American League Wins 13U/14U All-American Classic, Modisette Shines on Mound and at Plate to Earn MVP Honors



The American League defeated the National League, 14-6, in the 13U/14U All-American Classic on Sunday evening at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Dalton Modisette was named the MVP of the game after going 2-for-2 with an inside the park home run, an RBI double, three runs scored and a stolen base.

The American League struck early and often with three runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a pair of RBI doubles off the bat of Austin Bode and Modisette. Anthony Benavides tacked on an RBI single off Cheek to make it 3-0. The National League threatened in the bottom half of the frame, loading the bases with two outs on a Sai Campos walk. Moore got Derian Downey to ground out to escape the jam.

The American League added a fourth run in the second as Matthew Drabbant scored on a throwing error. With runners on the corners, Cheek got Juan Leandro to ground out to end the inning. Moore wrapped up his outing in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of strikeouts. The American League extended the lead to 8-0 in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of six walks, a hit batter, and a pair of wild pitches.

Moore threw just 41 pitches in three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two batters. His fastball averaged in the high 60s and topped out at 71 MPH. Moore also featured an offspeed pitch ranging from 56-59 MPH. On the mound to start the game for the National League was Ben “Cheekbone” Cheek, who tossed 50 pitches in three innings with three strikeouts. His fastball had a similar average to Moore’s, but topped out at 72 MPH. Cheek’s offspeed pitch frequently hit 60 on the gun.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the National League cut into the American League’s lead behind an RBI double by Jake Ausec. A second run crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Modisette, who struck out the final two batters to end the inning. Modisette redeemed himself with a leadoff inside-the-park homerun in the top of the fifth. The American League was not done in the inning as Cody Acosta knocked in two runs on a two-out triple. CJ Picone struck out his third batter of the inning to end the inning.

The National League answered again with a pair of runs, as Lex Boedicker and Ben Cheek reached base on walks, and rounded the bases and scored on wild pitches by Modisette. The American League put an end to the inning by forcing Alex Aquino to fly out. The American League increased their lead to 12-4 in the sixth inning, as Modisette walked, worked his way around the bases and scored on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the seventh, the National League got two more back by way of a Zeke Skinner RBI single and an RBI triple by Sai Campos to cut the lead to 12-6. The American League answered yet again, with three straight singles that plated two runs to make it 14-6. Campos put an end to the scoring by forcing Eduardo Perez to ground into a double play.

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