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All American Game  | Story  | 8/28/2022

All-American Weekend Roundup

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Perfect Game
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- This year's Perfect Game All-Americans have been busy all weekend in Phoenix, making an impact in the community while also preparing to play in the 20th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic, which will be played at 5 pm local time, 8 pm ET on Sunday, August 28 and broadcasted live on ESPNU.

Below are some of the highlights of the weekend thus far.

All-Americans Visit Valencia Newcomer School

On Friday, the All-Americans gathered at Valencia Newcomer School. Valencia is unique in that any student who enrolls is a newcomer to America's teaching and learning system.

Perfect Game's All-Americans, with the help of the Perfect Game Cares Grow The Game Fund, handed out baseball gloves to over 100 refugee students and participated in a whiffle ball game.

"Seeing these kid's faces light up just made my face light up," Tre Phelps said. "Making their day made my day...Walking in, the high fives, the hugs, the talks. I even learned some new Spanish today from the kids. I've helped them with some English."

Tre said he learned a lot from his trip to Valencia that he will take back to Georgia with him.

"Don't take anything for granted," he said. "There are a lot of things that are normal, that really aren't normal for other kids."

Scrimmage, Home Run Derby at Chase Field

The 60 All-Americans got loose before the bright lights turn on Sunday night with a scrimmage and preliminary rounds of the Home Run Derby.

There were plenty of standout performances, as is the case when 60 of the best prep players in the country all get together, but maybe none more eye-opening than Japan's Itsuki Takemoto, who struck out six of the nine hitters he faced.

Arjun Nimmala, Ralphy Velazquez, Daniel Cuvet, and Andrew Wiggins advanced to the Finals of the Home Run Derby with their performances on Saturday.

Nimmala and Velazquez paced the pack with 13 home runs each, with Cuvet and Wiggins right behind with 12 apiece.

PG All-American Classic Awards Banquet

On Saturday night, Perfect Game held its annual All-American Classic awards banquet, in which several awards were handed out to this year's crop of All-Americans. Below are the awards handed out.

Jackie Robinson Player of the Year: Aidan Miller
Baseball America Pitcher of the Year: Charlee Soto
PG Tech Offensive Player of the Year: Kevin McGonigle
Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year: Roch Cholowsky
DICK'S Sporting Goods 5-Tool Award: Maxwell Clark
Leaf Scholar Athlete: Walker Jenkins
SiriusXM Power Hitter: Arjun Nimmala
G-Form Level Up Award: Drew Burress
YETI Top Performer: Tre Phelps
Trackman Award: Noble Meyer
Launch Hydrate Most Projectable: Eric Bitonti
Oakley Two-Way Player: Blake Mitchell
Perfect Game Nick Adenhart Award: Andrew Duncan

The Perfect Game Cares Foundation also announced that over $100,000 were raised through the All-Americans that will go toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the PG Cares Grow The Game Fund. Gabe Gaeckle, Gavin Grahovac, and Blake Mitchell were this year's top fundraisers.