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All American Game  | Story  | 8/30/2022

PGAAC: East Team Highlights

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Braden Holcomb (Perfect Game)
PGAAC: West Team Highlights

The East squad got great performances on the mound all game long, not allowing a hit until the seventh inning, but the bats were held just quiet enough to give the West a 5-2 win in extra innings.

1st Inning

Cameron Johnson was honored with the start on the mound for the East squad, and was up to the task. The big lefty tossed a 1-2-3, 10-pitch inning to get his team in the dugout and ready to hit.

2nd Inning

Charlee Soto showed why he is one of the most highly thought-of pitchers in the class, giving up just one baserunner on an error in the frame. He finished up his inning of work with a swinging strikeout on a nasty slider.

Braden Holcomb picked up the first hit of the game off the West’s Travis Sykora. In a 1-1 count, Holcomb stayed back on a changeup and shot it through the right side into right field.

Holcomb advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Daniel Cuvet, took third on a wild pitch, and an errant throw trying to nab him on his advance allowed him to score on the play to give the East a 1-0 lead.

3rd Inning

Alexander Clemmey got groundball outs on his first two pitches of the inning, then a hit-by-pitch and a couple walks loaded the bases. With the No. 1 player in the country digging into the box, Clemmey dug in himself, and got Max Clark to fly out to left field to end the inning with no runs coming across.

4th Inning

Garrett Baumann worked up to 96 mph on the mound, and looked effortless doing so. The big 6-foot-8 righty put down the side in order, showcasing that big fastball, upper-80s changeup, and low-80s slider.

5th Inning

Colton Hartman kept the line moving for the East on the mound, throwing up another scoreless, hitless inning. Hartman worked with a low- to mid-90s fastball that produced two of his outs, and an upper-70s breaking ball that got a groundout to shortstop to end the inning.

Holcomb picked up his second hit of the game in the fifth, at that point the only two hits in the game for either team.

6th Inning

Liam Peterson put together one of the most impressive innings of the mound for the East in the 6th. Peterson was all fastball in the first at-bat, getting a groundout to third base. He leaned on his breaking ball heavily after that, and for good reason, as it was untouchable. He struck out the last two hitters of the inning, one on a 96 mph fastball and one on a 77 mph breaker.

The East made some noise on the basepaths in the 6th, with Zion Rose singling to right field and moving up to second on a balk call. Macon Winslow also walked in the inning, but nothing came of the scoring threat.

7th Inning

The first three hitters reached base for the West in the 7th, but Landen Maroudis buckled down after that, limiting the damage by getting a strikeout for the first out of the inning and then a groundball that turned into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

8th Inning

Josh Knoth issued a leadoff walk to TJ Pompey, but Pompey was immediately erased trying to steal second base by Macon Winslow behind the plate. Knoth was dialed in after that, striking out the last two hitters of the inning with a low-90s fastball and high-spin curveball.

With the game tied at 1-1, the East got walks to lead off the inning from Justin Best and Isaiah Drake, but weren’t able to push across a go-ahead run in the inning.

9th Inning

Bryce Eldridge was tasked with the 9th inning for the East, and delivered a 1-2-3 frame. The tall, lanky righty worked with a mid-90s fastball and mid-80s breaking ball.

Dylan Cupp singled to start the bottom of the 9th for the East in its attempt to walk off with a win, but three strikeouts left Cupp on first base when the inning came to an end.

10th Inning

Justin Best produced an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 10th, but it wasn’t enough to match the four runs the West put up in the top of the frame.