Although the two players will be roommates at next week's Tournament of Stars, Southeast Guilford High shortstop Josh Tobias from Greensboro, N.C., and Edison High shortstop Christian Lopes from Huntington Beach, Calif., went head-to-head in PG National's postgame festivities Saturday night.
After five games took place, most players participated in the 60-yard dash and then 18 players were picked for a metal-bat home run derby.
Tobias came out as the best in both events.
First, in the 60-yard dash, Tobias posted the best time of the group at 6.35 seconds, which drew some oohs and aahs from the crowd. Tobias said he has been working hard to improve his speed.
"The first time I ran it, it was a 6.67 down in Fort Myers in January," Tobias said. "Then me and my dad worked for months and months to get it down. We did sprint work, acceleration work on my takeoffs and resistance stuff, like vests, parachutes, a medicine ball and plow boxes."
Then after that, he obliterated the competition in the home run derby. He hit four bombs in the first round, giving him a spot in the final showdown. Three of the other 17 hitters each hit two home runs, so there were a couple playoff rounds before Lopes was able to join Tobias in the finals.
Tobias went first and got on a roll by launching eight balls deep into the seats in left field and one memorable shot that hit the catwalk, just near the foul pole.
"That was amazing," Tobias said. "He was throwing good, right in my zone, and I just liked it. I had confidence I would run the fastest 60, but I didn't even know I was in the home run derby until after the 60! I had to call my dad to get my stuff for me."
Lopes ended up not hitting any home runs in the final round, but said the extra playoff rounds didn't wear him out.
"I wouldn't use that as an excuse," Lopes said. "The kid came out and hit eight bombs. That's a lot of slack to pick up even if I didn't have those extra playoff rounds. I had a lot of fun. Tropicana Field is a pro ballpark, so just to hit some out was fun. And then to get in the finals, I faced a good kid out there."
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