14U ALL AMERICAN CLASSIC: East 8 / West 3

OH-SOBEL-GRAY-10TH MIAMI-MVP AWARD-game storyA big fifth inning helped break open a tight game and lead the East squad to victory over the West team in Thursday’s night Future Stars Advanced game of the 10th Annual International POWER SHOWCASE Thursday morning at Miami Marlins Park. The East scored four runs to extend a slim lead into a large enough advantage to hold up for the victory.

Florida’s Victor Mederos delivered the winning hit with an RBI single that drove in fellow Floridian Nick Anello for the deciding run. Anello walked to start the winning, advanced on a passed ball before coming home thanks to Mederos. New York’s Cooper Sher drew a walk to follow and New Jersey’s Andres Castro connected for an RBI single to send in Mederos. Both Sher and Castro also scored following a throwing error to push the East lead to 7-1.

Mederos had a strong game overall, adding a sacrifice-flyout RBI that sent in Castro in the fourth. Castro walked to open the inning and then stole two bases to get himself ninety feet from the plate, setting up Mederos to send a fly ball to left field deep enough to allow him to score. Mederos also went onto the mound in the final inning and struck out the side to close things out.

Offense was slow going at the onset as Oklahoma native and West lefty starter Dondi King and Florida’s East righty starter Jonathan Ramallo both proved equally tough to hit. In the bottom of the second Ohio’s Gray Sobel connected for a big drive for the first hit of the day, as he lifted a shot deep to center field and then raced all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

Sobel had a big day to claim the MVP honors, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Sobel added another big hit with an RBI single in the fifth. Texas’ Tanner Benson led off with a walk and then stole a base to start things off, before Sobel drove him home. Texas’ Mike Rodriguez followed with a liner past third to plate Sobel for the West’s final run.

The East took the lead they would never surrender with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Florida’s Gabe Sjostrom walked and North Carolina’s Joshua Deslauriers plunked a single into right field, and North Carolina’s T-Bone Grice laid down a great sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. A throwing error allowed Sjostrom to score, and Deslauriers came home following a passed ball.

T-Bone Grice added another productive at bat in the sixth for the East’s final run. Florida’s Shawn Perez crushed a shot just fair deep into the right field corner and then raced around the bases for a standup triple. Two batters later Grice drove him in on an infield groundout that closed out the scoring.

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By Rick Duteau

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