Colavecchio’s go-ahead RBI single, Brandal’s save key 5-2 win for Stripes over Stars in Legion All-Star Game

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 18, 2023

Team Stripes scored five runs and sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning to highlight a 5-2 victory over Team Stars under sunny skies Tuesday afternoon in the Alaska Legion All-Star Game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Juneau’s Porter Nelson, Bartlett’s Carl Colavecchio and Ketchikan’s Jonathan Scoblic each had RBIs in the breakaway frame that made a winner out of Service reliever Landon Martindale.

Colavecchio delivered the go-ahead single when he lined a shot off the wrist of Eagle River pitcher Landon Hudson. Off the bat the ball looked like it ricocheted off Hudson’s head, but he blocked the liner with his wrist at the last second.

Bartlett’s Nick Brandal picked up the save after working around a one-out walk and ending the game on a groundball.

West’s Sam Zieserl went 2-for-2 and scored twice for Team Stripes, which was coached by Taylor Nerland and Aaron Miller. Zieserl led off each of the fifth and sixth innings with singles on the first pitch.

Other players with base hits in that piviotal fifth inning included Kenai’s Jace Crall and Service’s Jake Rafferty and Rilen Niclai.

Another Service player, Martindale, picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning after stranding a runner on third base.

Team Stars, which was coached by Ken Wooster and Donny Kroon, led 2-0 through four innings.

In the second, Eagle River’s Alex Mullen was hit by a pitch, went to second on a base hit by Chugiak’s Andrew Gruszynski and later scored on a sac fly by Palmer’s Kaesen Buzby.

In the fourth, Mullen led off with a walk and later came around to score on an error.

Team Stripes turned two double plays and got a beautiful sliding backhand play by East shortstop Edison Polanco, who showed why he was the CIC Gold Glove Award winner this year.

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Stars – Ray, Haas (2), Peterson (3), Marks (4), Hudson (5), Dumas (5), G.Gruszynski (6) and Rau, Clements (4).

Stripes – Luben, Dittrich (2), Guzman (3), Trudeau (4), Martindale (5), Gibson (6), Brandal (7) and Camacho, Clements (4). 

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