Hours after the San Diego Padres defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, at Petco Park on Wednesday, 48 top prep players from the CIF-San Diego Section played in the inaugural Padres High School All-Star Game.
The county’s best got some big league dirt on their cleats on an evening that included a home run derby and a nine-inning baseball game.
“It’s an unbelievable vibe,” Eastlake senior Grant Holman said. “Hopefully I get to play on a big league field again one day and tonight has definitely motivated me to make that happen.”
Holman, a two-way star for the Titans, started the game for the East team and was countered by Joey Magrisi of Torrey Pines for the West.
The 15 and 805 freeways served as the dividing line between the two squads, both equal with talent from next-level prospects.
Holman surrendered two runs on two hits in his one inning of work on the mound as the West took the early lead. He also failed to record a hit in two trips to the plate, but still took away a memorable experience from the event.
“It was awesome to come out and compete with my friends and guys that I’ve known since childhood,” Holman said. “Going up to (Cal) Berkeley next year should be fun. I’ll be playing baseball and getting a great education and it’s hard to ask for much more than that.”