The New York-Penn League held their All-Star game on Tuesday night in Troy, New York and it was Tristan Gray who threw the big haymaker in this contest. His seventh inning home run gave the South All-Stars the lead, and his ninth inning single gave them an insurance run in their 5-2 victory. For his hard work, he was named the All-Star game MVP.
With five Morgantown players on the South squad, there was a lot of action to follow. Deon Stafford was the starting catcher, while Bligh Madris came off the bench to play right field, Gray played shortstop, and both Ike Schlabach and Adam Oller got an inning of work on the mound.
Stafford caught the first four innings of the game and kept the opposing second baseman busy. He grounded out and popped out, both to second base. When he left for ...
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