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2018 States Play Tournament

The Texas Rangers co-hosted the first-ever States Play tournament from Aug. 24-Aug. 26, a three-game weekend series that featured the best high school ballplayers from the talent-rich states of Texas and California competing against each other. Former Major Leaguers with roots in either state were on hand to coach, including Jerry Manuel, Homer Bush, Royce Clayton, Ken Hill, Gerald Laird, Darren Oliver and Andy Stankiewicz. Texas took the first game, 9-6, thanks to the power hitting of shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., son of longtime Texas Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt. Texas put up another nine-spot on Saturday and crushed California, 9-1. California avoided a sweep though, cruising past Texas, 8-2, in the Sunday finale. Witt, a top prospect in the 2019 MLB Draft, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Photos by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos