Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 19, 2016, Longview, WA (ISN) – Kyle Nobach of the Corvallis Knights and Jeffery Mitchell of the Gresham GreyWolves combined for five hits, three runs and a pair of RBIs to lead the South to a 4-0 win over the North in the 2016 West Coast League All-Star Game played Tuesday night in front of over 1,823 fans at Story Field in Longview, Washington.
Corvallis shortstop Andy Atwood (left) prepares to put the tag on Bellingham’s Jake Vieth (right) after Vieth tried to stretch a base hit into a double at the 2016 WCL All-Star game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Nobach, with two hits and three runs scored and Mitchell, with three hits and two RBIs, were the number one and two batters in the South lineup and they wasted no time in getting their act started with Nobach doubling off North starter Eaton Lucas (Walla Walla) and then Mitchell trading places with him with a double of his own to give the South the 1-0 lead at the end of one.
They would continue their act in the third, this time off the Victoria HarbourCats Austin Dondanville, when Nobach would reach on an error, move to third on a single by Mitchell and then score on an RBI-single by Cowlitz’s Kenyon Yovan.
Yakima Valley Pippin pitcher Zach Draper throws the first pitch of the 2016 West Coast League All-Star game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the fourth, the South would go up 3-0 when Bend’s Louis Wolf would draw a lead-off walk from Walla Walla’s Bobby Ay and eventually come in to score on a double steal. The Nobach-Mitchell back-to-back doubles show then struck again in the fifth, giving the South the 4-0 lead and all the runs they would need on the day.
In addition to the five hits put up by Nobach and Mitchell and Yovan’s RBI, other South hits came from Tommy Lane (Bend), Andy Atwood (Corvallis) and George Mandazona (Bend).
Cowlitz hometown hero Kenyon Yovan singles home a run for the South during the 2016 WCL All-Star game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the mound for the South, Zach Draper of Yakima Valley got the start and would fare the worst of all South pitchers, giving up three hits in his inning of work, but escaping without any damage. Eight other pitchers saw work with Sam Boone (Bend), Trenton Dupre (Corvallis), Jake Brewer (Kitsap), Cameron Bishop (Corvallis) and Austin Dick (Cowlitz) all throwing no-hit innings at the North.
Wenatchee AppleSox second baseman Evan Douglas looks to turn the double play on a sliding George Mendazona of the Bend Elks (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For the North, seven different players had hits on the night including Shane Hanon (Bellingham), Jarron Silva (Victoria), Andru Cardenas (Bellingham), Danny Casals (Bellingham), Nick Nyquist (Walla Walla), Jake Veith (Bellingham) and Willie MacIver (Walla Walla).
Prior to the game, the 2016 All-Star Home Run Derby took place and it was Bellingham’s Jake Veith who won in impressive fashion, smashing seven home runs in the first round and eventualy winning a tight final round by a score of 4-3 over Walla Walla’s Willie MacIver.
Bellingham’s Jake Vieth watches one of his 11 bombs sail over the right field fence during the 2016 All-Star Home Run Derby, Vieth would emerge the champion (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
HarbourCats in the Game
The Victoria HarbourCats sent six players to the 2016 WCL All-Star game. Here’s how they fared:
Jarron Silva – The rookie WCLer started the game in left field and played the entire game, getting a base hit in four at bats.
Victoria’s Jarron Silva played the full game Tuesday and had a single in four at bats (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Ben Polshuk – Polshuk entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and then played defensively the rest of the game at first base. He was 0-2 but reached on an error, that perhaps could have been scored a base-hit. Polshuk also participated in the Home Run Derby, hitting three out of the park in the first round to advance to Round 2, but he did not make the final.
Austin Dondanville – Came on to pitch the third inning for the North, giving up one run (no earned runs) on three hits.
Josh Mitchell – Came on to pitch the fifth inning for the North and gave up one run on three hits, walking none and striking out one.
Victoria’s Ben Polshuk watches one of his three home runs leave the yard during the Home Run Derby (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Will McAffer – McAffer warmed up late in the bullpen but did not see action in the game.
Griffin Andreychuk – Did not play due to injury. Andrychuck was hit in the face by a pitch in Bend prior to the All-Star break and suffered a concussion and as such will miss a few games.