Webster clubs 2-run bomb, All-Star Game ends in 2-2 tie
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 22, 2020
In a game people will remember for a long time, the Alliance American Division All-Stars broke up a no-hitter and then broke the hearts of the Legion Legends with a stunning comeback to earn a 2-2 tie at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Alliance All-Stars trailed 2-0 and had no hits entering the seveth inning as they faced former MLB draft pick Corey Madden, who struck out the side in the previous inning of work.
A comeback looked impossible.
But South’s Oliver Brown and Gage Webster had other ideas.
Brown broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single to center field and with two outs Webster came to the plate for his first at-bat of the game.
Webster, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder headed to the University of Utah, crushed an opposite-field, two-run homer over the left-field wall to tie the game in an only-in-a-dream type ending.
Madden – the 2003 Alaska Legion State Tournament MVP – struck out the final hitter to give the hard-throwing right-hander six strikeouts in two innings.
The former St. Mary’s star is one of eight Alaskans to play as high as the Triple-A level and looked the part, throwing the ball well and dominating the strike zone.
Credit Webster for putting a good swing on the ball. After the game, Webster and Madden exchanged a COVID-inspired celebration of tapping cleats at home plate in a cool gesture of sportsmanship.
That was the vibe all week – competitive but chill.
The Legends pitching staff came out firing, with flamethrower Johnny Meszaros starting it off with an OMG-type first inning. The 25-year-old pro prospect was the hardest thrower among the two dozen pitchers to throw in the two-game series, topping out in the mid-to-high 90s.
The former MLB draft pick racked up two strikeouts and dribbler to first base. The crowd cheered when Service’s Henry Helgeson managed to foul off a fastball.
Legends relievers Garrett Brown (Pacific Lutheran), Joe Fitka (Chicago State) and Parker Johnson (Indiana Wesleyan) carried the no-hitter for another three innings.
In fifth inning, Dalton Chapman (Grand Canyon) had two strikeouts and benefitted from catcher Jonny Homza making a pro’s throw to nail Bartlett's Blake Bacho trying to steal second base.
Homza, 20, a 2017 fifth-round MLB draft pick of the San Diego Padres, went from sensational shortstop in high school to a catcher as a pro. With one throw down to second, he showed why. His throw to second base was perfect. Like, the-infielder-didn’t-have-to-move-his-glove good.
Madden struck out the side in the sixth to carry the no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Meanwhile, the Alliance All-Stars pitchers held their own. Sure, they didn’t throw a combined shutout like the National Division All-Stars but the American Division All-Stars carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Palmer’s Ben Alley started the game and worked around two walks, thanks to South catcher Dylan Maltby, who gunned down Legends base runner Adam Manzer (Sonoma State) with a one-hop bullet to second.
Bartlett’s Taylor McCart and Kenai’s Sam Berry kept it going. Berry got some help from his Twins teammates Tanner Ussing to get out of the third inning after Ussing smothered a low throw with his body, first knocking down the ball and then scrambling to pick it up.
The Legends finally broke through in the fourth inning, ending a 10-inning scoreless streak dating to last night’s game. Tom Bowe (Plattsburgh State) led off with a walk and then went first to third on a wild pitch. He scored on A.J. Hull’s RBI groundout.
Service’s Sam Maudsley and East’s Zack Barnhart each worked scoreless innings as the score stayed 1-0 going into the top of the seventh inning. With one, Homza doubled to deep center and was replaced by pinch-runner Taylor Nerland.
After two walks pushed Nerland to third base, Hull – the 2012 Alaska Legion State Tournament MVP – knocked in his second RBI of the game to make it 2-0.
American Division All-Stars 2,
Legion Legends 2, tie
Manzer 0-3 walk
WHomza 0-1 2 walks
JHomza 1-3 double walk
Arend 0-0 walk
Bowe 0-1 run walk
Woodall 0-0 2 walks
Hull 1-4 2 RBIs
Maxwell 0-1 walk
Reed 0-0 walk
CMadden 0-1 walk
Nerland 0-0 run
Brown 1-3 run
Helgeson 0-2 walk
Webster 1-1 HR 2 RBIs
Bacho 0-2 walk
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