- Canyon High School Star Named Aflac Classic MVP; Cameron Rupp Sets New Aflac
Classic Home Run Derby Record -
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth annual Aflac All-American
High School Baseball Classic went down to the wire today as the West squad
held on for a narrow 9-8 victory over the East team at San Diego State
University's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aflac Classic is the nation's top high
school baseball game, featuring the best 38 players in the country entering
their senior year. The sellout crowd of 2,653 saw the West squad win the
elite event for the third straight year.
The West squad was led by Christian Colon, Canyon High School (Anaheim
Hills, Calif.), who tallied two singles, three stolen bases and three runs
scored (tying an Aflac Classic Record) to help lead the West to victory. His
performance earned him Most Valuable Player honors.
"It's just an amazing feeling," Colon said. "To have the opportunity to
play with the top 38 guys in the nation at the Aflac Classic and to be
recognized on national TV like this, it's just amazing."
Fellow West squad teammate Josh Vitters, Cypress High School (Anaheim,
Calif.), also belted three doubles, notched three RBIs and scored two runs.
The East team, coached by Kevin Maris, son of baseball legend Roger Maris,
was led by Jason Heyward, Henry County High School (McDonough, Ga.) who
compiled two hits, two RBI, two runs scored and set a new Aflac Classic record
with four stolen bases.
The complete Aflac All-American Baseball Classic box score is available at
Prior to the game, Cameron Rupp of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano,
Texas) thrilled fans as he belted seven home runs to win the Aflac
All-American Home Run Derby. The previous record was six home runs.
The 2006 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic raised $130,000 for San
Diego's Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center and $15,000 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.
Friday evening at the Aflac All-American Awards dinner, Michael Burgess of
Hillsborough High School, (Tampa, Fla.) won the third annual Jackie Robinson
Award as the Aflac National High School Player of the Year. Burgess was
presented with the award by Rachel Robinson, the widow of the late Hall of
Fame Baseball Player Jackie Robinson.
Participants in the Aflac Classic are selected by Baseball America and
prep scouting organization Perfect Game USA.
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