It was a thrilling night for fans of all ages as the 10th Annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game arrived at MCU Park on August 19, 2014.
With 7,230 fans all packed to see their favorite player and team, all in attendance go to see some of the best and brightest in action and they did not disappoint. There were not only thrilling plays made on the field, but a couple of key hits and grey hair moments all combined in one night.
Though it ended with a 1-1 tie, there were still smiles on the faces of those exiting MCU Park, as they were truly treated to a one-of-a-kind event.
Staring with the Civil Servant / Celebrity All-Star Challenge presented by MCU, that featured Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, Rosanna Scotto from Good Day NY, Brooklyn-native and former Major League Star John Halama, St. John’s University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Lavin, Boomer Esiason, and Craig Carton in a fun filled event that helped to raise funds for Carton’s Non-Profit Charity Tic Top Stop.
The group of Franco, Esiason and Carton even decided to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at MCU Park to raise even more funds and awareness.
Fans on the concourse were treated to an autograph session as the stars from both the North All-Star team and South All-Star team took time to sign autographs and mingle with those in attendance.
The Main Event of the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game did not disappoint. as pitchers for both the North and South kept the game scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. It was during that frame when Tri-City ValleyCats Designated Hitter Nick Tanielu recorded his third hit of the night, an RBI single to give the North a 1-0 lead.
Williamsport Crosscutters Designated Hitter Derek Campbell struck for the first hit for the South All-Star team in the bottom of the Fifth Inning, but the offense was kept off the scoreboard for the most part until the bottom of the Seventh.
Staten Island Yankees Luis Torrens started the frame by recording a double to right field, he’d later score on a sacrifice fly by Campbell, who continued the trend of good hitting by Designated Hitters in the game.
Neither team was able to record the winning run, thus resulting in the tie. For the most part the coaching staff and players seemed happy with the fact that most will be ready for the Playoff Push that will start up on Wednesday, August 20.
For the hosts Brooklyn Cyclones, Manager Tom Gamboa was able to get time for his six players, who all made an impression during the course of the night. Starters Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt both had scoreless frames, reliever Shane Bay was able to record an out, while offensively Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal all had an at-hat during the night.
For his three hit performance Tanielu was named the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game MVP and received the milb.com top star award from NYPL president Ben Hayes. Nick was selected by the Houston Astros in the 14th Round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, and was able to impress with his nice swing during the course of the night.
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