Baseball: Team City pulls away late to win inaugural City All-Star Game

Team SF catcher John Schember (left, University) tags out Team CIty's Kyle Tillinghast (St. Ignatius) at the plate in the City All-Star Game on Sunday at the University of San Francisco. (Photo by Godofredo Vasquez, Special to The S.F. Examiner)

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By Zack Farmer

After trailing late in the inaugural City All-Star Game, Team City scored 14 runs in the final three innings, including a seven-run sixth, to beat Team SF 15-3 at the University of San Francisco’s Benedetti Diamond on Sunday.

“It’s definitely fun to watch,” Team City and Burton head coach Mike Abbott said. “These kids are all really talented. I was really, really impressed.”

Team SF's Chris Miguel (Sacred Heart Cathedral) sets to send a pitch to the plate in the City All-Star Game on Sunday at the University of San Francisco. (Photo by Godofredo Vasquez, Special to The S.F. Examiner)

A single and two walks loaded the bases in the fifth inning with no outs for Team City, which trailed Team SF 3-1.

Team City’s Charlie Goldensohn (St. Ignatius) got a walking start into his lead at third and took off for home and scored easily to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Goldensohn’s St. Ignatius teammate Nick Johnson took care of the rest. Johnson ripped a ball down the left-field line that tipped off the left fielder’s glove and rolled to the warning track, scoring two and putting Johnson on third.

When it was all through, Team City scored four times in the fifth to go up 5-3 and never looked back.

Two crucial shutdown innings from Anthony Auerbach (Leadership) kept Team SF out of the scoring column, which allowed Team City to extend its lead in the sixth.

Team City scored seven times on six hits in the sixth inning, putting the game out of reach at 12-3.

Starting pitcher Nick Tam of Lowell was named the Team City MVP after throwing two innings with three strikeouts. He also went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base.

“Our pitchers stayed in the zone,” Abbott said. “They didn’t walk anybody. Nick was really impressive right off the bat.”

Team City pitcher Nick Tam (Lowell) sends a pitch toward the plate in the City All-Star Game on Sunday at the University of San Francisco. (Photo by Godofredo Vasquez, Special to The S.F. Examiner)

Team SF took the early lead in the game in the third inning when Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Tevin Goodwin ripped a double down the left-field line, which scored two and gave Team SF a 2-1 lead.

Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Chris Miguel was named Team SF MVP after going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI and pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings before leaving the mound with a shoulder injury.

McDow and Miguel split Home Run Derby honors

While generally there are no ties in baseball, there was a tie in the inaugural City Home Run Derby.

Miguel and St. Ignatius’ Travis McDow slugged to a stalemate, each hitting two home runs in the final round to share the crown.

Miguel had the most in the first round with three.

The most impressive home run of the day was McDow’s second home run of the first round that nearly eclipsed the 50-foot-high net in left field.

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  1. WCAL Alum says:

    Thank you to San Fran Preps, U.S.F., TI X-Level Sports, NCUA Association, and all others who played a part in a very good and well-attended event. I witinessed a lot of current and past prep greats in the audience (hate to say old-timers).

    Again, thank you to Jeremy Balen’s and his staff for initiating something that should remain part of the fabric of San Francisco prep sports for years to come.

  2. Shawn says:

    Already looking fwd to next yea’s event – well done!!

  3. afan says:

    Thanks jbalan for organizing the event and letting these Public/Catholic/Jewish/Independent school seniors play together for the last time. I’m sure many of them haven’t played on the same team since they were 12 years old on Little League or Rec and Park teams. It is a good showcase for letting us see how far they have all progressed.
    Thanks to SFPreps for keeping us informed and entertained.

  4. sanfransoxfan says:

    Second all previous comments. It was a blast and Benedetti is such an extraordinary city setting for a game like this. Special thanks to USF (and of course)! Let’s all make sure to get those donations in.

    And a last requrest – can we have a box score please?

  5. Irish Till I Die says:

    Football all-star game next year?

    • jbalan says:

      As much as I’d like to see it, it’s just not a possibility. The main reason is the risk of injury. We can’t take on that liability and if you’ve ever watched the Pro Bowl, watching players participate at half speed is not all that entertaining.

      There’s also only 12 football teams in San Francisco. Fielding two full football teams (because we can only invite seniors) would be tough.

      There’s also a ton of preparation needed for a football game. We’d have to organize a full week (or more) of practice, for the coaches and players to get on the same page with plays, signals, etc. In baseball and basketball, you can essentially just “roll the ball out there” and let the guys play.

      The most likely all-star game in the fall would be girls volleyball.

    • IC Stars says:

      In 1917, Sacred Heart beat an All-City team 13-6.

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