SAL All-Star Game ends in 4-4 tie
The 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game began as a display of the league's pitching prowess and concluded with a flurry of offense, as the Northern and Southern Divisions ended in a 4-4 tie after 10 exciting innings.
In front of 3,753 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, Lexington Legends outfielder Dominique Taylor was presented with the MiLB.com Star of Stars Award as the game's MVP, finishing the night 2-3 with a double and two, 10th inning RBIs. All 52 eligible players appeared in the game for both divisions, including all three Hickory Crawdads representatives along with Delmarva Shorebirds ace and Catawba, NC native Hunter Harvey.
The Northern Division jumped out to the initial lead with a run in the 2nd inning, as Greensboro's Carlos Lopez tripled to right with two outs and came in to score on a corresponding wild pitch from Savannah Sand Gnats right-hander Kevin McGowan for a 1-0 score.
The South responded with a pair of runs in the third, coming on a 2-RBI single up the middle by Charleston RiverDogs' outfielder Aaron Judge for a 2-1 Southern Division advantage. Both offenses went quite after that with the pitching staffs combining to keep the score the same until the bottom of the 8th, when Hagerstown's Rafael Bautista singled to left, stole second, took third on a ground out, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 2-2.
That set the stage for a wild 10th inning that saw both squads score two runs to end the game with a 4-4 tie. The South struck first with a 2-RBI single to center by Taylor, before the North rallied with a RBI sacrifice fly by West Virginia catcher Reese McGuire followed by a 2-out, RBI single to right by Shorebirds' first baseman Trey Mancini to deadlock the game for good at 4-4.
The 4-4 tie is the first for the SAL All-Star Game since 2010, when the Northern and Southern Divisions played to a 5-5 tie at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC.