One big inning helped to lift the North to the 14-1 win over the South at the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game on Tuesday night in front of 2,284 fans at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend. The North’s early lead expanded with a nine-run top of the second inning to give the squad a double-digit edge.
The explosive top of the second inning allowed the North to seize control of the game, giving them a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night.
A number of sluggers for the North had standout performances. Wenatchee’s Ryan Altenberger (Xavier) went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. Altenberger had a game-high 4 RBIs.
Both Bellingham’s Jack Machtolf (Gonzaga) and Victoria’s Parker Bramlett (Angelo State) each had four hits. Machtolf took home MVP honors for his outstanding game. He went 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs.
The MLB scouts in attendance at Vince Genna Stadium selected Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) of Corvallis as the All-Star Game’s Top Prospect. Lee was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 37 overall prospect going into this year’s MLB Draft. Despite being selected by the San Francisco Giants, the incoming freshman will head to college and play for his dad at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
On Monday night Matthew Christian (Campbell) of Port Angeles came away the winner of the annual All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
WCL All-Star Game History
2006 at Wenatchee – East 6, West 6
MVP: Zach Borba (UNLV) of the Aloha Knights and DJ Lidyard (Lower Columbia College) of the Wenatchee AppleSox
Top Prospect: Darin Holcomb (Gonzaga) of the Spokane RiverHawks
HR Derby Winner: Darin Holcomb (Gonzaga) of the Spokane RiverHawks
2007 at Bellingham – East 4, West 1
MVP: Ryan Davis (Vanderbilt) of the Wenatchee AppleSox and Brandon Kuykendall (Benedictine College) of the Kitsap BlueJackets
Top Prospect: Matt Way (Washington State) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Dillon Baird (Arizona) of the Wenatchee AppleSox
2008 at Moses Lake – East 2, West 2
MVP: Stephen Hagen (Oregon State) of the Kelowna Falcons
Top Prospect: Taylor Starr (Oregon State) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Nick Freitas (Southern Utah) of the Kelowna Falcons
2011 at Corvallis – East 4, West 2
MVP: Spencer O’Neil (Oregon) of the Cowlitz Black Bears
Top Prospect: Ben Wetzler (Oregon State) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Sean Myrom (Concordia) of the Corvallis Knights
2012 at Walla Walla – West 3, East 2
MVP: Connor Hofmann (Oregon) of the Corvallis Knights
Top Prospect: Taylor Williams (Kent State) of the Cowlitz Black Bears and Hunter Virant (UCLA) of the Walla Walla Sweets
HR Derby Winner: Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine) of the Wenatchee AppleSox
2013 at Victoria – South 7, North 5
MVP: Kyle Knigge (Lewis-Clark State) of the Cowlitz Black Bears
Top Prospect: Cody Poteet (UCLA) of the Walla Walla Sweets
HR Derby Winner: Cody Hough (UC Riverside) of the Klamath Falls Gems
2014 at Klamath Falls – RAINED OUT
HR Derby Winner: Gabe Clark (Oregon Staet) of the Victoria HarbourCats
2015 at Bellingham – South 3, North 0
MVP: Jake Scudder (Kansas State) of the Kitsap BlueJackets
Top Prospect: Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State) of the Bend Elks
HR Derby Winner: Hunter Villanueva (Fresno Pacific) of the Kelowna Falcons
2016 at Cowlitz – South 4, North 0
MVP: Kyle Nobach (Oregon State) of the Corvallis Knights
Top Prospect: Cameron Bishop (UC Irvine) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Jake Vieth (Gonzaga) of the Bellingham Bells
2017 at Yakima Valley – South 5, North 2
MVP: Devlin Granberg (Dallas Baptist) of the Cowlitz Black Bears
Top Prospect: Louis Crow (San Diego) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Chase Illig (West Virginia) of the Bellingham Bells
2018 at Port Angeles – North 10, South 6
MVP: Kyle Schimpf (Southeastern Louisiana) of Port Angeles Lefties and Cesar Lopez (Cal Poly Pomona) of Walla Walla Sweets
Top Prospect: Zach Penrod (Northwest Nazarene) of the Walla Walla Sweets, Jeremy Yelland (Hawaii) of the Wenatchee AppleSox and Bradley Gonzales (Dallas Baptist) of the Bend Elks.
HR Derby Winner: Ron Brown (Houston) of the Port Angeles Lefties
2019 at Bend – North 14, South 1
MVP: Jack Machtolf (Gonzaga) of the Bellingham Bells
Top Prospect: Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) of the Corvallis Knights
HR Derby Winner: Matthew Christian (Campbell) of the Port Angeles Lefties
About the West Coast League:
The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the 15-year-old, 12-team, professionally operated wood-bat league showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with the best summer weather in North America. Ninety alums and current players of WCL teams were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, including the No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman. In 2018, 294 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 39 in the major leagues, such as 2019 MLB All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (Cleveland Indians); standout outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle Mariners); ace hurler James Paxton (New York Yankees); slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies); and rising star pitchers Marco Gonzales (Seattle Mariners) and Matt Boyd (Detroit Tigers). Overall member attendance was 496,278 this past summer, a tremendous increase of 20 percent over the previous season.