Colonial/MVC beats LVC in Deppe All-Star Classic
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion offensively coming from the batter's box.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show on Saturday, June 7.
Following a first inning that produced a 2-2 ballgame, the Lavender Team's (Colonial League and MVC) quintet of pitchers allowed just four hits and one run the rest of the way to drop the Orange Team (composed of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference), 11-3, in the 29th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic at Limeport's Fegley Stadium.
"It was a huge honor," Palmerton's Garrett Krome said, who knocked in a run in the first inning. "I didn't have that great of a season. To be picked here, I'm like well I represented my team pretty well. I'm just glad to be here."
Northwestern's Collin Breidinger and Austin Yanek were named to the Deppe team, but neither participated in the game.
After Catasauqua's Zach Bradley allowed two runs in the first, he pitched a one-two-three inning in the second to begin the pitching spectacle. It was the first of four one-two-three frames for the Orange Team.
Salisbury's Justin Aungst, who was credited with the win after Lavender scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, struck out five batters in the third and fourth.
Pen Argyl's Devon Labarre allowed one hit and struck out four batters in the fifth and sixth, Palmerton's Nick Frey pitched two hitless innings in the seventh and eighth, and Northern Lehigh's Matt Egan closed out the ninth.
"It was really interesting because we only got to see maybe one or two of these pitchers," Krome said. "Getting to see all of them at one time really shows how much talent we actually have."
Nicholas Horinko of Wilson scored on a throwing error, and Catasauqua's Tyler Correll connected on a single that scored Frey in the fourth to give Lavender its 4-2 advantage.
Lavender would not be threatened the rest of the way. That fourth inning rally, which started with two Lavender strikeouts, only seemed to have sparked their bats as the game progressed.
In the sixth, Lavender reeled off five-consecutive hits after a strikeout began the inning. That start led to a four-run barrage, as Bangor's Tanner Brescancine, Bangor's Frank Cutler, Saucon Valley's Bryan Schoch and Wilson's Dakota Bogoly all crossed home plate.
While the Lavender Team provided much of the fireworks on Saturday afternoon, the game went beyond just the final score. It was an opportunity for the best players to compete against one another on the brightest stage. Still, the Colonial League/MVC squad was proud to show the area what they're all about.
"We wanted to beat them because usually there's a lot of hype down there," Krome said. "I'm glad we could beat them. It really shows we got a lot of talent up here."
Frey scored on an infield error in the top of the ninth, and Correll's groundout scored Salisbury's Adam Ebner to make it an 11-2 game. Emmaus' Jason Fatzinger winner of the Frank Yelinko Hitting Competition scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to break Orange's seven-inning scoreless drought.