All Star Summer - Eastlake High School’s Ben Ramirez moves up to head of his class

Phillip Brents

Thu August 25, 2016 6:25pm

Nick & Ben

It’s an understatement to say that it was a highly successful summer all-star tournament season for San Diego County’s youth baseball teams. Checking off the top of the list, we note that Emerald/El Cajon Pony League’s Mustang-9 and Pony-13 teams both won World Series championships.
We can also note that Chula Vista South Pony League’s Colt Division team advanced as far as the Colt League World Series and that Encintas Little League’s Junior League team finished runner-up in the western regional tournament – one step removed from advancing to the Junior League World Series.
The biggest news locally, of course, was Park View Little League punching its ticket to the iconic Little League World Series.
That’s a pretty impressive list.
But it’s not complete.
Ben Ramirez, an incoming senior at Eastlake High School School, participated in two national high school-age showcase tournaments over the summer.
The highly decorated infielder was among 40 rising high school baseball players who took part in the Under Armour All-America Game July 23 in Chicago’s hallowed Wrigley Field and was among 52 national prospects who participated in the Perfect Game All-American Classic Aug. 14 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Ramirez went where few prep athletes have gone before by showcasing his talent in a pair of Major League Baseball’s most recognized ballparks.
“It was amazing because of the talent that was there,” explained Ramirez, who has helped guide Eastlake High School to a pair of consecutive runner-up finishes in the San Diego Section finals. “To be able to do what you do, but at a new level, was remarkable.”
Ramirez was one of three San Diego County standouts invited to participate inn the Under Armour All-America Game in Chicago and one of five area prospects who participated in the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Ramirez, along with Francis Parker infielder Nick Allen and Torrey Pines’ pitcher Kyle Hurt, made the cross-country trek to Chicago. The trio was joined by Rancho Bernardo outfielder Calvin Mitchell and Carlsbad pitcher Trevor Rogers at the Petco Park event.
Ramirez went one-for-three at the Under Armour All-America Game with a stolen base. He flied out twice at the Perfect Game event.
Prior to competing in the All-American Classic, Ramirez participated in the Area Code Games in Long Beach alongside Allen, Hurt and Mitchell. He said it was nice to be back in familiar surroundings after a summer of crisscrossing the country while participating in showcase tournaments.
“Finally to be back in San Diego after traveling all over the summer was a blessing,” the EHS baseball standout explained. “I enjoyed every moment of it; it was amazing.”
The Titans’ journey the last two seasons have been amazing as well. Eastlake finished with a final 26-7 record after recording a second-place finish in the Division I championship game in 2015; the Titans finished 29-5 earlier this spring while placing runner-up in the elite Open Division finals.
“Both years were exceptional,” said Ramirez, who earned second team all-section honors as a junior. “We challenged all year but weren’t able to finish. We just couldn’t get over the hump. This coming season, we’re going for it.”
Ramirez, Allen and Hurt have all made verbal commitments to continue their baseball careers at the University of Southern California.
What does the future hold?
“Definitely off to college,” Ramirez said. “Anything beyond that will tell.”