An official Florida State League game would not be complete with a tarp pull and a rain delay. So in typical FSL fashion, the 2014 Florida State League All-Star began with a hour and a half rain delay. But once the tarp was removed and the game got underway, the fans were treated with an exciting game including four lead changes, two home runs and a come from behind win for the North Division.
The North Division broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning. Dunedin’s Dalton Pompey tripled to right field and later scored on a ground ball by Jays teammate KC Hobson to give the North Division a 1-0 lead.
The South Division matched the run and added another in the bottom half of the inning. Palm Beach’s Charlie Tilson singled to right. He then scored on a single by fellow Cardinal Breyvic Valera. Valera scored on a ground ball by St Lucie’s TJ Rivera to give the South Division a 2-1 lead.
The North tied the game in the top of the fourth. Tampa’s Zach Wilson went deep to left for a solo home run to tie the game.
The South regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fort Myers slugger and All-Star Home Run Derby Champ Adam Brett Walker showcased his power by going deep for a solo home run. They added another run as the Stone Crabs Pat Leonard singled to center and later scored on a bases loaded walk to give the South a 4-2 lead.
The lead held until the top of the ninth when the North jumped all over Bradenton’s closer Bryton Trepagnier. The North Division tagged him for four runs in the inning. Tampa’s Dante Bichette Jr got the rally started with a single to left. Later fellow Yankee Jake Cave drew a walk to put two runners on the bases for the North. Lakeland’s Austin Green singled home Bichette. Daytona’s Marco Hernandez tied the game with an RBI single to score Cave. Then fellow Cub Gioskar Amaya put the North on top to stay with a two run double to give the North Division a 6-4 win.
It was a great night for the Stone Crabs. All five Stone Crabs All-Stars saw time on the field for the South Division. Leonard singled in each of his first three at-bats enroute to a 3 for 5 night. Kevin Brandt pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Maxx Tissenbaum supplied a pinch hit single in the eighth inning. Both Justin O’Conner and Leonardo Reginatto were hitless on the night.
Walker was named the All-Star MVP. In addition to winning the Home Run Derby, Walker finished 3 for 5 with a double and a home run.
The Cubs righty Andrew McKirahan picked up the All-Star win while Lakeland’s Angel Nebitt earned the save. Trepagnier suffered the loss for the South Division.