National wins CPL All-Star Game

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Behind a 17-hit outburst, the Coastal Plain League National All-Stars banged out 17 hits and scored all the runs it would need in the first three innings to secure a 9-4 win over the American All-Stars at the 2018 CPL All-Star Game inside Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Myles Christian’s solo home run sparked a four-run first inning for the National team, while five more runs crossed in the third. Connor Tate doubled home a run during the spree, while Patrick Causa’s two-run single made it 9-2. Jonathan Embry’s two-run homer briefly halved the margin for the American squad in the third before the National’s five-run third.

The American team pulled to within the final margin in the fifth on Cole Prestegard’s two-run single.

Three of the five Wilson Tobs selected to the American team, comprised of players from the CPL’s North and East Divisions, saw playing time. Outfielder Brenton Doyle dumped a single into right field in the fourth, while shortstop Kevin McGowan was 0 for 1. McGowan did draw a walk in the fourth and was moved to third on Doyle’s single before being stranded.

Wilson’s Tyler Grauer entered in the bottom of the eighth for the American team and faced the minimum. After a leadoff walk, Grauer got Myles Christian to bounce into a fielder’s choice, and designated hitter Sean Phelan was erased on a double play.

Connor Tate, Zach McLean, Riley King, Derek Perry and Christian each had two hits for the National team. Tate doubled and drove in two runs. 

Centerfielder Danton Hyman was 3 for 4 to pace the American squad and was the only player on the roster with more than one hit. Hyman scored three runs.