American League Wins High-Scoring 14U/15U All-American Classic, Telly Hill Named Game’s MVP

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The American League defeated the National League, 16-11, in the 14U/15U All-American Classic on Sunday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Telly Hill was named the game’s MVP after hitting 1-for-2 with a walk, two stolen bases, two RBI and three runs scored.

“It’s a big accomplishment for me,” said Hill on winning the award. “I came out here just trying to play my own game and not worry about the crowd or anything.”

The National League struck first in the top of the first inning on Mitchell Vincent’s RBI double, and added a second run after a pair of wild pitches by Jonathan Ramallo allowed Sam Hunt to advance to third and score. Irving Carter, the starting pitcher for the National League, got out to a hot start with a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the first. Carter walked to lead off the second and worked his way around the bases via a stolen base, a throwing error and scored on a walk to make it 3-0.

In the bottom of the second, the American League plated four runs to take the lead, highlighted by Michael Brown’s two-out, two-run double that reached the wall in left field. The National League leveled the score in the top of the third after Joshua Deslauriers drew a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. The American League squad answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to another two-out, two-run double by Katcher Halligan.

American League starting pitcher, Jonathan Ramello, lasted 2+ innings and was pulled after a leadoff walk at the top of the third. He threw 64 pitches, and his fastball ranged from high 70s to low 80s, topping out at 85. Carter also tossed 64 pitches, with his fastball frequently reading 80 MPH on the gun and topping out at 82.

The National League strung together some two-out magic in the top of the fourth after Deslauriers flew out with runners at second and third. Cameron Kennedy reached on a fielding error that would’ve ended the inning, allowing Drake Varnado to score. AJ Miller followed that up with an RBI single, and Steve Villarreal knocked in two runs with a double to take the 8-6 lead.

The American League answered by tying the game at 8-8, beginning with Rafael Parra’s leadoff triple. Travis White ran for Parra and scored on a wild pitch. Parra walked in his second at-bat, advanced on the same wild pitch and again on a groundout. Parra came home on a fielding error to level the score. After struggling in the top of the fourth, Ben Goff allowed just one base hit through the fifth and sixth innings. Goff led off the ensuing half inning by reaching second base on a throwing error. He later scored on another throwing error for the go-ahead run. The American League tacked on a pair of insurance runs on a balk called on Tyler Lee, and a sac-fly by Travis White.

Goff threw 66 pitches through three innings, with a fastball averaging in the low 70s and topping out at 76 MPH. His offspeed pitch sat in the low 60s on the gun. Lee also tossed 66 pitches through three innings, and his fastball sat in the high 70s and topped out at 83 MPH. His breaking ball ranged from 66-68 MPH.

The National League answered the American League’s three runs with a trio of their own, highlighted by a Sean Ambrose RBI double. The National League also plated two runs on a fielding error that would’ve ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the American league erupted for five runs on five hits, led by John Ramos’ two-run double to center.

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