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North wins GBL All-Star game, Scorps have good showing

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Dubbed the "Civil War," the Golden Baseball League's All-Star Game stayed true to American history as the North defeated the South 9-6 Tuesday night at Bruce Hurst Field in St. George, Utah.
 
North scored the first seven runs of the game and collected 13 hits behind All-Star MVP Truan Mehl of Chico, who went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs.
 
The North All-Stars, consisting of players from Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Chico, got the lead on the first at-bat of the night as Calgary's Fehlandt Lentini hit a solo home run off Long Beach pitcher Jose Lima, a former major league All-Star selection.
 
The South All-Stars, hailing from St. George, Long Beach, Tucson, Orange County and Yuma, scored four runs in the seventh inning and brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, but were unable to get any closer than the eventual final score.
 
The Scorpions' two representatives had positive nights for the North All-Stars. Carlos Villalobos was 2-for-2 in his two at-bats and started the North's seventh-inning scoring with an RBI single. Emiliano Fruto needed just six pitches to toss a 1-2-3 eighth inning, including a strikeout against Mehl.
 
Victoria's Isaac Hess (8-0) was the North's starting pitcher and threw a perfect first inning before the league announced he had been signed by the Boston Red Sox organization. The GBL also announced Donald Brandt is leaving Chico to play affiliated baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers.
 
All pitchers were limited to only one inning or less on the mound. Edmonton's Jason Pearson pitched the ninth to get the save.
 
North led 4-0 after four innings as its four pitchers only allowed one hit. South made it a 7-2 game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but gave them right back in the sixth on a two--run double by Mehl.
 
South collected 13 hits overall and left seven runners stranded.
 
The game featured three solo home runs from Lentini, Wilver Perez and Angel Sanchez. Lentini also won the GBL's Home Run Derby earlier in the evening.
 
Yuma continues the second half of its season at 7 p.m. Thursday beginning a four-game series at Orange County.


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