Joey Linn - LA MIRADA, Calif.
The Sunset Baseball League All Star Game was held on Sunday at Biola University. The game featured 7 players from the Shepherds, as they went to battle for the victorious South squad. The game began, as so many Shepherds games do, with a double from Sebastian Dunn. He came around to score the first tally of the game, and the South would never look back. Sebastian continued his good ballgame with a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to ultimately finish the day 1-1 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Fellow all star teammate and best friend of Dunn’s, Chad Ragland also made contributions with a sac fly and stellar defense in right field. The Florida boys exited the All-Star game combining for a good portion of the offense, as they so often do.
Another staple for the Shepherds that had a great ASG, was utility man Colton Back. Colton did not start the game, but came off the bench and casually went 3-3 with an RBI. His red hot regular season carried over into the ASG, and will hopefully extend into the playoffs as well. Catcher, Brett Cobb took over the catching duties for the 2nd half of the game, and did an excellent job handling the South pitching staff that he was unfamiliar with.
The most notable All-Star moment for a Shepherds’ player, came from none other than Austin Caulk. Austin, coming off of a HR derby appearance, got the start at DH for the South. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and on the first pitch he saw, sent a moonshot out to left field for a grand slam. The energy in the stadium was electric, as the home town favorite launched a massive grand slam which began to spiral the score out of reach.
It was an awesome game for the Shepherds, filled with many memorable moments. They will now lock in to prepare for their first playoff matchup at 1:00 on Tuesday.