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- Updated: June 22, 2016
The Midwest League All Star game wasn’t decided until the top of the ninth inning when the East scored four runs to come back and win the slug fest 11-10.
The game was played in front of 4,565 fans at Perfect Game Field, the home of the Cedar Rapids kernels.
The scoring barrage started early when the West added four runs in the bottom of the first highlighted by RBI doubles from Kan County Cougars Trevor Mitsui, Clinton LumberKings Dalton Kelly and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Jake Gatewood.
The East responded with a run in the second when Francisco Mejia scored on an error, but the West answered right back with a run in the bottom of the frame and three more in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 8-1.
East All-Stars would not be undone as they added five runs in the top of the fourth to pull within 8-6, after an RBI single from Lansing Lugnuts Juan Kelly, a throwing error allowing Bowling Green Hot Rods Jake Cronenworth to score, and RBI singles off the bats of South Bend Cubs Donnie Dewees and West Michigan Whitecaps Will Maddox.
In the seventh, Dewees walked to lead off the inning and then scored on a ground out to make the score 8-7.
In the bottom of the frame, the West All Stars regained an advantage by adding two runs to take a 10-7, on a two-run home run from Cedar Rapids Kernels A.J. Murray.
In the top of the ninth, Whitecaps David Gonzalez and Dewees hit back to back singles to start the inning. Then after a ground out moved both runners to second and third, Cubs and game MVP Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run shot to tie the game at 10-10.
With two outs, Lugnuts Andrew Guillotte hit a line drive single to right field, and after a wild pitch moved him over to second, Lake County Captains Willi Castro hit a single to right field scoring Guilotte to put the East up for good at 11-10.
In the bottom of the ninth, the West managed to get a runner on base, but he was stranded and the East survived to earn the victory.
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