Baseball: Team City pulls away late to win inaugural City All-Star Game
This article and photos are published as a part of a partnership with SanFranPreps.com and The San Francisco Examiner.
By Zack Farmer
After trailing late in the inaugural SanFranPreps.com 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.”
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 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.