SAN DIEGO -- The West squad defeated the East, 4-2, for its third straight victory in the 16th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park on Sunday night. The annual showcase, which features 50 of the top-ranked high school seniors in the nation, returned to Petco Park for the 10th straight year.
Both lineups were stocked with talent, but it was Corbin Carroll, a verbal commit to UCLA from Lakeside School (Seattle), who stood out the most. He went 1-1 with a triple and two walks, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored en route to being named the game's most valuable player.
For Carroll, who said it was his childhood dream to play in the event, the award was the cherry on top to a storybook day.
"It's the gravy," he said of the award. "It's awesome. I went out here doing my thing and it ended up working out."
Carroll opened the bottom of the first with a triple and came around to score a few batters later on a wild pitcher from East starter Daniel Espino.
"It's been a childhood dream of mine to even just get here," Carroll said. "Playing well here, it's been amazing."
Espino, a Panama native and Louisiana State commit from Georgia Premier Academy (Statesboro, Ga.) allowed one run in his one inning, but he fanned two. He topped out at 99 mph.
Riley Greene gave the East an early lead with an RBI double off West starter Derek Diamond in the first inning. But it would be the only lead the East would have, as the West paved the way the rest of the game.
Spencer Jones, from La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif., struck out two in a scoreless frame in the top of the eighth. He then singled in the bottom half of the frame and scampered home with some aggressive baserunning on a fielder's choice grounder to second base by Logan Britt. An outfielder from All Saints Episcopal School (Benbrook, Texas), Britt also made an inning-ending tumbling catch earlier in the game.
Henry Gargus tacked on a sacrifice fly to round out the scoring for the West.
Matt Thompson, a Texas A&M commit from Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, earned the win after notching a perfect sixth inning, striking out two.
"This has been one of the best showcases I've ever been to," he said. "It's over the top. Coming out today and playing our last summer game ever, it was kind of sad, but it's been a great experience. This summer's been amazing."
Dawson Netz (Maranatha High School, Sierra Madre, Calif.) struck out Anthony Volpe with a runner on third to end the game and earn the save.
Mack Anglin, a Clemson commit, was saddled with the loss after giving up two hits, an earned run and two walks in the sixth inning.