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Tournaments | Story | 10/25/2021

IBAHS White Wins Inaugural San Juan Classic

Blake Dowson     
Photo: IBAHS White (Perfect Game)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As part of a continued expansion of the Perfect Game International schedule, the first annual San Juan Classic was held from Oct. 22-24 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, P.R.
Twenty-four teams across three pools competed for a chance to be the first-ever team crowned at the event, with IBAHS White outlasting the bunch, winning by a 7-0 final in the championship game over Team Pro Baseball.
The talent at the event was top-notch, with numerous top-500 players and Division-I commits suited up. Florida International commits commanded a big presence at the San Juan Classic, with three top-500s in attendance – Jamaliel Rosado (No. 170 overall in 2022 class), Jorge J Cartagena (t-500), and Giullianno Allende (t-500).
Allende was a member of the IBAHS White championship team, hitting second in the order throughout the tournament and in the title game. He walked and scored in the contest, which was all but over after IBAHS White hung up four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and three more in the second.
Abraham Lowrance walked to begin the bottom of the first inning, and Brian Piñero singled to score him and put the first run on the board. Eldred J George then doubled to score Piñero, and IBAHS White was off to the races. Brian Cruz and Ederick Martinez added RBI base hits in the inning to put the crooked four-spot up.
George added another RBI base hit in the next inning, this time a two-RBI single that scored Allende and Piñero and pushed the score to what ended up being the final, 7-0. George, a catcher by trade and top-1000 player in the 2022 class, was named the MVP of the event for his efforts. The Alabama State commit hit .538 over five games with a 1.493 OPS, with four doubles, three walks, five runs, seven RBI, and four stolen bases.
Daniel Pierre was the man on the mound for IBAHS White in the championship game, tossing all five innings in shutout fashion, striking out four while allowing just two hits and two walks.
Jahir Perez, another Alabama State commit, won MV-Pitcher honors for IBAHS White, delivering the performance of the tournament in his team’s opening pool play game. In IBAHS White’s closest game, a 2-1 win over Team Mizuno Puerto Rico, Perez tossed all six innings, allowing just one unearned run, while striking out 13 and giving up three hits.

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