SAN DIEGO — Maybe San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves was joking. Maybe he was riding the euphoria of scoring the tying run and picking up the win on the mound in Sunday night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. Or maybe the lanky lefty is just that confident in the potential Toreros’ 2013 recruiting class.
After the West rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory, Gonsalves said he believed San Diego could win multiple titles if the 2013 recruiting class all opted to attend school.
“We’re going to bring home a title there,” he said with a smile. “Two out of three years guaranteed.”
While it is unlikely a team that has yet to advance to the Super Regionals would put together two title runs, is it possible Gonsalves could be on to something? Perhaps…just maybe…things could align for the Toreros.
SAN DIEGO — College baseball recruiting is a fickle mistress for coaches and fans alike. Unlike when football and basketball recruits sign a National Letter of Intent, the recruitment doesn’t end. The decision-making process isn’t over for the athlete because players still have the opportunity to sign professionally.
Recruiting rankings mean nothing until players actually arrive on campus and suit up on the field. But that doesn’t mean fans can’t get excited about the prospect of players that have committed. The University of Southern California fans should have a tempered excitement as they hope that the 2013 class makes it campus.
The stars of USC’s potentially dynamic class were on display Sunday night at Petco Park during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. The foursome of Trojan commits (JP Crawford, Dominic Smith, Jeremy Martinez and Rowdy Tellez) combined for five hits, five RBI, two runs and three stolen bases to help spur the West.
After Martinez tied the score early with an RBI single, Smith and Tellez highlighted the West squad’s six-run rally in the sixth and seventh innings. Tellez’s two-run triple in the seventh inning put the West ahead for good.
SAN DIEGO — The high school All-Americans representing the East squad fell 7-6 Sunday night in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
Georgia commit Clint Frazier helped the East squad jump out to an early 6-1 lead. He got the East on the board first with a line drive sacrifice fly in the first inning. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound five-tool outfielder singled, stole a base and scored in the fourth inning on Mississippi State football commit Corder Sandberg’s two run single to right field.
Frazier later added another RBI when he one-hopped the centerfield fence with another laser shot, but it wasn’t enough. The West rallied for six runs in the sixth and seventh innings and the East squandered scoring chances, having two runners thrown out at home plate.
There was plenty of action in the game and we were there to capture it. Check out the top 20 shots of the East squad:
SAN DIEGO — The West All-Americans scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday night for a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the East in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
After falling behind early, the West battled back with four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by USC commit Dominic Smith.
Fellow USC commit Rowdy Tellez struck with two outs in the following inning with a two-strike liner to left field that went under the fielder’s glove for a two-run triple. San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves and Kacy Clemens, a Texas commit, scored on the play and combined to collect the win and save.
There was plenty of action in the game and we were there to capture it. Check out the top 20 shots of the West squad: Continue reading
SAN DIEGO — Ryan Boldt didn’t have much to say Sunday night when San Diego Padre great Trevor Hoffman presented him with the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic MVP Award. It didn’t matter; his play had already said plenty.
The lanky 6-foot-1 centerfielder from Red Wing, Minnesota finished 2-for-3 with a triple to help the West squad secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory at Petco Park Sunday night.
Boldt showed off his wheels roaming the spacious Petco outfield and when he slid into third base (pictured above) with an easy triple on a smash down the left field line.
“I try to use my speed as much as I can,” the Nebraska commit said. “I just try to put the ball in play and run as much as I can.” Continue reading