American vs. National (Future Stars)

American League wins wild one in Future Stars game

By Brian Gosset

The American League team (AL) defeated the National League (NL) 20-19 in 12-innings in the Future Stars All-Star Game Nov. 2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The game was scheduled to go 15 innings, but was cut to 12 midway through the game.

The AL scored four runs in the top half of the 12th to take a 20-18 lead, then held off an NL rally to win Sunday’s opening event.

“It was great to have kids with so much talent come out, players that could play so many positions and watch them have fun – it was fun for the coaches too,” AL coach Brett Huskey said.

Texas’ own Mateo Gil (Timber Creek) and Luke Nagy (Spillane) drove in runs to help the AL win after nearly six hours.

“There was a lot of kids on our team that showed up today. Mateo Gil is one that kind of came behind everyone and did some things, and I think there were some things out there that the kids made work,” Huskey said.

Both teams combine for 27 hits and with so many runs on the board, pitching was overlooked. New Jersey’s Will Venizelos (Lawrenceville) had his best stuff today, pitching two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

“It was good being able to pitch on a big-league mound and performing well,” Venizelos said.

Shawn Rapp of New Jersey and Texas’ Hambleton Oliver were the scheduled starters, but both needed the first inning to get settled in.

“One thing I’m going to take away from this is that I have to locate pitches and make hitters actually hit the ball, rather than giving up free bases,” Rapp said. “I adjusted well in the second inning and was able to throw strikes.”

Kam’Ron Hunt (AR) drew the lead-off walk then stole two bases. Peyton Holt (AR) got the game’s first RBI, driving in Jackson Huskey (AR). Wade Elliott (TX) would add an RBI sac-fly to give the AL a 3-0 lead.

Mike Rodriguez, who participated in the home run derby on Saturday, got the NL within one after his two-run double in the bottom of the 1st.

Both teams would trade runs in the next few innings to tie it up at four before the NL got two off Carson Collvins (TX) in the fifth. Mateo Saenz (TX) and Alex Domingos (CT) were credited with RBIs.

The AL came right back in the sixth with five runs, thanks to an RBI-single from Jared Tipton (TX) and back-to-back RBI-doubles from Nicholas Meineke (TX) and Gil.

The AL would go up 11-7 before the NL scored four in the seventh to tie it at 11-all.

Arkansas’ Ollie Reddick’s two-run triple capped off a four-run eighth inning for the AL as it grabbed the 15-11 lead.

The AL would take a 16-15 lead into the bottom of the 11th when Kayden Dydalewicz (TX) knocked in two, helping the NL score three in the inning and capture an 18-16 lead before the AL’s comeback in the final inning, giving the win to Colorado’s Jett Hoggatt (Kinard).

“It wasn’t really about winning or losing that game. It was more about the kids coming here and showcasing their skills and doing what they came here to do,” Huskey said.