Hunter Greene had himself quite a weekend at the annual Perfect Game All-American Classic.
On Saturday, Greene was named the winner of the Jackie Robinson Award as the Perfect Game National Player of the Year. The honor was even more poetic because Greene has worn No. 42 since he was 6 years old and plans to attend UCLA, the same school that Robinson attended.
In the pregame home run derby Sunday, Greene of Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) needed five swings to win the final round after Calvin Mitchell hit four. As the video below shows, Greene hit home runs on his first five swings at PETCO Park in San Diego to win the contest.
Greene hit 11 home runs in Saturday’s semifinals to lead the six contestants who advanced to the finals.
Once the game began, Greene was the starting pitcher for the West and touched 97 on the radar gun, the top fastball velocity of any pitcher in the game. Four other pitchers hit 96. He pitched one inning, giving up a hit with a walk and a strikeout.
He also scored a run as the West beat the East 13-0.
Royce Lewis of JSerra (Gardena, Calif.) was named the Most Valuable Player, going 2-for-3 with a two-run triple, a run scored, three stolen bases and a walk. Jacob Gonzalez, the son of former big-leaguer Luis Gonzalez, drove in two runs for the West; he plays for Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.).