COLUMBIA,SC - First time in 25 years a minor league all-star game was played in Columbia on Tuesday night. The Capital City Bombers hosted the 92 sally league all-star game at capital city stadium. Who knew that the South Atlantic League all-star game would end in a rare 3-3 tie?
Merandy Gonazlez of Columbia got the start tonight for the South team and he did his part. Gonzalez tossed two strikeouts in his only inning of the game.
Then fellow Columbia all-star Mike Paez gets a base hit in his first at bat. That's something fireflies have seen all year. That set the table for fan favorite Dash Winningham. He gets the South on the board with a double that brings home Paez and another run. South with 2-0 lead to start. Winningham is third in the league in rbis this season.
But the North responds with Mitch Roman of the Kannapolis Intimidators. His rbi single gets the North on the board.
The North keeps it going as Aldrem Corredor finds the gap right beside second base and he drives in two runs to give the North a 3-2 lead in the top of the second.
In the bottom of the frame Randy Ventura his a double into left field for the South. That's good for the game tying run and it's knotted up at 3-3.
After a stalemate highlighted by timely strikeouts and solid fielding from both teams Adonis Uceta of Columbia closes a rain shortened all-star game with a strikeout.
This game ends in a 3-3 tie after 7 innings. Winningham of the Fireflies is your MVP with a double, two rbis, a walk and an excellent performance at first base.
"It was awesome. The weather was a little rough but I had a lot of fun out there competing with the best guys in the league and unfortunately it rained out but I just had a lot of fun and enjoyed the experience," Winngham said.
Jose Leger, the Columbia Fireflies manager, was the SAL South team coach for the all star game and he hopes this isn't the last we see of Winningham and the other all-stars.
"It was a very special night. It's just fun to watch these guys. When you get this group of guys who deserve to be here because of the good first half that they had it's just fun times. Hopefully we get to see these guys make it to the big leagues."
The Fireflies will have Wednesday off before starting the second half of their season against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday night at 7 pm at Spirit Communications Park.
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