By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
On a sweltering afternoon, the best of the best of local amateur baseball faced off on an All-Star game Saturday, June 29. Watkins hosted the game that pitted the Central Valley League against the Stearns County League. In a well-fought game, the CFL emerged victorious, 4-3.
Two hours before the start of the game, there was a Home Run Derby: the best hitter from each team competed to see who could hit the most home runs within two minutes, using aluminum bats. Mathew Quade of the Lake Henry Lakers (SCL) won; he hit six home runs in two minutes.
Each inning featured a different pitcher, allowing for a variety of talent to be displayed. There was only one walk on the game.
The CVL jumped to the lead in the first inning as David Jonas hit a home run to center, scoring Kevin Kramer from second base. It would take until the sixth inning for the SCL to score when Daniel Sargent of the St. Martin Martins scored on a sacrifice.
In the eighth inning, Adam Beyer of the Kimball Express hit a homer for the CVL, scoring Matt Dingmann also of the Express.
The final inning was perhaps the most exciting for the SCL, as they had bases loaded several times. With Dan Berg pitching, Cole Schmitz of the Richmond Royals was hit by a pitch and advanced to first, scoring 1. A second run in the ninth was still short of a tie or a win. Sam Iten of the Luxemburg Brewers caught the final fly out to right to end the game, 4-3.
Each year, team managers or representatives vote on All-Stars for this game (not counting their own team, of course).