ABERDEEN, Md., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Devin Shepherd, an outfielder from
Oxnard, Calif., earned Most Valuable Player honors at the third annual Aflac
All-American High School Baseball Classic at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.,
as the West Team defeated the East Team, 8-4 in front of a crowd of more than
4,000. Shepherd paced the East's attack, going 2 for 3 with two singles, two
walks, one RBI and two runs scored. The complete Aflac All-American Baseball
Classic box score is available at http://www.aflacallamerican.com.
The West's Nathan Bridges started the game's scoring by slugging a two-run
double down the left field line in the top of the second, which drove in Devin
Shepherd and Jeff Rapoport, who both reached base on consecutive singles.
Bridges had a strong offensive game, going 2 for 5 with two RBI's while
Rapoport went 2 for 4 with one run and one stolen base.
Brett Anderson was the winning pitcher for the West, which also featured
strong performances on the mound from Jordan Walden and Kyle Drabek. Walden,
the starting pitcher, and Drabek, the closer, threw two scoreless innings
The East Team got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when
Chris Marrero doubled in Billy Rowell, who walked, and Andrew Clark, who was
hit by a pitch. Both Rowell and Ryan Jackson helped pace the East's offensive
attack. Rowell went 2 for 3 with two singles, two walks, one RBI and two runs
scored, while Jackson went 2 for 3 with two singles and one walk. Jackson
also made several stellar defensive plays, including a throw to nail Jared
Mitchell at home plate on an attempted double steal.
Several East pitchers starred on the mound, including Dellin Betances, who
pitched a scoreless second inning, Cory Rasmus, who had two strikeouts while
pitching a scoreless sixth inning and Chris Walden, who also had two
strikeouts during a scoreless seventh inning.
In festivities held prior to the game, Robby Alcombrack, a power-hitting
catcher from Bear River High School near Sacramento, Calif., took first place
honors in the third annual Home Run Derby with six home runs. Alcombrack beat
other Home Run Derby finalists Kyle Drabek (two home runs), Torre Langley (one
home run) and Jeff Rapoport (one home run).
The 2005 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic raised over $100,000 for the
division of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the
game's official charity, as part of Aflac's ongoing commitment to support
research and treatment of pediatric cancer.
At the Aflac All-American Awards dinner on Aug. 11, Cody Johnson (Panama
City, Fla.) won the second annual Jackie Robinson Award as the Aflac National
High School Player of the Year. Johnson was presented with the award by
Rachel Robinson, the widow of the late Hall of Fame Baseball Player Jackie
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic features the nation's
top 38 rising senior high school players from across the nation in an East vs.
West match-up. Participants are selected by Baseball America and Perfect Game
USA to form the Aflac All-American Team. For more information on the 2005
game and all the game week activities, log on to
For more information contact:
Mechell Clark, Aflac Dan Sabreen, Sports America, Inc
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