National League takes two out of three at the All Star Game
NEW CARLISLE- The league's brightest stars descended upon Migley Field for the 2021 ORWBL All Star Game. Festivities kicked off with the Home Run Derby so let's take a look at the full results as Maple City's Jared Jonkman won his 2nd ORWBL Home Run Derby Crown, becoming just the fourth player to win the event multiple times.
#4 Walter Griffin III defeated Nate Kelly 1-0
(Maple City's Jared Jonkman who won his 2nd ORWBL Home Run Derby Crown.)
The 2021 ORWBL All Star Game kicked off shortly after the conclusion of the Home Run Derby as the National League served as the home team for the Opener. Caleb Jonkman led off the game with a solo HR but the AL would not be able to scrape another run across the rest of the way. Caleb Jonkman picked up the AL's only 2 hits in the game while the National League was able to get contribution from the entire lineup as five out of their six players recorded hits. Meanwhile, NL Starting Pitcher Anthony Rieff did a great job shutting down the American League lineup.
Austin Traxler and Seth Campbell recorded the two National League Home Runs while Josh Trim scored the other run as the NL held on to win Game 1 by the score of 3-1. After winning the Home Run Derby, Jared Jonkman managed to pitch a good game against the NL although he was hit with the loss.
Runs were just as hard to come by in Game 2 as Walter Griffin III and Aidan Cotter took the mound for their respective sides. Like Game 1, Maple City's Caleb Jonkman provided the AL with their only run support as he hit a pinch hit Home Run in the 5th inning. OTF's James Ooms Sr. and Twin Branch's Lucas Oletti also recorded hits.
For the National League side it was Garrett Ruiz and Matt Soos who provided the offense as each of them hit a solo HR. Soos's Home Run put the NL up for good as it helped clinch the series win which helped him take home All Star Game MVP honors.
In the finale it looked like it would be more of the same as the NL jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Home Runs by Brandon Terry, Colton Boren, and DJ Hill would help the American League claw back into it as they were able to pick up a 4-3 win in extra innings as Maple City's Alex Friedman picked up the win in relief, tossing 3 scoreless innings.
Despite that loss, the National League was still able to prevail and take home bragging rights by taking two out of three. All in all, it was another great All Star event out at Migley Field and it was great having all sixteen teams represented out there.