PRESS RELEASE – History was made all across Royal Athletic Park. Tuesday night at the 2013 WCL All-Star Game, as 4,210 fans watched the South Division All-Stars knock off the North by a score of 7-5.
The 48 athletes were treated to a complete day of festivities at the ballpark. Their day started at noon with a chat from Hall of Fame General Manager Pat Gillick. After getting a chance to meet some of the other athletes in town, the players participated in a scouting combine in front of approximately 20 scouts.
As the game itself neared, the home run derby gave fans an appetizer of what was to come. The first hitter of the night, Cody Hough (Klamath Falls) exploded out of the gates with 8 homers in the first round. Hough and UC Riverside teammate Kevin Davidson (Medford) cruised all the way to the finals, where Hough would hold off his Highlanders teammate for the title.
When the game finally began, the 4,210 in attendance got every cent they paid for. The first inning was full of fireworks, as Kyle Knigge (Cowlitz) put the South up early with an RBI single. However, the North came back with 2 in the bottom of the frame on RBIs from Kramer Lindell and Renae Martinez (Walla Walla).
After 3 innings, the score was tied at 3, but the South broke the game open with 2 runs in both the 6th and 7th innings. With a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the 9th, the North wasn’t ready to quit. Alex Calbick (Bellingham) and Brett Stephens (Wenatchee) came up with 2-out RBI singles to ignite a rally, but with the tying run on 2nd base, Matt Mendenhall popped out to seal the South a victory in the first ever North-South All-Star Game (previously East-West format).
“It was a privilege to be in this game…It was a great overall experience… It was all about having fun and putting on a show for these guys because they came out to watch the game,” said Bend slugger Derek Dixon, who finished 2-3 with 2 walks and an RBI on the night.
Kyle Knigge was named the game MVP, going 2-3 with an RBI single and an RBI double. Walla Walla’s Cody Poteet was named the top prospect by the scouts who attended the All-Star festivities.
“It’s a great feeling. It was an awesome experience playing with the best guys in the WCL,” said Knigge.
After the on-field fireworks, fans were treated to a postgame fireworks show, wrapping a night that won’t soon be forgotten in Victoria.
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