Courtesy of USA Baseball
DURHAM, N.C. - Guided by honorary manager Jack McKeon, the Stars put up eight runs in the second and got a grand slam from Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) in the fourth as they rolled to a 15-3 victory over the Stripes in the second game of the USA Baseball Prospect Classic Saturday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
"It was a real pleasure to work with the coaches, the staff and the players," McKeon said. "Just mingle with them, talk baseball and realize what a great opportunity this is to represent our country. It's been fun. It makes you feel young again."
Playing in his second Prospect Classic, Ryne Stanek (Arkansas) sparkled in his 2012 debut in the red, white and blue, spinning 3.2 shutout innings with four strikeouts and allowing just two hits. Jake Reed (Oregon) picked up the win after fanning two in 2.1 frames before handing the ball over to Hunter Green and fellow Duck Tommy Thorpe (Oregon) for the final two innings.
At the plate, Trevino finished 2-for-3 with six RBI, including four on one swing, while his Collegiate National Team teammate Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) was a perfect 3-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in two more.
"I just wanted to take it all in," Trevino said. "It's an experience I will never forget. It was an honor to wear this jersey. I loved being around all of these guys."
For the Stripes, 18U squad members Riley Unroe, Andy McGuire and Cavan Biggio each recorded two-out RBI singles to account for the team's three runs.
The Stars broke the game open early, sending 12 batters to the plate and pounding out eight runs on seven hits in the top of the second. During the offensive onslaught, Trevino roped a two-run double, Gonzales stroked a two-run single and Kyle Farmer (Georgia) and Willie Abreu both had sacrifice flies.
Just two innings later, the Stars added four more runs to their tally on the scoreboard when Trevino crushed a 1-0 offering over the Blue Monster in left for a grand slam. His blast came after a hit batter, a walk and a single by Gonzales.
"I knew it was going to be my last at-bat so I knew I needed to do something really special," Trevino said. "Marco had just gotten a hit, so I just said I was going to swing at something that looks good and sure enough I hit it. I didn't think it was going out and just put my head down thinking I didn't get all of it. Then I heard something shatter up there and (I realized) I did. Everybody was cheering which was pretty nice."
Already up 12-0, the Stars added to their commanding lead with another run in the sixth when Abrea notched his second RBI of the day with a run-scoring groundout. After two runs by the Stripes in the sixth and another in the seventh, the Stars got run-scoring doubles from Peter Alonso and
With the Prospect Classic set to resume Monday in Cary, N.C., the Collegiate National Team will travel to Forest City of the Coastal Plain League for a 5 p.m. contest on Sunday with Trevor Williams (Arizona State), Zack Godley (Tennessee), Dan Child (Oregon State), Thorpe and Bobby Wahl (Mississippi) tentatively scheduled to pitch.
The 18U squad will hold an 11 a.m. practice at the National Training Complex after cutting its roster from 40 to 28 following Saturday's contest.