SAN DIEGO – For the third time in four years, 40 of the nation’s top high school baseball players will descend upon San Diego to play in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, the country’s premier high school baseball showcase. This year’s game will be played on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. PDT in PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and will once again be televised live nationally on FOX Sports Net.
The Classic features an East vs. West format, played annually during the late summer before most participants have returned to school. For the second consecutive year, the Aflac Classic will be played in a major league venue. The 2008 showcase was played in Los Angeles’ historic Dodger Stadium. The 2006 and 2007 games were held at San Diego State University’s Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aflac All-American Classic, however, is more than just a game. As part of Aflac’s ongoing commitment to the fight against childhood cancer, all game proceeds from the 2009 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Since 2003, the game has generated nearly $685,000 for charity.
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(MATSUYAMA, JAPAN) – Gerrit Cole (UCLA) struck out nine batters and Tyler Holt (Florida State) scored the game-winning run as Team USA (12-1) beat Japan 3-0 in game one of the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama, Japan. Continue reading →
ESPN writer Andrew Knepper has a great entry today on the top players in the Area Code games. He puts Ian Krol as one of the top pitching prospects as he throws an 88 MPH fastball and has been outstanding in Long Beach. Chad James is the top left-handed pitcher with his deceptive motion where he reaches 88 MPH with a very good curveball that has a good break ball at 73-76. Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES, CA July 16, 2008- The inaugural Elite Baseball Series (EBS) presented by Muscle MilkTM highlights the top freshmen (2011′) and sophomore (2010′) high school baseball players in America, competing in two series of games in back to back weeks. All games are hosted at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium and UC Irvine’s Anteater Ballpark, two of the finest playing fields in the nation. The EBS provides a first look at future prospects for college and major league scouts. Continue reading →