Jr. obviously is a chip off the old block.
The senior slugger did a great imitation of his famous father, Manny Ramirez Sr., when he blasted a grand-slam home run and two-run double this week to spark IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
to a convincing 9-1 victory over Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) during the championship game of the Cleats Sports Classic Invitational in Mesa, Ariz.
IMG won just one of four games during pool play and was seeded just No. 11 out of 12 teams in the finals. However, it roared past four opponents by a 48-16 margin to capture the title.
Coach Jason Elias told Perfect Game
, "All year long, these guys have been battling and they've been so stinking close and I knew it was coming - I just didn't know when. Fortunately the bats just erupted over these last four games."
During the tourney, Ramirez batted .522 (12-23) with two homers, three doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. Mitchell Gallagher
batted .621 and Trevor Courtney