fl-carter-10th miami-mvp award-game storyGeorgia’s Jacob Luke delivered the winning hit in the top of the ninth inning to lead the East team to victory over the West squad in the Future Stars 13U game of the 10th Annual International POWER SHOWCASE Thursday afternoon at Miami Marlins Park. Florida’s Asdin Santiago walked and stole a pair of bases to get in position for Luke, who blooped a base hit through the left side to break the tie.

Florida’s Irving Carter ran into trouble by loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but managed to work through it to close out the win. Mississippi’s Easton Hood singled to start it off, before Carter responded by striking out the next two batters. Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Wright was hit by a pitch and Alabama’s AJ Miller walked to fill the bags. Carter focused and got the next batter to strike out to end the contest by striking out the side.

Irving Carter also had a big day at the plate to earn MVP honors. The right-hander was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run. His flare over second base drove in Georgia’s Dalton Strickland to tie the game in the top of the third, before Carter gave the East its first lead by also scoring.

Both sides had a four-run inning to highlight the offense. After trailing for much of the contest, the West rallied to even things up with four runs in the seventh. Ohio’s Andrew Imthurn sparked it off by smacking a shot deep to left field for a triple, and he then scored on a wild pitch. Ohio’s Cade Hamilton and Indiana’s Austin Bode walked, and Missouri’s Ben Goff followed with the biggest blast of the day. Goff drove one deep past the outfielders and raced around the bases for a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

The East had its biggest inning in the fifth. North Carolina’s Ian Brooks reached on an error and scored. Florida’s Coby Rogerson, Georgia’s Jasper Stanfield and Brooks all walked to load the bases, as Brooks came back up when the bottom of the lineup rotated in reverse order. Virginia’s Tristan Moore put the ball in play, and it led to an error that scored two. North Carolina’s Ryan McCrystal followed with an RBI single to left field.

Things were close early on as both sides found some success to slowly score runs against each other. Florida’ Joshua Steidl walked and scored for the East in the first, before Easton Hood singled to center, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Kentucky’s Ethan Wood walked and then the pair executed a double steal perfectly to bring Hood home.

Goff gave the West its only lead when he walked and later scored on a passed ball in the second, before the East went back ahead in the third. McCrystal singled and scored to increase that lead in the fourth.

Kentucky’s Ethan Wood supplied a sacrifice flyout to drive in California’s Terry Hill, after Hill started off the fourth by reaching on an error and advancing into scoring position thanks to a base hit from Mississippi’s Blaze Jordan. Mississippi’s Colton Hegwood walked and scored on an RBI groundout from Indiana’s Parker Brock in the sixth. Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Wright had a triple on a shot deep to right field in the fifth and Nathan Smith smacked a triple into the right field corner in the eighth.


By Rick Duteau

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