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The West All-Stars put together a seven-run fifth inning and clobbered the East All-Stars 12-2 in the 2023 RCBL All-Star Game on Saturday, July 8 at Montezuma Ruritan Field.
Reid Long of the Clover Hill Bucks picked up the win for the West on his 21st birthday, pitching a perfect third inning with one strikeout. RCBL Shocker Kaden Spaid took the loss for the East, giving up nine runs (five earned) on eight hits with three walks and a strikeout in two innings.
Bridgewater’s Grey Sherfey and Clover Hill’s Luke Shifflett were both named Game MVP. Sherfey was 2-3 with two RBIs on a home run. Shifflett was 3-4 with two RBIs.
“We were out here, just playing the game that we love,” Sherfey said. “It was a good night, we all had fun, and thanks to everyone that showed up.”
Shifflett was honored to be there as well.
“The approach doesn’t change, even if this is an All-Star Game, we’re still out here to, #1 take the victory,” Shifflett said. “You see ball, hit ball, and we did it tonight. Me and Grey grew up playing together, both Turner Ashby grads, so shoutout to Turner Ashby, and yeah, it was a great time tonight.”
Harrison Madagan put the East on the board with a solo shot to left field in the top of the second.
The West would respond with an RBI single from Josh Eberly in the bottom of the third.
Austin Whetzel’s sacrifice fly would score Noah Cornwell to give the West the lead in the fourth. Micah Canterbury would follow it up with an RBI single to left to make it 3-1.
Can Irvine’s RBI single in the fifth cut the lead to 3-2. The West responded, as Luke Shifflett hit a bases loaded two run RBI single to left. Whetzel’s grounder to shortstop was thrown away, allowing the sixth run to score. Colin McGuire’s two out grounder to third was thrown away, allowing two more runs to score. Grey Sherfey crushed a home run over the right field wall to make the score 10-2 West.
A run came home on Gavin Rush’s fly ball to left in the eighth, and Carl Keenan scored the twelfth run on a wild pitch.
The West had twelve runs on fifteen hits with no errors and nine runners left on base. The East had two runs on three hits with two errors and six runners left on base.
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