Americans pull away late for 12-7 win in Babe Ruth Classic

 
awards-game co mvps-10th miami-cajigas and dean-story mainThe offense was out in full force during Saturday’s Babe Ruth Classic of the 10th Annual International POWER SHOWCASE at Miami Marlins Park. After both sides exploded out of the gate to present a 7-7 tie after three innings, it was the American team that found another scoring outburst late to pull away to victory over the National squad. Pennsylvania’s Austin Bradbury singled to center and later scored on an RBI groundout from fellow statesman Troy Schreffler for the winning run in the top of the seventh.

Florida right-hander Ethan Kramer came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh, and the 6’2”, 190-pound 14-year old tossed three scoreless innings to close out the win. Kramer allowed one hit and three walks and he struck out four to earn the save.

The Nationals put things out of reach with a four-run eighth inning. Kramer backed his own cause with a single up the middle and a stolen base, before Missouri’s Evan Sutton walked and they executed a double steal to get into scoring position. Connecticut’s Kyle Desjardins then rolled a single up the middle to drive home both runners, before he also scored when Illinois’ Julio Cajigas reached on an error. Cajigas gave way to Florida’s Sebastian Moore as a courtesy runner so he could bat again as the lineup turned in reverse order, and he came through by blasting a shot deep to center field for a two-RBI, standup triple.

Julio Cajigas earned co-MVP honors by going 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run. He shared the honor with Florida’s Nick Dean, who was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and an RBI.

Dean helped keep things going during a big first inning for the American offense. North Carolina’s Adrian Santiago, Austin Bradbury and Florida’s Blake Caudill all walked to load the bases, and Pennsylvania’s Max Alessi lined a two-RBI single past third. Nick Dean was next with an RBI double deep to center and Schreffler followed with an RBI double to the right field corner.

The National squad answered right back with four runs in the bottom of the first. Florida’s Mark Link singled up the middle and advanced on a passed ball before scoring thanks to an RBI single from Texas’ Jose Gutierrez. Kyle Dsejardins came in to run for the catcher Gutierrez, and he scored on an RBI groundout from Florida’s Mykanthony Valdez. Texas’ Spencer Uribe and Florida’s Pablo Ruiz both walked and also scored.

The American team responded with two runs in the second and another in the third. Florida’s Andrew Dutil walked and Kramer reached on a fielder’s choice RBI that drove Dutil home, before he scored on a sacrifice-flyout RBI from Cajigas. An inning later Cajigas singled, stole second and scored on a wild pitch.

 

Again the National club came back to even things up, scoring once in the second and twice in the third. Florida’s Jonathan Ramallo walked and stole second base leading off the second inning, before scoring thanks to an RBI groundout from Florida’s Alexander Morejon. Florida’s Hunter Fitz-Gerald singled on a blooper to left field, his high school teammate Joseph Anello was hit by a pitch and then both came home following a double to deep center field off the bat of New York’s Bryce Moore that tied the game back up in the third.

 

Iowa right-hander Hunter Whinery earned the win with three scoreless innings. The 5’11”, 175-pounder allowed two hits and a walk and he recorded four strikeouts.

 

By Rick Duteau

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