added deep doubles in the middle innings, a pair of knocks that both reached the wall in left field.
 
The East squad took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, hanging three runs on the scoreboard. Justice de Jong walked to put the first baserunner on and start a rally.
 
Four more walks and a dropped third strike followed, and when the dust settled on the frame, it was 3-2 in favor of the East.
 
Andrew Costello then tossed a scoreless frame for the East, and was matched by Ryan Harwood with a scoreless inning of his own in the top of the eighth.
 
The West then regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, starting things off with walks from Jesiah Andrade and Armijo. Bubba Coleman then singled to score Andrade and tie the game, a wild pitch scored Armijo, and a Shane Parker sac fly scored Coleman to push the lead to 5-3.
 
Sean Ashenfelder walked in the top of the ninth inning, and Deion Cole, the winner of the coinciding home run derby at the 13u Select Festival, then tripled to score Ashenfelder to get the East team within a run at 5-4, but the West’s Nikolas Peinado slammed the door shut with a strikeout to end the game.
 


As part of the festivities surrounding the game, the players selected for the event raised money toward the Perfect Game Cares Grow The Game Fund, as well as the Toby Keith Foundation. In total, the event raised more than $170,000. Colten Springall, the game’s leading fundraiser, set a Perfect Game record, raising more than $60,000 on his own.
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