Thursday, August 22, 2019

NYPL All-Star Game goes off with hitches

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Simmons, Williams & Stott/Image- Jay Floyd
In what was a mess of an event, the New York-Penn League All-Star Game was won on Wednesday night by the Blue Team, which included four Phillies prospects, over the Red team, which featured representatives from the home club, the Yankees' Staten Island squad.

The score at the ballpark, shown on the scoreboards and announced to those in attendance upon completion of the contest was 7-3.  This conflicted with the account reported by multiple media outlets and the score that appeared on minor league baseball's online box score, 7-4.

The start of the annual exhibition was delayed by rain, which came as a deluge during a pre-game Home Run Derby, that led to an apparent cancellation of the aforementioned competition, though that wasn't announced to the fans in attendance.

There were multiple innings during the game that ended abruptly, adding to the confusion of those present.  Unclear if there was a reversed call or potentially some sort of mercy rule acted on due to a hurler's pitch count, fans watched the sides seem to change twice when an inning was going at length.

And let's not forget the pregame ceremony set to honor new NYPL Hall of Fame inductees during which the grandfather of late State College Spikes coach Josiah Viera, Dave Bohner, heard his name announced multiple times as though it was pronounced like a slang term for an erection instead of the proper way, which rhymes with honor.  Oh, and the time an incompletely edited rap song was played over the Richmond County Bank Ballpark speakers was quite noteworthy also.

In the game, Williamsport's offensive standout Kendall Simmons started for the Blue team, going 1-for-2 with an RBI.  The 19-year-old played second base and committed a field error.

The Phillies' first round pick from this year's draft Bryson Stott entered the game as a substitution.  The talented shortstop went 0-for-1 with a walk.

Speedy center field Corbin Williams, who leads the NYPL in stolen bases, played center field and went 0-for-3.

Catcher Logan O'Hoppe, a native New Yorker, was 0-for-1 in the exhibition.

The Crosscutters (26-37, 5th place in the Pinckney Division) return to regular season action on Thursday as they open a three-game series at home against Mahoning Valley. 

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