Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks turned heads with his leadoff, in-the-park home run, but the Alaska Baseball Academy Sockeyes came up short Thursday in their first game at the prestigious Arizona Senior Fall Classic.
The Sockeyes a team comprised of the top high school baseball players in the state, lost 6-4 to an Arizona Diamondbacks scout team from western Canada.
The game, played at the Peoria Sports Complex, spring home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, was part of a showcase tournament that typically draws more than 400 college coaches and recruiters, as well as representatives from all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
Alaska coach Tony Wylie said Bynum, who goes to school at Monroe, got the scouts’ attention with his home run. The hit landed near the 385-foot right-center field fence, and Bynum blazed around the bases to give the Sockeyes a 1-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Dalton Chapman of West High recorded eight strikeouts and two walks over five innings, and Brian Way of Sitka delivered two singles and scored a run.
Alaska plays a doubleheader on Friday.