East and West play to 2-2 tie in 2008 WCCBL All-Star Game

The West All-Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Larson Playfield in Moses Lake, Washington before the East tied things in the bottom of the second on a two-run blast by Kelowna’s Stephen Hagen of Oregon State.

Both teams put up zeros for the next 7 innings and the game was called after nine as both All-Star teams ran out of pitchers.

Hagen was named the All-Star Game MVP by WCCBL advisory board member Carl Moesche of the MLB Scouting Bureau.

Corvallis Knights closer Taylor Starr was named the game’s “Top Prospect” by Moesche and the big league scouts in attendance.

The West All-Stars scored first in the first on a RBI single by Kitsap’s Bucky Aona of Southern Utah.

The West tacked on another run thanks to a passed ball in the top of the second.

Hagen homered to tie things off Bend reliever Johnny Hirko.

The pre-game home-run derby came down to two Southern Utah teammates, Aona of Kitsap and Nick Freitas of Kelowna.

Aona hit 9 in the first round, but in the final round it was Freitas who would prevail as Aona was shut out and Freitas hit 4 homers.

The game was played before 674 fans and both teams played flawless ball until a two-out error in the bottom of the ninth.

This is the second tie in WCCBL All-Star game history. The East won last summer.