Lincoln Saltdog outfielder Josh Burrus drove in two runs and catcher Shawn McGill won the skills competition for the his position as the North Division beat the South 6-2 in the American Association All-Star game in Grand Prairie, TX.
Sioux Falls RF Cory Harris tripled in the first inning to give the North a 2-0 lead before Canaries 3B Trevor Lawhorn snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the top of the sixth. Lawhorn finished 2-for-4 and was named the Meyvn Baseball Company Player of the Game.
The South was only able to muster four hits against the North’s steady parade of quality pitchers. The North used all eight hurlers on their roster with only starter Brandon Kintzler working more than one inning. The South hitters generated just one base runner in their final 16 at bats in the contest. Wichita’s Derek Blacksher pitched the fifth inning, struck out two, and was the winner. The top of the sixth inning was decisive as the North used five hits to score four times off Grand Prairie’s Kieran Mattison, who took the loss.
A pre-game skills competition was also featured and tested the throwing abilities of infielders, outfielders, and catchers. The following players achieved the best scores in their respective positions: Outfield – Brent Krause (St. Paul Saints); Infield- Pat O’Sullivan (Fort Worth Cats); Catcher- Shawn McGill (Lincoln Saltdogs).