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North edges South to win MINK League All-Star Game

North edges South to win MINK League All-Star Game

June 27th, 2019 by News Tribune in College Sports

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Nine South Division pitchers combined to allow zero earned runs in Wednesday night's MINK League All-Star Game.

That still wasn't enough to earn the victory.

The North rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three unearned runs in the eighth inning to defeat the South 3-2 at Phil Welch Stadium.

Nozumu Yumauchi of the Joplin Outlaws relieved Connor McKenna of the Jefferson Renegades in the eighth, getting two quick outs on a flyout and popout.

But a single, an error and a pair of walks got the North on the scoreboard.

Nate Bentura of the Clarinda A's followed with a bouncing single to right field off Nicholas Proto of the Ozark Generals to drive in two runs for a 3-2 lead.

The South dropped a popup in foul territory on the pitch prior to the single.

The South got the tying run in scoring position in the ninth when the Renegades' Peyton Leeper was hit by a pitch and stole second base, but a strikeout, popout and flyout ended the game.

Austin Brooks, a St. Joseph Mustang, closed it out for the North.

Harrison Stevens of the Generals scored the game's first run in the fifth, went to third on Dede Cole's single and crossed the plate when Wesley Anderson of the Generals grounded out.

Cole, a Renegade, got the start and went 1-for-2.

Leeper was busy on the basepaths in the seventh as well by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second base.

He ended up scoring when Joplin's Freilin Cabrera doubled.

Renegades pitcher Lane Threlkeld tossed an inning of relief, striking out one and walking one in the fifth.

McKenna allowed one hit and struck out one in the seventh.

The Renegades, who lead the South Division with an 8-7 record, are back in action Friday when they play at the Nevada Griffons. Game time is 7 p.m.

Jefferson City doesn't return to Vivion Field until July 4 when the Renegades host the JC Legends at 1 p.m.

III

Logan Haring of the Renegades reached the semifinals of the MINK League Home Run Derby prior to Wednesday night's All-Star Game.

Haring, who entered the Derby as the No. 3 overall seed, hit three home runs in the first round, defeating Nevada's Chris Neal, who finished with one homer.

Since the team began play in 2017, the Renegades have had a player advance past the first round of the Derby every season. Cole Evans (2017) and Quincy Jones (2018) each reached the finals when they participated in the Derby.

Haring lost in the semifinals to St. Joseph's Karl Koerper, who went on to win the Derby. Haring finished with two home runs in the round, while Koerper hit three.

In the championship, Koerper won 7-6 against Chillicothe's Nolan Metcalf, who hit the most home runs of any Derby competitor. Metcalf hit 13 homers in each of the first two rounds, giving him 32 total for the day.

Haring, who is entering his senior season at Central Methodist, broke the school's career home run record earlier this year. He has 29 homers in three seasons with the Eagles.