West’s Quick Start Stuns East In American Legion All-Star Game
By: Tom Moran Jr.
In what seemed like an instant replay of Tuesday's Major League All Star Game, a big top of the first inning proved to be the difference as the West cruised to a 12-3 win over the East in the 2012 Compass Moving District 10 All Star Game at Eldredge Park in Orleans.
The West All Stars came out swinging, connecting for six hits and scoring six runs in the their first trip to the plate to stake their pitching staff to a lead that would not be threatened over the final eight and a half innings of action.
The contest's Most Valuable Player, third baseman George Bradshaw of Brockton Post 35, now looks to have set the tone for the evening when he led off the game with a line drive single to center but it was a string of two-out hits, five to be exact, that did in the East All Stars.
Although five of his Post 206 teammates were on the East roster, they got no sympathy from Luke Besse, the West's starting left fielder, whose double to left drove in his team's fifth and sixth runs.
Besse and Alex Pernick, both Post 206 players, were on the West All-Star roster.
The first inning also saw another Post 206 player make a splash as East center fielder Dylan Morris led off the home half of the inning with a home run to right, a line shot that got out of there in a hurry.
Morris and Besse gave very good accounting of themselves with Besse connecting for a double and a single, reaching base in all three at-bats and driving in two runs while Morris had a single to go with his round-tripper and its RBI.
Morris, Besse and Pernick were joined on the All-Star rosters by Post 206 teammates Mark Brodd, Keegan Dellacona, Everett Walsh and Will Toffey.
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