National League Wins New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Eastwood Field
By Vince Guerrieri
Roman Quinn figured it was an easy double.
Quinn, of the Williamsport Crosscutters, got his first at-bat of the New York-Penn League All-Star Game leading off the eighth inning against Taylor Guerrieri of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Quinn sent a pitch down the left field line into the corner. Once he rounded second, the thought occurred to him that he could keep running until he rounded the bases.
“I was going for it all,” he said.
And he got it, scoring as the National League beat the American League 8-1 on Tuesday at Eastwood Field in a game was hosted by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the short season Single-A affiliate for the Indians.
Five Scrappers were named to the American League roster, and four of them started the game. Charlie Valerio was in at catcher, Joe Wendle at third base and designated hitter Joe Sever. Scrappers starter Luis DeJesus got the nod to start for the American League. Scrappers manager Ted Kubiak was the American League manager.
“It was fun for the guys. I wish the outcome was different,” he said.
The National League got on the board first in the top of the third. The Batavia Muckdogs’ Patrick Wisdom got new life after catcher Charlie Valerio of the Scrappers lost a foul ball in the lights. He then singled up the middle, went to third on a single by Juancito Martinez, and tagged up and scored on a fly out to center field by Muckdogs teammate Breyvic Valera.
The bottom of the lineup produced again in the top of the fifth, when Estarlin Martinez of the Auburn Doubledays doubled to right center field. He advanced to third on a groundout by Wisdom and scored on a single by Juancito Martinez, who the stole second.
Juancito Martinez tried to steal third, and catcher Sam Kimmel of the Aberdeen Ironbirds threw wide. Martinez, who would go on to be named All-Star Game MVP, scored on the error to make it 3-0.
“It was very fun,” said Juancito Martinez, who had 14 stolen bases going into the game. “It feels good when I get to first base, and I just keep stealing bases.”
In the top of the ninth, the game broke open with the National League scoring four runs. Estarlin Martinez hit a ground-rule double to the right field corner, and Jacob Stallings drew a walk, After a DJ Crumlich foul out, Tyler Gaffney walked to load the bases. Austin Elkins singled to score Martinez and Stallings and move Gaffney to second. He then took third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball by Kimmel. Elkins then scored on a single by Quinn.
The Scrappers’ Joe Sever got the game’s first hit when he singled up the middle with one out off Nick Wittgren of Jamestown, and then took second on a wild pitch by John Mincone of the Brooklyn Cyclones. But the next two batters – Joel Hutter and Danry Vasquez – fanned, leaving Sever at second.
In the next inning, American League second baseman Thomas Coyle tripled into the right field corner with two outs, but Valerio tapped a weak grounder to end the inning and the scoring threat.
The American League’s only run came when Tyler Hanover hit a home run over the left field fence with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Photo: Matthew White/DTTWLN photographer