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All American Game : : Story

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013

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SAN DIEGO – For the third consecutive year the West team defeated the East, this year doing so by a final score of 8-6 to pull ahead in the all-time series 6-4-1.

Hickman, Neb. native Jakson Reetz was named the game MVP by going 2-for-4 with two runs driven in, one run scored and three of the eight stolen bases by the West squad. Reetz had the biggest hit of the evening, drilling a 94 mph fastball from Dylan Cease to the fence in right-centerfield for an RBI double in the top of the second inning.

"I'm really honored to be one of the guys to get this (award), playing with the 50 best guys in the nation," Reetz said after accepting his MVP trophy from Classic Honorary Chairman Trevor Hoffman. "This has been a great experience for me and I just have to keep working hard and keep going with my career.

"This has been awesome and very inspiring, getting to see those kids at the Rady Children's Hospital, and I couldn't have asked for a better experienced ... and I just had fun playing baseball with these guys and it was an awesome experience for me."

Reetz' run-scoring double was the second of the inning for the West, pulling ahead for the time being with a 2-1 lead.

The early innings proved to be a see-saw affair for both squads after Grant Holmes opened the game with an easy 1-2-3 inning for the East. The East struck first in the bottom of the first against Brady Aiken, when Braxton Davidson hit a sac fly to left field scoring Nick Gordon, who reached on an infield single as the team's leadoff hitter.

After the West scored their two runs in the top of the second, the East responded with two more of their own in the bottom of the frame. Ti'Quan Forbes, who had a pair of hits in the event's scrimmage on Friday night, his a sharp RBI single through the right side of the infield, and then scored another run on a double-steal by Forbes and Carl Chester.

Down two runs in the top of the fifth, the West scratched three runs across to secure a lead they would not relinquish. Jakson Reetz reached on an error which scored Jack Flaherty, and Marcus Wilson scored on a wild pitch as part of a walk issued to Monte' Harrison. Another double steal with Jakson Reetz crossing homeplate pushed the game to 5-3.

The East answered with another run in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Chavis hit a rocket single up the middle with two outs, stole second, advanced to third on the throw and then scored on a wild pitch.

In the top of the sixth the West extended the lead to three runs.

With one out, Trenton Kemp hit a hard single up the middle. Alex Jackson followed Kemp's single up the middle with one of his own, and Derek Hill, who pinch ran for Kemp, scored on a hard infield single that Jacob Gatewood hit right back at the pitcher Joe Gatto. Stone Garrett hit a fielder's choice that resulted in no outs and scored Jackson.

The end of the scoring for the West came in the top of the ninth when D.J. Peters ripped an RBI single to right field, scoring Darius Day.

Proving they still had fight left in them, the East scored single tallies in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings to make things interesting.

Reese Cooley hit an RBI groundout in the eighth scoring Justus Sheffield, who pinch ran for Chase Vallot after he ripped a double down the left field line to open the frame.

Michael Gettys recorded a double of his own with one out in the ninth, hitting a laser to centerfield and then turning on the jets to leg out a hustle double. He scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

After the last out was recorded, the West and East teams quickly converged to the pitching mound to re-create the double dog-pile from a year ago, in what is proving to be a tradition at the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Eighteen of the 19 pitchers that took the mound threw 91 or harder, with nine of those pitchers (Tyler Kolek, Dylan Cease, Touki Toussaint, Grant Holmes, Kodi Medeiros, Brandon Murray, Luis Ortiz, Sean Reid-Foley, Zack Shannon) touching at least 95 mph. Kolek's 99 mph fastball set an event record, previously set at 98 by Mychal Givens in 2008.

In addition to Grant Holmes' clean top of the first inning, Kodi Medeiros (bottom of the third), Cobi Johnson (top of the fourth), Sean Reid Foley (top of the seventh) and David Peterson (bottom of the seventh) all pitched perfect frames. Johnson and Reid-Foley both struck out the side.

Mac Marshall also faced the minimum after Scott Hurst, who reached on a walk, was gunned down on the base-paths attempting to steal third base.

Keaton McKinney, who struck out three of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the fourth inning, picked up the win, while Zack Shannon, who struck out Nick Gordon to end the game, earned the save.

You can follow all of the event's activities by reading the Perfect Game All-American Classic event blog, with links to player features as well as the event's Facebook, Twitter and Flickr feeds.

Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, scouts, friends, family members, sponsors, partners and fans for making the 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic another successful event.

 
 
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