Freedom Division Comes Out on Top in 2012 Atlantic League All-Star Game
POSTED: 7/13/2012 by Jake Levy
The Freedom Division scored six runs in the top of the ninth to swipe the 15th annual Atlantic League All-Star Game, 9-5, over the Liberty Division Wednesday night at Campbell’s Field in front of 7,619 fans.
Lancaster’s Adam Godwin led off the game with a walk for the Freedom. After stealing second, Barnstormer Blake Gailen, drove him in with a single off Liberty starter, Bridgeport Bluefish Paul Oseguera.
The Liberty Division responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. They batted around on Freedom starter, Lancaster’s John Halama. Long Island Duck Ray Navarrete hit a two-run home run and Bluefish Luis Lopez and Prentice Redman each had RBI hits in the inning.
The Freedom put up two in the fourth when Somerset’s Jeff Nettles led off the inning with a solo home run and Sugar Land’s Octavio Martinez singled to make it a one-run game.
In the ninth, Liberty manager Kevin Baez called on the home town Camden Rivershark Zach Hammes to close things out. The Freedom rattled off five straight hits, scoring five runs without getting an out. They added another on a double play to put the game out of reach.
The Lancaster Barnstormers all-time saves leader, Tim Hamulack, closed for the Freedom. After giving up a leadoff single to Rivershark Chris Walker, a double play erased any possible threat and the end looked eminent.
Another Rivershark, Jake Eigsti, reached on an error and scored off of a double by Long Island Duck Kraig Binick. Long Island’s Shawn Williams struck out swinging to end the game.
Fehlandt Lentini of the Lancaster Barnstormers was named the MVP of the game. He went to 2-for-3 and scored the game winning run.
Wednesday marked the fifth All-Star Game since the divisions were renamed, and the Liberty and Freedom had been tied at two-and-two. With the win Wednesday, the Freedom Division now has the series edge.
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