Ramos Blasts 404-Foot Homerun, Wins Tiebreaker to Advance to Sunday’s Final
The three finalists of the 13U division of the 2016 International Power Showcase were decided on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Texas Rangers. Aiden Macks, Jake Ausec and John Ramos advanced in Sunday’s finals as the top three homerun hitters.
CJ Picone got his name atop the leaderboard early with five homeruns, with the furthest reaching 385 feet. Ramos stepped up to the plate six batters later, tying Picone’s five blasts, including a 392-footer that went over the wall in left field.
“It was amazing. Really Amazing. I never thought I would get the chance to do it,” said Ramos on the major-league length homerun.
With Ramos and Picone tied at five homeruns apiece, the two required a three-out swing off to decide the final spot for Sunday’s final. Ramos bat first in the tiebreaker, hitting two homeruns on his first two swings. Needing two homeruns to continue the swing off and three to win, Picone recorded three straight outs.
Ramos was followed up by Aiden Macks, who started off with just one homerun and five outs. He then blasted a 404-foot homerun, the longest of the day, off the wall in deep center field. The long ball sparked four consecutive homeruns before he finally recorded a sixth out. Macks took the lead with his sixth homerun, and he had eight outs remaining. He tacked on a seventh homerun with 13 outs to insure his lead.
Macks was alone atop the leaderboard until the 20th batter of the round, Jake Ausec, who recorded four blasts with only three outs. He added two more homeruns to pull within one of Macks, and tied Macks’ seven homeruns with three outs remaining. Ausec was unable to top seven, but secured his spot in Sunday’s final.