Jackson High School baseball star Dominic Hellman is among the 60 players nationwide selected to play in the annual Perfect Game All-American Classic.
The prestigious event, which features the nation’s top high school baseball players, takes place Aug. 22 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Hellman, a rising senior and University of Oregon commit, is one of three players from Washington state who were selected. The other two are Bainbridge High School’s Ian Ritchie Jr. and Toutle Lake High School’s Jackson Cox.
The rosters were chosen by a panel of talent evaluators assembled by Perfect Game. They scouted and identified players through a series of tournaments and events, including the Perfect Game National Showcase in Florida earlier this month.
Four of the top 10 picks in this month’s Major League Baseball draft played in last year’s All-American Classic.
Hellman was named The Herald’s All-Area high school baseball player of the year this spring after leading Jackson to a perfect 13-0 record with a spectacular junior season.
Hellman batted .585 with five home runs, one triple and five doubles in 13 games, while posting a .642 on-base percentage and a whopping 1.122 slugging percentage. He was 5-for-5 on stolen-base attempts and committed no errors in 29 chances. And he recorded a 1.53 earned-run average in 18 1/3 innings pitched, with 23 strikeouts and nine walks.
2 locals place at USA Wrestling nationals
Marysville Pilchuck High School’s Alivia White and Shorewood High School’s Hunter Tibodeau earned All-American honors with top-eight finishes at the USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National Championships earlier this month in Fargo, North Dakota.
White, a nationally ranked rising junior, took fourth place at 180 pounds in the women’s junior freestyle division.
White advanced to the semifinals by winning her first three matches, including a 14-13 quarterfinal victory over Sabrina Nauss of Michigan. After being pinned in the semifinals, White bounced back to pin her next opponent. That set up a rematch with Nauss in the third-place match, where White fell 11-9.
Tibodeau, a rising junior, placed seventh at 195 pounds in the men’s 16U Greco-Roman division.
After a first-round bye, Tibodeau won his first match before falling in the round of 16 to eventual champion Sawyer Bartelt of Florida. But Tibodeau rebounded in the consolation bracket, winning four of his next five matches to earn a seventh-place finish.