North wallops South in MINK League All-Star Game, 12-3
JOPLIN, Mo. — It was a tough day at the office for several Nevada Griffons’ players who took part in Wednesday’s MINK League All-Game at Joplin’s Joe Becker Stadium, with the South falling to the North, 12-3.
With temperatures hovering near triple-digits, Nevada’s quartet of position players — shortstop Josh Bristyan, third baseman Connor Gage, and outfielders Domonique Hernandez and Zion Mayberry, were held to a combined 0-for-9 at the dish.
Nevada’s pitching selections also didn’t fare well, as the North pounded out 17 hits in the contest. Nick Iossi, who has spent time as a starter and reliever for Nevada this season, entered in the seventh, and was followed by Griffons’ pitchers David Ruot and Peyton Warren.
Iossi and Ruot were roughed up in the seventh and eighth innings respectively, combining to allow three runs on five hits. In addition to Nevada’s six selections, Griffons head coach Ryan Mansfield spent time in the third base coaching box.
The North All-Stars jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the second, as Sedalia’s Ashanti Wheatley punctuated the frame with a run-scoring single to center field.
Sedalia Bombers slugger Gavin Jones pushed the North advantage to 3-0 with an RBI double to right, scoring Bombers teammate Chris Lewis.
The South trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the home-half of the third, courtesy of Ryan Cedeno’s single to left-center.
The North, however, broke the contest open with a three-run fourth, highlighted by Sean Bergeron’s (Clarinda) two-out, two-run, bases loaded two-bagger. The North then tacked on three in the sixth and two in the eighth.
In the eighth Clarinda’s Reid Bonner and Chillicothe’s Andrew Williams collected RBI doubles, swelling the North advantage to 12-1.
The marquee event was dominated by the Bombers, as Sedalia’s Ryan Flores was named Most Valuable Player, finishing 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Adding to Sedalia’s haul of hardware, Jones won the Home Run Derby, mashing 25 round-trippers.
Sedalia’s Adam Link was credited with the pitching victory, tossing a clean second inning. Jefferson City’s Christian Watson, who also worked the second, was tagged with the loss.
Currently residing in first place in the South division by a half-game over Jefferson City, the Griffons open their second-half slate tonight as they welcome in the Chillicothe Mudcats for a three-game home-set.
First pitch for all three contests is slated for 7 p.m. from Lyons Stadium.
After completing the series with Chillicothe, the Griffons head back to Joe Becker Stadium on Monday, as Nevada opens a home-road set with the Joplin Outlaws. The South division foes then square off Tuesday night at Lyons Stadium.
Note: This story is updated from the print edition. Correction: Iossi and Ruot allowed the runs in the seventh an eighth innings, and not Warren.