Saint Mark’s Chris Ludman hit a 2nd-inning, 2-run single to push the Blue squad ahead for good in a 6-5 win over the Gold in the 2017 Blue-Gold All-Star Baseball Game at Frawley Stadium.
In a game that will mark the final high school experience for many of the players, the downstate Gold team took the lead on Ryan Steckline’s RBI single in the bottom of the first inning.
Blue took the lead in the top of the 2nd inning, when Pat McVey reached on an error, allowing Conrad’s Anthony Madonna to score, and then Ludman’s slice single to left brought home Red Lion’s Aaron Weber and Salesianum’s Brett Nordmeyer to claim the lead.
Weber added an RBI single in the 3rd, and he later scored on another error.
Gold’s pitching finally settled down, as Newark Charter’s Shane Chopko, Woodbridge’s Doug Avery, and Polytech’s Joey Haass combined for five innings of one-hit relief, to keep their team in the game the rest of the way.
The offense finally started coming, leading with another RBI single from Appo’s Steckline, and then a 3-run rally in the 9th inning.
Haass’ RBI double started the rally before his Polytech teammate Cole Garey reached on a smash to 3rd base. Sussex Central’s Trey Toppin doubled to left, but Conrad’s Brock Nowell was able to draw a pair of strikeouts to hang on and clinch the victory.
Conrad’s Anthony Madonna was named the Blue’s MVP, going 2-for-2 with a stolen base, walk, and run scored. Sussex Tech’s Luke Oliphant had two singles and two runs to win the Gold’s MVP award.
Several of the seniors for both teams will play in the Phillies’ Carpenter Cup later this week in South Philadelphia.