Although the South actually had taken a 6-5 lead midway through the seventh inning, today's 2017 High School All Star Game was officially ruled a 5-5 tie due to impending weather, which caused the North team to lose its final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning at Dow Diamond this afternoon.
Bay City Western coach Tim McDonald (skipper of the North team) was happy just to have these players together to suit up one last time at a great event in front of family and friends.
“This is a great way for these seniors to pretty much end their high school careers,” McDonald said. “It's a great event, especially with everything going on here, it's a great chance for everyone to get together for a couple hours on a nice afternoon. It's a chance for family and friends to see these kids get together and play one last time.”
North Branch senior Carson Kempa had scored on a botched pick off play to give the South a 6-5 lead, however, because of the impending weather, the game was called early and ruled a 5-5 tie since the North was unable to get its last at bat.
The South would strike first when Montrose senior Collin Vandergronden led off the top of the third inning with a single, before scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Davison senior Nick Densmore for a 1-0 lead midway through the third inning.
The North All Stars would answer when Bay City Central senior Dylan Beffery led off with a booming triple over the right fielders head, then scored on an RBI infield grounder by Heritage senior Noah Marcoux to tie the game at 1-run apiece through three innings of play.
The South went back up in the top of the third inning when Linden senior Jamon Link drove in Lapeer senior Todd Woloszyk for a 2-1 lead, before Grand Blanc senior Nolan Hamilton scored on an infield error by the North for a 3-1 lead.
Nouvel Catholic Central senior Alex Dwan led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, moved to second on a single by Heritage senior Matthew Sulkanen, before scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Bay City Western senior Marcus Miller (as Sulkanen moved to third base) for a 3-2 game.
Frankenmuth senior Dan Mills hit in to a double play, however, Sulkanen was able to score to tie the game at 3-runs apiece.
Essexville Garber senior Logan Sella followed with a 2-out single, then scored on a triple off the bat of Bay City All Saints senior Joe Tany, who then scored on an error to give the North a 5-3 lead midway through the sixth inning.
The South managed to tie the game up in the top of the seventh inning when Lakeville senior Kyle Carlson and Densmore scored after the North pitcher ran into trouble walking a batter with the bases loaded, then walking in one run and hitting another batter to tie the game.
Despite being a pitcher and infielder on his high school team, Tany was inserted as an outfielder and was completely caught off guard when his name was announced as the MVP for his effort at the dish today.
“No, I'm a pitcher, so I came here thinking I was going to pitch,” Tany said. The coach sent me into the game to play outfield, and I'm usually an infielder on my high school team, so it was totally unexpected.”
Vandergronden took home the MVP hardware for the South All Star team.
Loons outfielder Carlos Rincon and infielder Brendon Davis will compete in the 2017 Midwest League Home Run Derby starting at 7:05 pm tonight.