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Big hit propels Hess League to win


Red Sox rookie Matt Hogan takes a swing and a miss during the 2009 All Star Game. The young slugger did pick up a hit for the Lamb League All Stars late in the game. Yet his team couldn't knock him home to tie the game.

2009 HR Derby
Trying to cut down on the usual 40 + HR Derby participants, this year would be a little different. The top five home run leaders from each league were selected to slug it out over three rounds. Anthony Auspelmyer put on a hitting clinic in the first round, belting seven long balls. Only the top five would go on to make it to the next round. In round two, James Resue got hot. The 2008 Derby champ would go on to hit five HR's to tie the leader at seven. Would that be enough to make it to the final round? Zach Popp made sure that wasn't the case. Only the top two hitters would make the final round. With five dingers in the first round, Popp knocked out four more to advance to the finals. All Aussy had to do was hit one HR to reach the finals, and he ended up hitting three. 
    The two final players were team mates last year on the Reds. Looking to make a statement, Popp came out swinging. He would knock out six taters. Aussy would need six to stay alive, and seven to win it. Yet a clearly tired Auspelmyer would only manage to hit one out. Zach Popp wins the 2009 HR Derby by a landslide, 6-1.

Home Run Derby -- 5:30 PM, June 25th 2009 
Player Name
1st Round
2nd Round 
Final Round
Total 
Tierney
4
2
-
6
O'Neil
0
-
-
0
Popp
5
4
6
15
Weeks S
1
-
-
1
Auspelmyer
7
3
1
11
Resue
2
5
-
7
Horwedel C
1
-
-
1
Trigger
4
1
-
5
Horwedel J
0
-
-
0



The Braves pitching staff went to go a combined 6 shut out innings en route to a 11-4 All Star victory. Nick Giordano picked up win the, and Chris Hess earned the save.

2009 All Star Game
This game wasn't even supposed to be close. The Hess League had won 10 of the 14 games versus Lamb League opponents. The Hess had superior pitching and hitting. No one was wondering who was going to win, but only how much the Hess League would beat the Lamb League. Well, things would start out according to plan. Red Sox ace John Dyer had some minor control problems, as the HL took an early 2-1 lead. Due to a pitching injury, Tom Tierney was forced out of the game after just two innings of work. In came Brian Kelly, who would strike out the side.
   The Lamb League would take an early lead though in the bottom of the 4th. When righty Zach Popp entered the game for the Hess League. Popp was very rusty, as he walked in four runs before finally striking out the side. Those four runs would be huge, as the Lamb had a 5-2 lead. 
   Popp apparently found his grove the following two innings, and put up goose eggs. Josh Longo then came in for the Lamb League, and did his usual thing. Josh posted three scoreless innings. Thanks to his defense, he induced Chris Hess into a slick 1st to 2nd double play.


Indians captain Brian Kelly pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. The Hess All Stars would go on to beat the Lamb All Starts 6-5.

We now head to the top of the 8th. This would end up being the turning point of the game. In his second inning of work, Tadd O'Neil lost his control. He walked the bases loaded. With only one out, Blue Jay Joe Villalovos stepped up to the plate. Joe then slapped a grounder right to second base, but the ball rolled through Dan LaPlant's legs. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. As Chris Hess rounded third and started to come home the relay throw came in. Trigger just missed throwing out Hess, and the HL All Stars tie the game at 5. Villalovos advanced to third on the throw. The very next batter, Brian Kelly, knocked a groundball back to the pitchers mound, allowing Villalovos to score from third. Just like that, the Hess League has a 6-5 lead. With a one run lead, Hess was able to strike out the side in the bottom of the 9th. This was clearly the best All Star game this league has ever played. Congrats to both teams.

All Star Night @ Hess Field
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
R
H
Hess All Stars
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
4
0
6
5
Lamb All Stars
0
1
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
5
3
W -Hess
L- O'Neil

All Star MVP: Joe Villalovos


Hess All Stars 
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Horwedel C 3 0 0 0 1 3
Auspelmyer 3 2 0 0 2 3
Popp 2 1 1 0 2 1
Hess 1 1 0 0 3 0
Villalovos 3 1 1 3 1 2



Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Kelly B 3 0 0 2 0 1
Strang 4 1 1 0 0 3
Kelly A 4 0 0 0 0 1
Saccocio M 2 0 0 0 1 1
Horwedel J 2 0 2 0 0 2
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Tierney 2 0 0 1 2 2
Lamb All Stars
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Longo Z 4 0 1 0 0 4
Longo J 4 0 0 0 0 4
Resue 3 0 0 0 1 3
Hogan M 3 1 1 0 1 2
Trigger 2 2 0 0 2 2

Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
O'Neil 3 1 1 0 1 2
Weeks S 3 1 0 2 1 1
Husain 3 0 0 1 1 3
Curtin 1 0 0 1 3 1
Dyer 3 0 0 0 1 3

Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
LaPlant 2 0 0 1 1 2


Hess All Stars
Pitchers

IP

H R BB K HR
Tierney 2.0 2 1 3 5 0
Kelly B 1.0 0 0 0 3 0
Popp 3.0 0 4 10 9 0
Hess 3.0 1 0 0 9 0
Lamb All Stars
Pitchers IP H R BB K HR
Dyer 3.0 3 2 7 7 0
Longo J  3.0 1 0 2 4 0
O'Neil  3.0 1 4 6 9 0