The 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game between the Northern Division and the Southern Division ended in a 4-4 tie Tuesday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. The game was called after ten innings.
Lexington Legends outfielder Dominique Taylor was presented with the MiLB.com Star of Stars Award as the game's Most Valuable Player. Taylor was 2-3 with a double and two, tenth-inning RBIs. All 52 eligible players appeared in the game for both divisions, including all three Hickory Crawdads representatives along with Delmarva Shorebirds ace and Catawba, NC native Hunter Harvey.
The Northern Division jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, as Greensboro's Carlos Lopez tripled to right field with two outs and came in to score on a wild pitch from Savannah Sand Gnats right-hander Kevin McGowan.
The South responded with a pair of runs in the third, coming on a two-run single up the middle by Charleston RiverDogs' outfielder Aaron Judge for a 2-1 Southern Division advantage. Both offenses went quiet after that with the pitching staffs combining to keep the score the same until the bottom of the eighth, when Hagerstown's Rafael Bautista singled to left, stole second, took third on a ground out, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 2-2.
That set the stage for a wild 10th inning that saw both squads score two runs to end the game in a 4-4 tie. The South struck first with a two-run single to center field by Taylor, before the North rallied with a sacrifice fly by West Virginia catcher Reese McGuire followed by a two-out, RBI single to right by Shorebirds' first baseman Trey Mancini to deadlock the game for good at 4-4.
The 4-4 tie is the first for the SAL All-Star Game since 2010, when the Northern and Southern Divisions played to a 5-5 tie at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC. Evan Van Hoosier of the Crawdads was 0-2 on the night; Cody Kendall tossed on scoreless inning of relief; Harvey threw a scoreless first inning and gave up a hit and a walk during his appearance. Crawdads manager Corey Ragsdale was a coach for the Northern Division; Sean Fields of the Crawdads was a trainer for the Northern Division.
The Crawdads begin the second-half of the SAL season tomorrow night in Rome, Ga., against the Braves.
2nd Half Commences: The Hickory Crawdads kick off the 2nd half of the SAL season on Thursday, June 19th, as the club travels to Rome, GA for a 4-game series against the Braves. The 'Dads will return home on Monday, June 23rd for an 8-game home stand! TICKETS
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