InterTubing: Home run heroics and a few more slams

Cameron Smith

There's no time like MLB Draft/high school playoff time to bring out the most impressive homers of the week. Luckily, the past seven days were not an exception to that rule, with some terrific deep drives coming to light, whether they were hit then or earlier in the season.

Greg Bird, Aurora (Colo) Grandview vs. everyone: The Red Sox may have just finished off an impressive sweep of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, but Bird -- who was picked by New York in the fifth round of this week's MLB Draft -- may give them something to worry about in the future, after Bird finished his high school career with an astounding 80 homers, including a higher homer-to-at-bat ratio than anyone else in the country in both 2010 and 2011. To say that he has a wealth of power is a significant understatement. To say that he may become Travis Hafner or Jim Thome might be more appropriate.

Aaron Lindgren, Willoughby South (Ohio) vs. Perrysburg (Ohio): Lindgren's squad fell in this state semifinal on a walk-off, three-run double in the bottom of the seventh, but Willoughby South was only in contention to pull out a win before that because of this deep blast from Lindgren at Columbus' Huntington Park, which has pretty solid pro dimensions in the outfield.

Ryan Beal, Goffstown (N.H.) vs. Pelham (N.H.): Goffstown didn't make it past the New Hampshire quarterfinals this year, but it only got that far thanks to the home run heroics of catcher Ryan Beal, whose three-run blast in the fifth put a then tight 2-0 game out of reach.

J.P. Tokoto, Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU: The dunk you see UNC commit J.P. Tokoto throwing down in this clip is called an Eastbay, where a player brings the ball between his legs en route to an above the rim slam. Of all the ones Prep Rally has seen, this is among the better, even if it did come in warm-ups as opposed to during a game. Will Tokoto add it to his in-game arsenal soon? Stay tuned.

Anthony Bennett, Pangos All-American Camp: There were a handful of prospects who made moves at the Pangos All-American Camp, but none did so with an exclamation mark like Anthony Bennett, who came through with a handful of memorable dunks against top competition in games.

Kaan Balci, Blacksburg (Va.) vs. E.C. Glass (Va.): There are plenty of great prep soccer players out there who scored plenty of great goals, but Balci's notch -- which starts around the 2:45 mark of this clip -- has to be considered right up there with any of them, for his sheer determination in dropping no fewer than three defenders en route to a terrific strike against E.C. Glass.

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