The WCCBL’s inaugural All-Star game ended in a 6-6 tie before 1,083 fans at Wenatchee’s Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Carl Moesche of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau named Spokane’s Darin Holcomb of Gonzaga as the game’s “top prospect” and awarded All-Star co-MVP honors to Aloha’s Zach Borba of UNLV and Wenatchee’s DJ Lidyard of Lower Columbia College.
Holcomb started off the All-Star festivities by winning the Sports & Fitness Outlet Home Run Derby. Holcomb blasted 6 homers to advance to the finals vs. Grant Desme of Bend and Bobby McCaffery of Moses Lake. In the finals, Holcomb blasted 9 more prodigious blasts to beat McCaffery’s two roundtrippers. Holcomb collected one base hit in the All-Star game.
Borba went 3 for 5 with 3 stolen bases and 1 RBI in the league’s first All-Star contest. Lidyard started for the East and struck out all three batters he faced. Borba and Lidyard were named co-WCCBL All-Star game MVPs and were presented signed WCCBL baseballs by John Olerud.
The West blew a three-run lead in the seventh as the East scored three times without the benefit of a hit to tie the score at 6. Kelowna’s Sawyer Carroll of Seminole State College led the East offense going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
The game was called after nine innings as each team was out of pitching.
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