For the Frontier League, Wednesday night’s All-Star Game win over the Can-Am League was a best-case scenario.
Not only did it blank the Can-Am 7-0 at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, N.Y., it did so in a way that no one could find fault. Florence manager Dennis Pelfrey got all 25 players on his roster into the game and nearly every one of them made a positive contribution.
That includes a trio of Miners who made the trip east to play in the leagues’ first combined All-Star affair. It was supposed to be a foursome, but shortstop Bryant Flete departed last week when the Cincinnati Reds signed him.
Catcher Andy Cosgrove drew the start and went 1 for 2 with a walk, even mixing in steals of second and third in the fourth. That’s two more steals than he’s even tried in 33 games with Southern Illinois. He also scored a run in the sixth.
Pitcher Chase Cunningham worked the seventh inning, allowing a leadoff single but inducing a 4-6-3 double play ball two batters later to end the frame. He was the seventh of 10 pitchers to team on a six-hitter.
Infielder Gianfranco Wawoe entered at second base in the bottom of the fifth and went 0 for 2, but handled four chances in the field without an error. Wawoe started the twin-killing behind Cunningham in the seventh and also initiated a second double play in the eighth.
“Everybody got in, everybody got to showcase what they can do a little bit and everybody played well,” Pelfrey said in a press release on the Frontier League website. “I wanted them to be themselves and just showcase what they can do and not try to be something they’re not. I think every player should play that way.”
It’s not known if the leagues will join forces for another All-Star event next year.