Lib­erty takes At­lantic League All-Star Game

Two Blue Crabs com­bine for two hits and two RBIs in loss for Free­dom

The Enterprise - - Sports - AJ MA­SON

The At­lantic League’s best were on dis­play Wed­nes­day night at Beth­page Ball­park, home of the Long Is­land Ducks, for its 21st an­nual gath­er­ing of all-stars.

And the fans in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y., were not dis­ap­pointed.

On a night where 6,414 fans in at­ten­dance got to en­joy the in-game en­ter­tain­ment and other fes­tiv­i­ties, the Free­dom Divi­sion and Lib­erty Divi­sion bat­tled only to see the one team’s of­fense have the fi­nal an­swer in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning of the At­lantic League All-Star Game.

With the game dead­locked at 3, Som­er­set short­stop Al­fredo Ro­driguez de­liv­ered with the two-out RBI sin­gle to left field, lift­ing Lib­erty to a 4-3 walk-off win over Free­dom.

It marked the first time since 2010 that the Lib­erty Divi­sion won an all-star game.

Ro­driguez, who was named the All-Star Game Most Valu­able Player, had the best of­fen­sive out­put of any player on the night, fin­ish­ing 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and a walk, in­clud­ing the game-win­ning base hit off of Su­gar Land closer Felipe Paulino, who suf­fered the loss.

New Britain pitcher Evan Scribner picked up the win in re­lief, strik­ing out all three bat­ters he faced in the top of the ninth.

The Free­dom Divi­sion was com­prised of Lan­caster, Su­gar Land, York and the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs, while the Lib­erty Divi­sion, the home team for the all-star con­test, con­sisted of New Britain, Som­er­set, Long Is­land and the Road War­riors.

Six South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in Wed­nes­day’s con­sist­ing of start­ing pitcher Daryl Thomp­son, who could not play due to a bro­ken jaw in­jury suf­fered in sea­son’s first half, re­liever Sam Ru­nion, out­fielder Cory Vaughn, first base­man Devon Ro­driguez, third base­man Frank Martinez and short­stop Ed­win Gar­cia.

Martinez led the way for the Free­dom all-stars with

a base hit and two RBIs, while Gar­cia added one hit to rep­re­sent the Blue Crabs.

Som­er­set’s Julio Bor­bon gave Lib­erty a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first on a one-out solo home run.

In the top of the third with one out, Gar­cia dou­bled to left. Dar­ian Sand­ford walked, set­ting up Martinez, who gave Free­dom a 2-1 lead on a tworun sin­gle to cen­ter field.

Af­ter a dou­ble steal put Martinez and Sand­ford on sec­ond and third, Sand­ford later scored on a Wel­ing­ton Do­tel ground out to third to make the game 3-1.

Lib­erty tied the game up at 3 apiece in the bot­tom of the fifth on RBI sin­gles by New Britain’s Deib­in­son Romero and Ro­driguez, both off of Ru­nion.

Prior to the All-Star Game, Romero claimed the Digmi Home Run Derby cham­pi­onship, hit­ting three home runs in the fi­nal round. Vaughn hit one home run and was not able to ad­vance.

PHOTO BY BERT HIND­MAN

South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs third base­man Frank Martinez de­liv­ered with a two-run sin­gle in the top of the third for the Free­dom Divi­sion in the 21st an­nual At­lantic League All-Star Game played Wed­nes­day night at Beth­page Ball­park in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y. The Lib­erty Divi­sion beat Free­dom Divi­sion on a walk-off hit in the bot­tom of the ninth, 4-3.

PHOTO BY BERT HIND­MAN

Blue Crabs short­stop Ed­win Gar­cia par­tic­i­pated in the 21st an­nual At­lantic League All-Star Game played Wed­nes­day night at Beth­page Ball­park in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y., and had one hit in the Free­dom Divi­sion’s 4-3 walk-off loss to the Lib­erty Divi­sion.

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