Final Day

POWER SHOWCASE Final Day

By Brian Gosset

The final day of the POWER SHOWCASE at Globe Life Park in Arlington was on Nov. 2, and it was a thrilling one.

Three events took place Sunday; the Future Stars All-Star Game, Home Run Derby Championship round and the National High School Classic.

The Future Stars took the field to begin and it didn’t disappoint. The young men played a total of 12 innings, as the American League won 20-19 against the National League.

Back-and-forth it would go as both squads combine for 27 hits in a game that took nearly six hours to play.

Not to be forgotten, the Home Run Derby returned for championship play Sunday afternoon in three divisions – Future Stars Rookies, Future Stars Advanced and Upperclassmen/Featured.

The rookies (ages 11-12) were up first. It was a rather quiet round as Blake Harmon (TX) and Giani Gilch (PA) hit two homers each while Blaze Jordan (MS) took the crown with four, including a 390-foot shot into left.

Jordan didn’t think he’d make it to the last round, let alone win it all.

For the Advanced players (13-16), Luke Nagy (TX) and his dad talked about what it would be like if Luke won the event, and what do you know, he did after he hit 10 homers, beating out fellow Texan Julian Colombo, who was the next closest with eight.

The final round came from the older kids. Oklahoma’s Dalton Reed put on a show with home runs some of the major-league players wish they could hit. However, his five long balls weren’t enough as Baylor Rowlett (TX) took the title with nine.

“This weekend just brought me back to the reality of having fun and when you get the chance to meet new people, you take the advantage,” Rowlett said.

After a short recess for awards and pictures, the main event of the entire weekend took place under the lights when play began for the National High School Classic.

The National League looked to have a firm grasp on this one as it took a 3-0 lead after one. After going up 4-0 and 7-3, the American League stormed back with 10-straight runs to finish the game in 14 innings by a tune of 13-7.

There were no home runs in either All-Star game, but Sunday was full of excitement nonetheless and as each player packed up their bags and said goodbye, they knew they were part of something special – and made long-lasting friendships in the process.

“I met a lot of new people, got new friends on Twitter and Instagram,” Canada’s Canice Ejoh said. “I met a lot of good guys, humble guys that I have a lot of respect for.”