Bedrosian to play in All-American showcase at PETCO Park


East Coweta senior Cam Bedrosian will be headed to the seventh annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic on Aug. 16 at PETCO Park.

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Bedrosian is headed back to a major league ballpark this summer, though it's a facility that postdates the family member you might be thinking about. But should the trend of athletes playing in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic continue, East Coweta senior Cam Bedrosian could be headed for a future not too different from his dad's first career.
Cam, the son of former Cy Young Award winner and Coweta School Board Chairman Steve Bedrosian and wife Tammy, will be headed to the seventh annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic to be held Aug. 16 at San Diego's PETCO Park, home of the Padres. The younger Bedrosian, who this month was included as one of 10 names to watch for the 2010 Major League Draft by Jonathan Mayo of, is one of eight prep standouts from Georgia among 40 of the nation's top rising senior players. The showcase features an East vs. West matchup and is the second time the game will be played in a major-league venue following last year's game at Dodger Stadium. As a junior at East Coweta, Cam helped lead the Indians to the Class AAAAA state semifinals as its No. 1 starting pitcher. Along the way he tossed a one-hit shutout against Bradwell Institute while striking out 10. Georgia is home to nearly half of the East's 20 man roster. Joining Bedrosian among in-state players are Zach Alford (South Forsyth), Tyler Austin (Heritage-Conyers), Brandon Stephens (Lassiter), Chevez Clark (Marietta) Trey Griffin (Martin Luther King), Kaleb Cowart (Cook County) and DeAndre Smelter (Tattnall Square). The game will be televised nationally on Aug. 16 on FSN-South at 8 p.m. Last year's game in Los Angeles featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft, a group including Cartersville High's Donavan Tate, who was picked No. 3 overall by the Padres. A total of 62 players over the past seven years have been first-round selections, including three No. 1 picks - Matt Bush (2004, San Diego), Justin Upton (2005, Arizona) and former Griffin High standout Tim Beckham (2008, Tampa Bay). Established as a fundraising event for pediatric cancer, proceeds from the Aflac Baseball Classic are donated to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where Stephens and Clarke will visit four days before the game. "The Aflac Baseball Classic showcases baseball's stars of tomorrow, and also allows us to raise significant funds for local hospitals that share our passion in the fight against pediatric cancer," Jeff Charney, Aflac's chief marketing officer, said in a statement. The rest of the week will includes scrimmages and a home run derby. GOLF LOCALS TO PLAY IN U.S. SENIOR OPEN SECTIONAL AT SUGARLOAF Locals will return from the Fourth of July weekend ready to head into a important week that will include both the U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier starting Monday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, as well as the Georgia State Golf Association's Georgia Amateur Championship in Columbus, Thursday through July 12 at the Country Club of Columbus. Monday's U.S. Senior Open Sectional sees Sugarloaf hosting 116 players competing over 18 holes for three spots and two alternate positions in the upcoming championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., from July 30-Aug. 2. Golfers from seven states and Wales will be represented in the field. Locally four Coweta golfers will be among those teeing off on Monday. They include Louis McHughes and Ted Meier of Newnan Country Club and David Neil and Larry Hines, both of Sharpsburg. Starting Thursday at the Country Club of Columbus, Michael Hicks of Newnan will be among 156 qualifiers for the GSGA Georgia Amateur Championship. Hicks earned his way into the tournament on June 3 at Orchard Hills in Newnan among one of 10 qualifying events held last month. Hicks shot a 69. On the Atlanta Junior Golf summer tour Thursday, Kaia Kirk of Newnan and Han Kim of Sharpsburg competed at Wendell Coffee Golf Center in Tyrone. Week Six of the AJG Tour began with five tournaments on Monday, including one at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton, where Chris Avery of Newnan tied for second in the 15-18 year-old, 18-hole Open Division with an 8-over 79. Michael Smith of Newnan tied for fourth one stroke back of Avery and Connor Jones, also of Newnan, tied for eighth with an 82. Ethan Mansour of Grantville won the 12-under, 9-hole Open Division with a 44. Rich Yancey finished third.

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