Burgess Blasts Way to Home Run Derby Title
GREENSBORO â€“ Hagerstownâ€™s Bill Rhinehart put on the show of his life with a 3-for-3 performance which included a home run in the first innings to propel the Northern Division to a 13-4 victory in the 49th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Rhinehartâ€™s first-inning blast was the first of three for the Northern squad. He finished the showcase with three RBI and was honored as the gameâ€™s Star of Stars.
The Northern Division had six multiple-run innings in the contest while holding their counterparts from the South to four, one-run frames. With a 9-3 lead entering the sixth innings, Lakewoodâ€™s Drew Naylor entered the game in relief and sent three straight South batters back to the dugout, two by way of strikeout.
Naylorâ€™s 1-2-3 sixth inning earned him pitcher of the game honors.
Greensboroâ€™s A.J. Battisto, Corey Madden and Garrett Parcell saw action in the game for the North. Battisto pitched in the second innings and Madden faced two batters; he struck out both. Parcell finished the game for the victorious Northern Division by striking out the lone batter he faced.
Following the second inning, Hagerstownâ€™s Michael Burgess completed his race to the Home Run Derby crown. Burgess and Greensboroâ€™s Mike Stanton put on a long-ball clinic, seeing who could hit the ball further; ultimately Burgess was victorious.
Postgame Quick Stats
Win â€“ Kelvin De La Cruz; Loss â€“ Alexander Cobb; Save â€“ None
Time â€“ 2:59; Attendance â€“ 8,367
*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hoppers’ media assistant*****