South All-Stars hold off North
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Northwoods League's South Division All-Stars topped the North Division 2-1 Tuesday night at Homer Stryker Field in a pitcher-friendly edition of the All-Star game.
The North Division tallied just five hits and scored only one run in the top of the ninth but it was a successful showing for Willmar Stingers Tyler Reichenborn and Ben Mora. Reichenborn started the game in center field and batted second, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a putout in the field. Mora, meanwhile, came in to clean up the bottom of the eighth inning and recorded a pair of outs with just one pitch.
Finn Del Bonta-Smith of the St. Cloud Rox was tagged with the loss after giving up an RBI double to Madison Mallard outfielder Jake Randa in the sixth inning. Randa finished the game with a pair of doubles. Bismarck's Lark Cristian Montes was the only other player with a multi-hit game, which featured a double.
Lakeshore Chinkook Jack Dunn swatted a solo home run off Phillip Sikes of the Eau Claire Express in the eighth inning to extend the South Division's lead. Sikes didn't record an out, ceding to Joshua Ibarra of the Rochester Honkers, who worked into trouble before Mora's relief appearance.
Sike's Eau Claire teammate, Scott Ogrin, hit a solo blast in the ninth inning to cut the lead in half but Dalton Wiggins of the Madison Mallards recorded a one-out save to hang on for a South Division victory.
The North Division utilized 12 pitchers and the South Division used 15 hurlers to get through the nine-inning ballgame. Despite the numerous pitching changes, the game last just two hours, 40 minutes, thanks in part to just 11 total hits in the ballgame.
Hits were hard to come by all day in Kalamazoo. The league's home run derby, which took place prior to Tuesday's game, featured 13 home runs. The South also won the derby, to the tune of 8-5. Kalamazoo Growler Zach Daniels defended his aptly named home ballpark, Homer Stryker, well with three home runs to pace all sluggers.
Reichenborn and Stinger shortstop Caleb Ricca each participated in the derby, comprising two-ninths of the North Division's team. Ricca, who has a team-high five home runs for Willmar, hit one home run during the competition.
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Hitting - North: Tyler Reichenborn 1-2, Scott Ogrin 1-2 hr rbi r, Cristian Montes 2-2 2b, Michael Farnell 1-2 ... South: Jake Randa 2-4 2b-2 rbi, Jack Dunn 1-3 hr rbi r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - North: Hendry Rodriguez 1-0-0-0-0-1, Justin Slaten 1-1-0-0-0-2, Jack Cushing 1-0-0-0-0-1, Jon Ludwig 1-1-0-0-0-1, Adam Lukas 0.2-0-0-0-1-2, Chad Tworek 0.1-0-0-0-0-0, Finn Del Bonta-Smith (L) 1-2-1-1-0-0, Brandon Pfaadt 0.2-0-0-0-0-0, Alexander Nolan 0.1-0-0-0-0-1, Philip Sikes 0-2-1-1-0-0, Joshua Ibarra 0.1-0-0-0-1-1, Ben Mora 0.2-0-0-0-0-0 ... South: Cooper Cain 1-0-0-0-0-1, Carson Ragsdale 0.2-0-0-0-0-0, Trace Norkus 0.2-0-0-0-0-1, Trayson Kubo 0.2-0-0-0-0-1, Kevin Tibor 0.2-2-0-0-0-0, Leo Perez 0.1-0-0-0-0-0, Mason Shinabery 0.2-0-0-0-0-1, Trent Palmer 0.1-0-0-0-0-0, Jon Young 0.2-0-0-0-0-1, Frank Frate 0.1-1-0-0-0-0, Michael Hope 0.2-0-0-0-1, Josh Serio 0.2-0-0-0-0-1, Mason McReaken (W) 0.2-0-0-0-0-0, Lennon Gwizdala 0.2-2-1-1-0-0, Dalton Wiggins (Sv) 0.1-0-0-0-0-0