American vs. National (High School)

American League rallies in National High School Classic

By Brian Gosset

Mississippi’s Tanner Huddleston hit the game-winning RBI-double in the 11th inning as the American League (AL) rallied past the National League (NL) 13-7 in 14 innings in the POWER SHOWCASE National High School Classic on Nov. 2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

After trailing by four entering the ninth, the AL squad scored 10-unanswered runs in the next five innings to defeat the NL.

“I was trying to hit something hard, get it to the gap and score some runs,” Huddleston said.

Diego Davila (TX) added an RBI in the 11th as the AL scored three runs to break a 7-all tie.

The win gave the AL a sweep after it won in the Future Stars All-Star Game Sunday morning.

Texas’ John Gillett (Brazos) and MacGregor Hines (College Station) started the game off as the NL got three runs in the first off Gillett. Adam Oviedo (TX) hit a two-run triple to give the NL the early lead.

Hines pitched well, going the max three innings while allowing just one hit.

“I felt good. It was great to pitch at a major-league ball park, I’ve never pitched at one before,” Hines said. “I came out with the lead, offense did their job so it felt awesome.”

The AL would go up 4-0 after three when home run champion Baylor Rowlett (TX) drove in Maxx Mahon (KY).

California’s Noah Dettman was the first to relieve Hines and got out of the inning with no runs, but the AL finally got on the board in the fifth off Austin Hearns (TX).

After Josh Aguilar (TX) and Micah Dallas (TX) singled, Zander Brown (TX) drove in Aguilar to cut the lead 4-1. New Mexico’s Liam McEntee’s RBI sac-fly made it a two-run game.

Canada’s Canice Ejoh, the only international player in the event, then finished the inning off with an RBI-triple to cut it one.

“When the ball went off the bat, I knew I had an extra-base hit and when I was getting to second, I noticed they didn’t have the ball yet so I just stretched it to third,” Ejoh said.

The NL would increase its lead to 7-3 into the seventh after Texas’ Daniel Jones (Coppell) hit an RBI-single off AL pitcher Jared Martin (TX).

Hunter Waltman (MS) capped a three-run ninth for the AL after his two-run double. The AL added one more in the 10th when McEntee’s second RBI tied the game up at 7-all. The AL would add three more in the 13th inning to get the win.

“Winning wasn’t the highest priority, it’s for the kids to showcase their skill set and their reaction to certain things in the game. We want to bring kids in and today we had a couple of college recruiters here and pro scouts and that’s what it’s all about,” AL coach Ruben Davila said.