East County Sports

Granite’s Sos tabbed All-Star Game MVP



At Petco Park,Sun., June 11

By Nick Pellegrino

ECS staff writer

GASLAMP QUARTER — Granite Hills shortstop Camden Sos marked his return to full-time playing duties by slamming a tie-breaking, two-run triple, leading the East to an 7-6 decision over the West at the annual Senior All-Star Baseball Game, held at Petco Park.

Sos, who was limited to designated hitting duties due to a minor wrist fracture over the Eagles’ entire course through the CIF-San Diego Section playoffs and into the CIF Southern California regional.

“It still hurts a bit, but I can play,” noted Sos, who made his first start at shortstop earlier inthe weekend for the East County-based San Diego Stars summer collegiate team, making one dramatic play to throw out an opposing batter from deep in the hole while just touching a left-field grass.

Sos, the Eagles cleanup hitter this past season, was hampered at the plate in the playoffs, but we made scouts notice that at 100 percent he can still stroke the baseball.

For his efforts, Sos was selected the ballgame’s Most Valuable Player.

Tied at 4-all at the seventh-inning stretch, Sos saw the pitch he obviously wanted.

We had runners on first and third and I got a two-seam fastball and pulled it down the line,” noted the left-handed hitting Sos. “I was running into second base when I saw the ball kick off the wall, so I kept going.”

Granite Hills’ Camden Sos (upper right-hand corner) is safe at third onhis tie-breaking, 2-run triple. Ge would later score to give the East All-Stars a 7-4 lead. / Photo by Suzanne Whitman

“I was aware of the wall because earlier in the game, I remember my teammate Cody Macias (the Granite Hills catcher) hit an RBI double to the same place to give us our first run of the game in the second inning.”

Helix slugger James Whitman bombs one during the Home Run Derby / Photo by Suzanne Whitman

East rallied in the fifth for two runs on RBI singles by Christian’s Vaughn Major and Helix’s James Whitman to overcome a deficit.

Maajor, who is playing for the CBA National Team for the balance of the summer, pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save and to secure the East victory.

Also pitching was Santana’s Koda Alto, the East County Pitcher of the Year.

Helix’s James Whitman, who is headed to Biola University (3.70 GPA; major in Kinesiology) gained a berth in the pre-game Home Run Derby. Although he did not win, Whitman bombed a few balls into the stands.

Cole Holland of Helix led the East Stars / file photo

The head coach for the East was Helix head coach Cole Holland.

EAST ROSTER (Local players)
2 Camden Sos, Granite Hills, SS
2 Ethan Wright, Santana, INF/OF
2 Ryan Ellis, Patrick Henry, P/1B
3 Wyatt Laub, Helix, INF/P
5 Cody Macias, Granite Hills, C
6 Gabe Diaz, Steele Canyon, P
11 Tommy Molina, Steele Canyon, C
18 Nico Tomasello, Granite Hills, P
20 Elijah Reber, Santana, 2B
21 James Whitman, Helix, 1B/DH
23 Ben Haar, Helix, cINF/P
23 Vaughn Major, Christian, P
26 Koda Alto, Santana, P
27 River Diaz De Leon, Grossmont, CF

Santana’s Koda Alto was a favorite for the people running the Jumbotron at Petro Park (courtesy San Diego Padres)

Photo gallery courtesy of Suzanne Whitman.

Additional Photos, coutesy of Nicole Noel HERE



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