NILES, Ohio — The New York- Penn League’s National League affiliates showed they have the top offensive players — and pitchers — Tuesday night.
At the annual all-star game at Mahoning Valley’s Eastwood Field, the National League team — which included a trio of State College Spikes — pounded out 11 hits to errupt for an 8-1 win over the American League.
The Spikes all-stars didn’t get in on the hitting action but did contribute to the scoring. Jacob Stallings and Tyler Gaffney each walked and came around to score during a four-run ninth inning that locked up the victory.
Gaffney brought another of his talents to the game — the NYPL’s leader in being hit by pitches with 17 was struck by a delivery in the seventh inning.
D.J. Crumlich was the other State College all-star, finishing 0-for-2.
Williamsport’s shortstop Roman Quinn swung the big bat, going 2-for-2 with an inside-the-park solo home run and a pair of RBIs, while Auburn’s left fielder Estarlin Martinez clocked a pair of doubles and scored twice.
The NL squad used 10 pitchers to shut down the AL, combining for 10 strikeouts while allowing six hits and one walk. Brooklyn’s John Mincone, the third pitcher of the night who struck out both batters he faced in the second inning, was credited with the win.
The shutout was spoiled Connecticut’s Tyler Hanover’s ninth-inning solo home run.
Hudson Valley’s Jeff Ames was tagged with the loss.
Notes: Wade Boggs (Elmira), Nellie Fox (Jamestown), Phil Niekro (Wellsville), Tony Perez (Geneva), Jim Rice (Williamsport), Warren Spahn (Bradford) and Robin Yount (Newark) were inducted into the New York-Penn League’s first Hall of Fame class before the game. The six players are NY-PL alums who were enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The NY-PL is implementing its Hall of Fame in phases. League personnel and officials will be honored next year. The third phase begins in 2014 and will honor individuals nominated and voted on by the league’s 14 teams. ... The Spikes return to action tonight with a home game for the first time in nine days. They host a two-game series against the Jamestown Jammers beginning at 7:05 p.m. today. ... The all-star game drew 5,897 fans who sat through a one-hour rain delay before the game could begin.