Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech), after his 3 hit performance in Harwich at the CCBL All-Star game, was the 3rd Wareham Gatemen in as many years to be named the game’s West Team MVP. The game itself was dominated by the pitchers and ended as a 1-1 tie when the East team tied the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Palka’s 3 hits included 2 singles and a double and he stood out as the top offensive performer in a game that was dominated by the league’s pitching talent. Palka almost scored what would have turned out to bea decisive run for the West but was gunned down on a very close call at the plate after a hard grounder to second base. Palka played the entire game for the West in a game that hightlighted many of the Gatemen stars.
Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) batted ninth and started at second base and in four at bats, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech), who earlier in the day hit 5 homers in the annual homerun derby to fall 2 shy of eventual winner Jocoby Jones (LSU) from Harwich, started in left field and was 0 for 2.
Konner Wade (Arizona) pitched a scoreless second inning for the West and Colby Suggs (Arkansas) impressed the scouts with a dominating eighth inning. Ty Ross (LSU) entered the game at catcher and collected a hit in two at bats and showed off his arm in gunning down an East runner on an attempted steal at second base in the sixth inning.
Nick Rumbelow (LSU) also impressed with scoreless inning of his own in the seventh.
Palka joins recent Gatemen Zach Wilson (Arizona State) and Konner Wade (Arizona) who were named MVP’s of the All-Star games in 2010 and 2011 respectively.