DAYTON, Ohio -- Games often come down to which team takes better advantage of its opportunities.
That was the case Tuesday night at the Midwest League All-Star Game. The East squad managed only eight hits, but went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The West racked up 13 hits, but went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
The East picked up a 6-5 win with a walk-off single by Lansing’s Dalton Pompey with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
South Bend’s Brandon Drury doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth against Beloit’s Ryan Dull. After a walk and a strikeout, Drury advanced to third on a fielder’s choice before scoring on Pompey’s single.
A pair of LumberKings had a lot to do with the East needing bottom of the ninth heroics.
With the West trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Clinton catcher Tyler Marlette took his first plate appearance. Marlette, who said he was anxious to hit, didn’t get much to swing at from Fort Wayne pitcher Roman Madrid. Marlette drew a leadoff walk when he checked his swing on ball four, the fourth pitch he saw.
“I was joking around with the umpire; I was like, ‘Say I went right here,’” Marlette said. “He was having a tough time finding the zone.”
Peoria’s Breyvic Valera beat out an infield single and then Clinton outfielder Jabari Henry drew a walk to load the bases.
“I was just trying to get on base,” Henry said.
The West pulled to within one run when Niko Goodrum singled to right-center scoring Marlette and Valera.
After Cedar Rapids’ Goodrum singled, Madrid was lifted for RJ Hively. Hively converted 18 of 19 save opportunities in the first half of the season for Fort Wayne.