High-SchoolBaseball: Area Code Baseball

Louisville Slugger Top 20 Area Code arms

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After another strong week at the Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach, Calif., the top 20 pitchers of the event are released. One noticeable difference this year, regarding the pitchers, was the balance of the arms came from a couple of teams, the Brewers and Athletics.

2012 Zinger Top Hitters from Area Code

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Raphael Ramirez, Area Code Baseball, Washington Nationals, high school baseball, baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSRaphael Ramirez of Pace Academy (Atlanta) had a great week at the plate during the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games, hitting .500 and scoring five times.

Here are the top hitters, according to average, from the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games. Warm weather and the wind blowing out led to some huge offensive numbers at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.

.750 -- Jacob Gatewood, Clovis (Calif.), 2014, Oakland Athletics:
3-for-4, home run, triple, three RBIs, four runs, two walks, one steal

.667 -- Alexander Jackson, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), 2014, Milwaukee Brewers:
6-for-9, home run, two doubles, triple, three RBIs, six runs scored

.600 -- Dominic Miroglio, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 2013, Oakland Athletics:
3-for-5, two doubles, four RBIs

.571 -- Tres Barrera, Sharyland (Mission, Texas), 2013, Texas Rangers:
4-for-7, double, RBI, two runs, walk

.571 -- Ryan McMahon, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 2013, Milwaukee Brewers:
4-for-7, six RBIs, three runs, three walks

.500 -- Trey Ball, New Castle (Ind.), 2013, Chicago White Sox:
5-for-10, double, RBI, three runs, two steals, walk

.500 -- Raphael Ramirez, Pace Academy (Atlanta), 2014, Washington Nationals:
3-for-6, RBI, five runs, four steals, two walks

.500 -- Kevin Wallace, Reno (Nev.), 2013, Chicago White Sox:
3-for-6, run, two walks

.455 -- Nicholas Buckner, North Shore (Houston), 2013, Texas Rangers:
5-for-11, double, three RBIs, two runs, two steals

.444 -- Ryan Lidge, Barrington (Ill.), 2013, Chicago White Sox:
4-for-9, two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, three walks, steal

.438 -- Dalton Dulin, Memphis University (Memphis, Tenn.), 2013, Washington Nationals:
7-for-16, three RBIs, six runs, two walks, four steals

.429 -- AJ Puk, Washington (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 2013, Chicago White Sox:
3-for-7, two doubles, four RBIs, run, walk

.429 -- Jake Ring, Grant Community (Fox Lake, Ill.), 2013, Chicago White Sox:
3-for-7, three RBIs, two runs, three walks

.400 -- Kevin Buckley, King (Tampa, Fla.), 2014, Cincinnati Reds:
2-for-5, two doubles, RBI, two runs, two walks

.400 -- Tyler Green, Williamsville North (Williamsville, N.Y.), 2013, New York Yankees:
4-for-10, RBI, run, walk

.400 -- Dom Nunez, Elk Grove (Calif.), 2013, Oakland Athletics:
4-for-10, one run, two walks

.400 -- Kean Wong, Waiakea (Hilo, Hawaii) 2013, Cincinnati Reds:
4-for-10, two doubles, three steals, two walks

.375 -- Cody Bellinger, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 2013, Cincinnati Reds:
3-for-8, double, RBI, three walks, steal

.375 -- Willie Calhoun, Benicia (Calif.), 2013, Oakland Athletics:
3-for-8, one run, five walks

.375 -- Dylan Manwaring, Horseheads (N.Y.), 2013, New York Yankees:
3-for-8

.375 -- John Riley, Willow Glen (San Jose, Calif.), 2013, Oakland Athletics:
3-for-8, double, RBI, walk

.364 -- Stone Garrett, George Ranch (Richmond, Texas), 2014, Texas Rangers:
4-for-11, two doubles, RBI, two runs, walk, steal

.364 -- Jonah Heim, Amherst Central (Amherst, N.Y.), 2013, New York Yankees:
4-for-11, run, walk, steal

.364 -- Tommy Lane, Pendleton (Ore.), 2013, Kansas City Royals:
4-for-11, double, two RBIs, run, steal, walk

.357 -- Marcus Doi, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu), 2013, Cincinnati Reds:
5-for-14, triple, double, three RBIs, run, three walks, two steals

.357 -- Nick Longhi, Venice (Fla.), 2013, Washington Nationals:
5-for-14, three doubles, six RBIs, two runs

2012 New Balance All-Area Code Team

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Jonathan Denney, Area Code Baseball, Chicago White Sox, White Sox, high school baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSJonathan Denney, who had one of the seven homers hit last week at the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games, earned a spot on the New Balance All-Area Code Team.

After a week of hard-fought action and 20 games overall at the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games, 30 players stood above the crowd. Those players earned a spot on the 2012 New Balance All-Area Code Team.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) catcher Jeremy Martinez, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 60, and Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) lefty Stephen Gonsalves, the No. 5 prospect in the ESPN 60, headline the squad.

Brewers complete perfect week at Area Code

August, 10, 2012
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Trent Shelton Area Code BaseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSCampolindo (Moraga, Calif.) left-hander Trent Shelton pitched two perfect innings for the A's against the White Sox on the final day of the Area Code Baseball Games.

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A cool breeze and lower temperatures was a gift from the baseball gods to the pitchers on Friday on the final day of the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games. After an Area Code Games record seven home runs were hit in the first 15 games, the pitchers seemed to benefit from the Southern California heat dropping from the high 80s to the comfortably low 70s.

Brewers 3, Rangers 1

In what has become a traditional grudge match between two of the Area Code Games’ perennial top teams, it was a depleted Milwaukee Brewers closing out play with a perfect 5-0 record for the week with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Hits were scarce, but Brewers shortstop Elliot Barzilli of Palisades Charter (Los Angeles) had an RBI single in the third inning. He then came all the way around on the play after two Rangers’ throwing errors allowed him to score Milwaukee’s second run, giving them a 2-1 lead they never relinquished.

The Brewers used five pitchers, with two hurlers, Davis Tominaga of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Trent Paddon of Yorba Lina (Calif.), each retiring all three batters they faced.

The Rangers’ Garrett Luna of Magnolia (Texas) came close to being the first player to hit two home runs at this year’s Area Code Games. His long blast in the bottom of the seventh inning traveled nearly 400 feet, but was just left of the foul pole down the left-field line.

Yankees 3, Reds 1

Catcher Matt Thaiss of Jackson Memorial (Jackson, N.J.) helped the Yankees jump out to a two-run lead in the first inning, doubling in a pair of runners.

The Reds pulled within one run on a third-inning RBI single by infielder Cody Bellinger from Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), but the Yankees extended their lead to 3-1 with a two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth by outfielder Joe Wainhouse from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge.

Five Yankees pitchers combined to give up seven hits. Leading the way was Lynn English (Lynn, Mass.) left-hander Ben Bowden, who struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

Athletics 9, White Sox 2

The Athletics jumped on the White Sox early in their 9-2 victory, scoring three times in the second inning after the first four batters reached. The NorCal squad duplicated the three-spot in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.

Trent Shelton of Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) started for the A’s and retired all six batters he faced. The 6-foot-4 lefty was the first of four pitchers used, and the quartet allowed only four hits in seven innings.

Offensively, it was a collective effort, with six A’s batters recording an RBI. Granada (Livermore, Calif.) first baseman Ryan Kirby led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

The White Sox scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but also committed four errors, the same number of hits they had in the game.

2012 Area Code Baseball Games Final Standings:

Milwaukee Brewers: 5-0
Oakland A’s: 3-1-1
Chicago White Sox: 3-2
Texas Rangers: 3-2
Cincinnati Reds: 2-3
New York Yankees: 1-3-1
Kansas City Royals: 1-4
Washington Nationals: 1-4




New Balance Player of the Day: Aug. 10

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Trent Shelton was one of four Oakland A’s pitchers who shut down the White Sox on Friday in the second to last game of the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games.

Oakland beat Chicago 9-2 while limiting the Sox to only four hits over seven innings (both teams agreed to play an extra inning to roll out more pitchers).

Shelton started the game and pitched two perfect innings, inducing five of the six batters he faced to ground out. He also had a perfect inning in his previous Area Code outing.

A 6-foot-4, 195-pound lefty from Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.), Shelton went 9-1 this spring with a 1.04 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 86 innings. He has committed to Oregon State.

New Balance honors the players who “Grind and Shine” and know how to play the game the right way … every play

Schutt Impact Player of the Day: Aug. 10

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Catcher Matt Thaiss of the New York Yankees kicked off the last day of the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games with a two-run double in the first inning in a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

He also showed his defensive skills when he nailed a runner at second to end the bottom of the third.

Thaiss, who is committed to Virginia, is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior-to-be from Jackson Memorial (Jackson, N.J.), where he hit .343 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs this spring to earn All-Conference first-team and All-State second-team honors.

Zinger Offensive Player of the Day: Aug. 10

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- After a week where the offense ruled, the final day at the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games had a pair of 3-1 games bookending the Oakland A’s 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the middle contest.

Leading the A’s offense was Granada (Livermore, Calif.) senior first baseman Ryan Kirby, who went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound left-handed batter hit .312 with three home runs this past season. He’s committed to the University of San Diego and is following in the baseball steps of his father, who won a Division II baseball title at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

White Sox hand Rangers first ACB loss

August, 10, 2012
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Trey CobbScott Kurtz/ESPNHSBroken Arrow (Okla.) right-hander Trey Cobb helped the White Sox hand the Rangers their first loss at the Area Code Baseball Games.

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Thursday's action at the Area Code Baseball Games was highlighted by a pair of round trippers. It brought the home run total to seven this week at Blair Field, which is normally a tough place to hit one out.

White Sox 7, Rangers 4

The White Sox and the Rangers battled in the first game of Day 5 at Blair.

The White Sox got on the board first and the Rangers tied it up in the second and took the lead by scoring a pair in the third. Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) came through with a RBI single making it 3-1.

The Sox got one back in the fourth and the Rangers added another in the seventh making it 4-2.

The Sox tied it up in the eighth on an RBI single by A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Then the big hit of the inning came when Ryan Lidge hit a bases loaded double to make it 7-4 White Sox.

Athletics 4, Yankees 4

The Athletics and the Yankees squared off in the second game of the day. The big blast came from Jacob Gatewood (Clovis, Calif.) when he touched them all in the third, scoring three and giving the A’s a 4-2 lead.

The Yankees tied things up in the sixth when Conner Simonetti (Fairport, N.Y.) went opposite field for a two-run shot knotting the game up at 4.

The Athletics had a chance to win the game when they loaded the bases in the seventh but could not score.

Royals 3, Reds 2

The Royals came into their final game of the week looking for their first win. There were zeros on the board through the first five innings until the Reds struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth.

The Royals’ Jack Meggs (Bellevue, Wash.) came up huge with a two-RBI double giving them the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

John Pomeroy (Mossyrock, Wash.) came on the seventh inning to slam the door shut and give the Royals their first win of the week.

Brewers 7, Nationals 3

The Brewers jumped on the Nationals early to gain a 4-0 lead. Then the Nationals got three runs back in the third when a costly Brewers error and a Nationals single got them back into it 4-3.

Then Alex Jackson (Escondido, Calif.) roped a triple off the center field wall and scored on a wild pitch making it 5-3 Brewers. They later added two more runs.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Catcher/outfielder Alexander Jackson, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at this year’s Area Code Baseball Games, showed why he’s such a highly regarded prospect even though he’s only going to be a junior this fall.

Jackson went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in the Brewers 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals, but it was the way he hit the triple that drew oohs from the Area Code Game crowd in the last game of the day Thursday.

The ball was clocked at 107 miles off his bat—tied for the fastest of the week—and hit off the top of the 400-foot sign at the deepest part of Long Beach Blair Field before rolling back into centerfield.

It’s no surprise, then, to learn that the 6-foot-2, 215-pound catcher from Rancho Bernardo High in San Diego, Calif. was the Cal-Hi Sports 2011 State Freshman of the Year and this year’s State Sophomore of the Year as he was first in California high school baseball with 17 home runs.

Jackson also hit .400 and accounted for 36 RBI for the Broncos.

Schutt Impact Player of the Day: Aug. 9

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Chicago White Sox offense continued to roll on Thursday after scoring 14 on Wednesday in a win over the Washington Nationals.

Catcher Ryan Lidge was the star in the 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers in the nine inning game, one of only two nine inning games in the 20 games played at the 2012 Games.

Lidge, a switchhitter batting from the left side, lined a two-out double down the right field line that cleared the bases in the eight inning and provided the difference in the win.

The six-foot-two, 180 pound senior-to-be from Barrington, Ill, is cousins with Major League pitcher Brad Lidge and hit .375 with 10 doubles and 25 RBI as a junior this spring at Barrington High.

New Balance Player of the Day: Aug. 9

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LONG BEACH, Calif. –- Jacob Gatewood, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound junior-to-be from Clovis, Calif., continued the power surge at the 2012 Area Code Games, hitting a three-run blast over the left field fence estimated to have gone 400 feet.

The home run was the seventh in the first 15 games and helped the Oakland A’s tie the New York Yankees, 4-4.

The ball was still rising when it cleared the fence and the only question was if it would stay fair, which it did by about 10 feet.

“It was a high inside fastball and it felt really good coming off the bat,” Gatewood said after the game.

The USC commit also singled and walked. He played in center field in the game, but he will line up at shortstop next season for Clovis High where he hit .348 with eight home runs this spring.

A Class of 2014 standout, Gatewood is one of about a dozen underclassmen at this year’s Games.

New Balance honors the players who “Grind and Shine” and know how to play the game the right way … every play

Brewers, A's play instant classic on Day 4

August, 9, 2012
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Andrew Rosa Area Code BaseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSOwasso (Okla.) shortstop Andrew Rosa went 3-for-3 and drove in seven runs on Wednesday at the Area Code Baseball Games.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- There was plenty of hype heading into the Brewers-Athletics matchup on Day 4 of the Area Code Baseball Games considering both squads are loaded with talent. Then there's the battle for bragging rights, as the Brewers are represented by players from Southern California, while the A's feature players from Northern California.

And the game lived up to the expectations, with the two teams delivering an exciting performance.

Brewers 3, Athletics 2

Offense has been the story throughout the Area Code Games. But the game of the week ended up being a pitchers' duel between the Brewers and the Athletics.

The A’s got on the board in the third inning when Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) catcher Dominic Miroglio belted an RBI double.

Then the A's pitching staff went to work and had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning, with the Brewers down to their final three outs. The Brewers rallied, tying the game on a bases-loaded walk and then taking the lead when Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) infielder Ryan McMahon drove in two more runs with his single, which was the Brewers' first hit of the day.

The A's loaded the bases in the bottom of seventh, but were only able to plate one more run.

Yankees 3, Royals 1

The Yankees and Royals entered their matchup on Wednesday looking to rebound after the two squads each suffered a pair of losses in their first two games.

Yankees starter Mark Armstrong did all he could to make sure his team got the win. The Clarence Central (Clarence, N.Y.) right-hander and Pitt commit tossed three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts and left the game with a 1-0 lead.

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Scott Kurtz/ESPNHSMater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) infielder Ryan McMahon drove in the game-winning runs for the Brewers on Wednesday at the Area Code Baseball Games.
The Yankees pushed two more across in the fourth with hits by Williamsville North (Williamsville, N.Y.) first baseman Tyler Green and Kentridge (Kent, Wash.) infielder Joe Wainhouse.

White Sox 14, Nationals 11

The Nationals played a pair of games on Wednesday and started off the day strong against the White Sox with seven runs on four hits in the first, sending nine men to plate.

Then Nationals starter Alex Hagner of Eustis (Fla.) ran into trouble in the second, as the White Sox scored three runs and were helped by a pair of errors.

The Sox completed the comeback thanks to Owasso (Okla.) shortstop Andrew Rosa, who knocked in three on a bases-loaded double. Rosa, rated No. 59 in the ESPN 60, finished his incredible day 3-for-3 with seven RBIs.

Yukon (Okla.) catcher Jonathan Denney drove in three more runs for the White Sox with his blast to left-center in the fourth. The home run, which was the fifth overall at Area Code, traveled an estimated 435 feet.

Reds 8, Nationals 4

The Nationals struck first for the second time today, getting out to an early 3-1 lead against the Reds. But the Reds stormed back with five runs in the second to take a 6-3 lead.

Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) first baseman and Arizona commit Michael Hoard delivered the big hit in the inning for the Reds, driving in two with his single.

Another big hit in the inning came when Michael Hoard (Tucson, Ariz.) drove in two with a RBI single. Hoard, who had a two-run homer on Tuesday, has had a great week so far.

Zinger Offensive Player of the Day: Aug. 8

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- For the second time in the last three days, Washington Nationals infielder Dalton Dulin is honored as the Zinger Offensive Player of the Day because of his ability to be a disruptive force at the plate and on the bases.

Benefiting from playing two games on Wednesday -- the Texas Rangers had an off day, so the Nationals filled in their place -- Dulin went a combined 3-for-6 (all singles) with three runs scored, a walk and an RBI.

The Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) infielder and Mississippi commit is a two-time Area Code Games participant.

Schutt Impact Player of the Day: Aug. 8

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Chicago White Sox slugger Jonathan Denney had a strong day, going 1-for-2 with a walk, home run and three RBIs while throwing out a runner trying to steal second in a 14-11 win over the Washington Nationals Wednesday at the Area Code Baseball Games.

But it's what he did on that home run that will have scouts talking for a long, long time after the 2012 Games are over.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound catcher from Yukon (Okla.) hammered one over the 387-foot sign in left-center field that hit a pine tree halfway up and was measured by one source at 435 feet.

Denney, an Arkansas commit, hit .368 with 12 home runs for Yukon this spring.

New Balance Player of the Day: Aug. 8

August, 9, 2012
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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox bats exploded for two touchdowns in a 14-11 win over the Washington Nationals. Half of the runs were provided by Owasso (Okla.) shortstop Andrew Rosa, who singled and hit two doubles in three at-bats while driving in seven runs.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder and Oklahoma State commit has shown a tremendous combination of speed and power. His doubles hit the 348-foot outfield walls -- one in right, the other in left -- and also stole third.

The explosive play on Wednesday shouldn’t be surprising -- Rosa had 21 steals for Owasso this spring while hitting .414 with seven homers and 51 runs scored.

New Balance honors the players who “Grind and Shine” and know how to play the game the right way … every play

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