Beckham of Griffin, Ga. Named MVP;
Martin of Toccoa, Ga. and Hood of Eight Mile, Ala. Win Home Run Derby
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The East squad scored three runs in the
ninth inning for a 5-4 win over the West in front of a standing room crowd of
2,725 at the fifth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic at
San Diego State University's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aflac Classic is the
nation's premier high school baseball game, featuring the best 38 players in
the country entering their senior year. It was the East's second victory in
five games; the West had previously won three-straight Aflac Classics.
Down 4-2 entering the top of the 9th inning, the East posted three runs on
three walks, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly by MVP Tim Beckham of
Griffin, Ga. Beckham was 1-2 with a triple, a walk, two sacrifice flies and
three RBI overall. Reliever Jack Armstrong of Jupiter, Fla., son of former
Major League pitcher Jack Armstrong Sr., pitched two scoreless innings with
four strikeouts for the win.
"The way this went down is a dream come true, a real honor," Beckham said.
"I've been dreaming of something like this my whole life."
East Team Manager Mike Sheppard, Jr., who is head coach at Seton Hall Prep
in West Orange, N.J., said, "I thought it was an outstanding game. We had
opportunities early on and couldn't capitalize, so it was great to come
through at the end when it mattered most."
The West squad was led by catcher Kyle Skipworth of Riverside, Calif., who
knocked in three runs on a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly. Designated
hitter Isaac Galloway of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. also contributed two hits, a
stolen base and a run scored to the West team effort.
The complete Aflac All-American Baseball Classic box score is available at
Prior to the game, Destin Hood of Eight Mile, Ala. and Ethan Martin of
Toccoa, Ga. were co-winners of the Aflac All-American Home Run Derby. Both
Hood and Martin hit five home runs in the final round of the contest, sending
them to a tie-breaking round in which they each hit two more to share the
title of Home Run Derby Champion.
The 2007 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic raised a record $150,000 for
San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center and $20,000 for Coaches
Curing Kids Cancer, the game's official charity partners, as part of Aflac's
ongoing commitment to support research and treatment of pediatric cancer. In
just five years, the game has raised $525,000 for charity.
Friday evening at the Aflac All-American Awards dinner, Tim Melville from
Holt High School (Wentzville, Mo.) won the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Award
as the Aflac National High School Player of the Year. Melville was presented
with the award by Sonya Pankey, granddaughter of the late Hall of Fame
baseball player Jackie Robinson. Melville was also named Baseball America's
Pitching Prospect of the Year.
In a balloting of coaches, players and staff, Sonny Gray (Smyrna HS) from
Smyrna, Tenn., and Brent Warren (Xavier HS) from Robins, Iowa, were named the
winners of this year's Sportsmanship Award. Gray, a 6-foot, 185-pound right-
handed pitcher, was recognized for his decision to come to San Diego for this
week's festivities despite not being able to play in the Classic because of
local eligibility rules. Warren, a 6-3, 175-pound outfielder, competed in San
Diego, just eight months after open heart surgery that nearly ended his
Participants in the Aflac Classic are selected by Baseball America and
prep scouting organization Perfect Game USA.
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