SAUGET, Ill. – Three Washington pitchers combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough to lead the East Division to a victory in the Frontier League All-Star Game.
The West made the most of only four hits, scoring two runs in the fifth inning and defeating the East, 2-0, at GCS Ballpark, home of the Gateway Grizzlies.
Washington’s Shawn Blackwell and Al Yevoli each threw a scoreless inning and Jonathan Kountis, the Wild Things’ closer, got the final out of the bottom of the eighth. The only hit the trio allowed was a single in the eighth against Kountis.
Blackwell struck out the first two batters he faced in the second inning and ended the frame with a groundout. Yevoli was even more impressive, striking out all three batters he faced in the sixth inning. After giving up the single in the eighth, Kountis struck out the next batter. The three Wild Things pitchers combined to strike out six of the eight batters they faced.
The Wild Things had four position players among their seven representatives in the game. The only Washington player to get a hit was right fielder Stewart Ijames, who singled in the fourth inning. It was one of six hits by the West.
Outfielder Danny Poma was hitless in four at-bats and designated hitter C.J. Beatty was 0-for-2. Poma, Beatty and Ijames were starters for the East. Third baseman Carter Bell entered in the fourth inning and was hitless.
West outfielder Mike Schwartz of the Normal CornBelters was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.