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Thursday 19th Oct 2017

The Rising Stars West team, largely augmented by the homefield Surprise Saguaros Wil Myers, Christian Colon, Mike Olt, Kevin Mattison, Joe Terdoslavich, and Christian Bethancourt, pummelled the West team Saturday night by a score of 11-2.

The Westerners, who pounded 16 hits for the evening, made their presence known immediately as Mattison led off with a double and was quickly brought home by shortstop Nick Franklin who clobbered a homer, then a pair of doubles and a single before finally being retired in the eighth by a fly ball.

Before the first frame was over Will Myers singled, Michael Choice walked, and Terdoslavich belted a second homer pushing his team in front 5-0, and they never looked back.

Despite boasting uber-prospects like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Derek Norris, and Nolan Arenado, the East managed only four hits, and #1 2011 Pittsburgh selection Gerrit Cole lasted just two-thirds of an inning before his night was finished.

Conversely West starter Danny Hultzen logged the first strong pitching performance I saw all week with a pair of shutout innings during which he whiffed three, and allowed just a walk in earning the win.

Terdoslavich, like Franklin, also had a big night hitting a double and single before walking in the sixth to close out his offensive contributions for the evening, and Myers similarly collected three hits in a game that was clearly never in question.

In all the evening represented pretty much the season, with hits doing the talking while pitchers did the walking.

As the East team probably lamented in the post-game clubhouse, "there is always next year."

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