SAN DIEGO • The title for the best half of the country for high school baseball will have to wait another year to be decided.
The East and West teams were tied 4-4 after 10 innings at the AFLAC All American High School Baseball Classic to keep the all-time series knotted at 3-3-1.
The 10th inning began with the bases loaded and an out for each team. Both teams scored a run in the frame, but the game was called due to a predetermined game rule.
"Everybody'd like to have a winner, but it was real exciting," West coach Steve Vickery said. "You don't want make it a sloppy game and putting in people that are not really pitchers. Each team had guys come up big so that's probably the way it should have happened. Next year will be game breaker."
"We all wish we could have beaten the East, but everything happens for a reason," said Barstow pitcher Aaron Sanchez, who was one of 40 player selected for the game.
Pitchers dominated the evening as the teams combined for just eight hits and balls rarely left the infield. Pitcher Jameson Taillon from Woodlands High School in Texas led the way for the West early on, pitching two scoreless innings to start the game.
The West took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when two runners scored on a wild pitch and a subsequent error but saw it evaporate in the eighth inning. East outfielder Michael Arencibia of Key West High School in Florida scored the go-ahead run off a wild pitch.
Down to its last out, Tony Wolters, who was named the game's most valuable player by the media, hit a triple to right field to tie the game in the ninth. Wolters' shot caromed off the wall and was bobbled by the outfielder, giving Matt Lipka from McKinney High School in Texas enough time to fall on his way to third base, get up and still reach home.
"Whatever, it worked out," said Wolters of Lipka's tumble. "It's a good time, everybody's a winner."
Wolters, a Rancho Buena Vista infielder who was named Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year earlier in the week, went 2-for-4 with a walk to continue an impressive summer.
"I think he was all CIF here, but he's gone to a complete new level this summer," Vickery said.
"He's done this all summer long. You think, 'Well you know this guy would hit the wall.' No, he's high energy, and he's the type of guy that keep everybody loose."
The East scored a run off a walk in the top of the 10th inning, putting the pressure back on the West. Bryce Harper struggled at the plate throughout the game, but drove in the game-tying run to lead off the final inning. Harper went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
"I saw a lot of good pitches to hit and didn't do it," Harper said. "It happens. It's baseball. I got that last run in for us and that's all that matters to me."
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