John Magliozzi, like a lot of the high school-aged kids gathered at Petco Park this weekend, looked in awe when he took his first steps onto the grass that claims home to the San Diego Padres.
And when he walked onto the mound in top of the eighth inning of last night's prestigious Aflac All-American Baseball Classic, a gathering of 38 of the nation's best high school baseball players, the only way he could describe the feeling was "pretty much speechless."
"I saw the lights, and I saw the buildings behind the stadium, it's an unbelievable view," said Magliozzi, a Milton resident and Florida commit who plays his high school ball at Dexter School. "I'd say there were about 4,000 people, but I had so much adrenaline going through me at that point that I didn't even see the people."
The hard-throwing righty threw 11 pitches (nine fastballs), got ahead in the count each time, and retired the side 1-2-3 to help the East team's cause in a 5-3 win over the West. Magliozzi topped out at 97 miles per hour -- "I still can't believe I did that," he laughed -- and retired the side on two grounders and a pop-out in foul territory.
Meanwhile, Auburn resident and Lawrence Academy righty Tyler Beede continued his dominant summer with another quick outing on the mound. He entered the game in the fourth and also retired the side 1-2-3, striking out one and getting the other two on grounders.
"The competition there was phenomenal," said Beede, who is committed to Vanderbilt. "I'm pretty happy about the summer I've had, but going against these guys, it definitely doesn't hurt (my confidence)."