Season Highlights – Hitters (2014 UA Game)
Before the players take the field at Wrigley on Saturday August 16 for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, a quick look back at memorable moments from the high school baseball season is in order. These players listed offensive performances as the highlight of their spring. Our group includes a ultra-rare cycle with a grand slam, two HR in the same inning, two consecutive multi-HR games, and an eight RBI performance.
Multi-Home Run Day(s)
Mitchell Hansen (Plano HS – Plano, TX) hit home runs in consecutive at bats of a critical game on the way to the Elite 8 in the Texas 5A state playoffs. One of his blasts was a grand slam, a big help to lead his team in home runs and runs batted in.
Seth Beer (Lambert HS – Suwanee, GA) didn’t need an entire game, he homered twice in the same inning. His Lambert High School team went on to win the Georgia 6A State Championship, and he went on to collect 31 extra base hits in less than 150 at bats – as a junior. Remember, he’s one of the two underclassmen in the game this year.
Josh Naylor (St. Joan of Arc Catholic – Mississauga, Ontario) liked multi home run games so much, he did it twice in a row. So far, he’s collected 80 RBI on the way to a 55-4 career high school record.
Cycle (Or Almost…)
Catcher Wyatt Cross of Legacy HS in Broomfield, CO had a “royal straight flush” kind of day at the plate. As if hitting for the cycle isn’t enough, his home run was a grand slam. Raise your hand if you’ve done that…
Alonzo Jones Jr. (Columbus HS — Columbus, GA), Devin Davis (Valenica HS – Santa Clarita, CA) and Brendan Rodgers (Lake Mary HS – Longwood, FL) all flirted with cycles of their own. Jones went 3-4 with a single, triple and home run – only the double escaped him. Davis and Rodgers only needed a triple. Davis went 4-4 with two home runs, a single and a double. Rodgers homered twice and collected a single and a double on the way to five RBI and a 4-5 day.
Chris Betts (Wilson HS – Long Beach, CA) accounted for the only run in a 1-0 victory with a solo home run. It doesn’t always take a homer to win a game, as Kody Clemens (Memorial HS – Houston, TX) proved with his game winning hit to advance his team in the playoffs.
Five hits makes a great week for most of us, but for Kyle Dean (then of Poway HS in San Diego, CA) it was another day at the office. His 5 for 5 day included three doubles and two runs batted in. Kyler Murray (Allen HS – Allen, TX) homered twice, doubled and walked in a 3 for 3 game.
Cal Raleigh (Smoky Mountain HS – Cullowhee, NC) and LT Tolbert (then Wren HS – Piedmont, SC) both came up big in the postseason with 4 for 4 games. Raleigh also turned in seven innings on the mound in a game they won in walk-off fashion. Of Tolbert’s four hits, two were home runs, and he totaled an impressive 8 RBI.
Wrigley Field is known as one of the most unpredictable parks in the Major Leagues, due to unusual wind patterns. Hitters will be hoping for a south-southwest wind on August 16, winds from this direction are “blowing out” and would be favorable for displays of home run power.