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2008 Aflac All-American Classic - Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium was selected as the first Major League ballpark to host this annual contest of the nations top rising high school senior baseball prospects. The 5,600 fans in attendance were treated to an old fashioned pitchers duel between the East and West Aflac All-Americans, that wasn’t decided until the ninth inning.

The West team jumped out to a quick lead, as Slade Heathcott singled home California native David Nick in the bottom of the first. Home Run Derby Champion, Matt Davidson’s double in the fourth inning plated Max Stassi for the second run of the game. Those two runs seemed to be more than enough of a cushion for the West pitchers who had limited the East team to just one hit over the first eight innings.

After an error, infield single and a walk, the East squad was breathing new life in the top of the ninth. Brian Goodwin promptly singled up the middle to plate two runs, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. After the dust settled, the East had grabbed a two run cushion. That was enough support for Austin Maddox, who pitched a scoreless bottom half to get the win. For his late inning heroics, Goodwin was selected as the games Most Valuable Player.

The 4-2 win gave the East squad their second consecutive victory and tied the series at 3 wins each.

During the annual Awards banquet, Mychal Givens received the 2008 Player of the Year Award and Beau Wright was given the Sportsmanship Award for his conduct during the week’s activities, which is voted on by his coaches and fellow players.

East Roster

Player Pos. High School Last Drafted Organization
Luke Bailey C Troup County HS, Ga. 2009 (Rd 4) Tampa Bay Rays
Ethan Carter RHP Menchville HS, Va. NA NA
Scooter Gennett IF Sarasota HS, Fla. 2009 (Rd 16) Milwaukee Brewers
Mychal Givens SS/RHP H.B. Plant HS, Fla. 2009 (Rd 16) Baltimore Orioles
Brian Goodwin OF Rocky Mount HS, N.C. 2011 (Rd 1.) Washington Nationals
Michael Heller RHP/IF Cardinal Mooney HS, Fla. 2009 (Rd 29) Pittsburgh Pirates
Christopher Jenkins RHP Westfield Senior HS, N.J. NA NA
Ian Krol LHP Neuqua Valley HS, Ill. 2009 (Rd 7) Oakland Athletics
Braxton Lane OF Sandy Creek HS, Ga. 2009 (Rd 7) Texas Rangers
Austin Maddox C/RHP Eagle's View Academy, Fla. 2009 (Rd 37) Tampa Bay Rays
Keyvius Sampson RHP Ocala Forest HS, Fla. 2009 (Rd 4) San Diego Padres
Richie Shaffer IF/RHP Providence HS, N.C. 2009 (Rd 25) Los Angeles Dodgers
Drew Steckenrider OF Greater Atlanta Christian School, Ga. NA NA
Donavan Tate OF Cartersville HS, Ga. 2009 (Rd 1) San Diego Padres
Jason Thompson IF Germantown HS, Tenn. 2009 (Rd 11) Boston Red Sox
Daniel Tuttle
RHP Randleman Senior HS, N.C. 2009 (Rd 5) Cincinnati Reds
LeVon Washington OF Buccholz HS, Fla. 2010 (Rd 2) Cleveland Indians
Zack Wheeler RHP East Paulding HS, Ga. 2009 (Rd 1) San Francisco Giants
Michael Zunino C Mariner HS, Fla. 2009 (Rd 29) Oakland Athletics

West Roster

Player Pos. High School Last Drafted Organization
Matt Davidson 3B Yucaipa HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 1) Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Graham RHP Oak Ridge HS, Texas 2009 (Rd 6) San Francisco Giants
Scott Griggs RHP San Ramon Valley HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 34) Seattle Mariners
Slade Heathcott OF/LHP Texas HS, Texas 2009 (Rd 1) New York Yankees
Kyrell Hudson OF Evergreen HS, Wash. 2009 (Rd 3) Philadelphia Phillies
Tyler Matzek LHP Capistrano Valley HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 1) Colorado Rockies
Jiovanni Mier SS Bonita HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 1) Houston Astros
Jacob Morris OF Coppell HS, Texas 2013 (Rd 24) Chicago White Sox
David Nick IF Cypress HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 4) Arizona Diamondbacks
Brooks Pounders RHP Temecula Valley HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 2) Pittsburgh Pirates
Matthew Purke LHP Klein HS, Texas 2011 (Rd 3) Washington Nationals
Jonathan Singleton 1B Millikan HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 8) Philadelphia Phillies
Max Stassi C Yuba City HS, Calif. 2009 (Rd 4) Oakland Athletics
Andrew Susac C Jesuit HS, Calif. 2011 (Rd 2) San Francisco Giants
Chad Thompson RHP El Toro HS, Calif. 2011 (Rd 27) Milwaukee Brewers
Jacob Turner RHP Westminster Christian Academy, Mo. 2009 (Rd 1) Detroit Tigers
Jonathan Walsh C Coppell HS, Texas 2009 (Rd 18) San Francisco Giants
Everett Williams OF McCallum HS, Texas 2009 (Rd 2) San Diego Padres
Beau Wright LHP Los Alamitos HS, Calif. 2010 (Rd 48) Florida Marlins

Game Awards

• MVP Award: Brian Goodwin
• Jackie Robinson Award: Mychael Givens
• Home Run Derby Champion: Matt Davidson

Statistical Performers

• Hits: Brian Goodwin (2)
• Runs: Six players with 1 each
• Runs Batted In: Brian Goodwin (2)
• Home Runs: None
• Stolen Bases: Four players with 1 each
• Strikeouts: Jacob Turner (5 in 2 innings)

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