On the eve of the 2011 All-Star Challenge, I thought it might be of some interest to “release” the previously unpublished report of the 2010 game. (It had been written for and submitted to the Canadian, but that’s another story.)
The tenth version of the All-Star Challenge between the stars of the Powerline and Battle River Leagues provided plenty of memorable moments. The battle, staged at Harry Andreassen Diamond in Camrose on June 29, even up-staged the weather, which kept trying to steal the show and which managed to drive away most of the fans.
Those hardy souls who hung in there witnessed one of the best games played in Camrose in quite some time, as the Powerliners scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to salvage a 2-2 tie in a game called after seven innings due to rain, mosquitoes and fatigue. Wind, rain, and a power outage had already caused two lengthy delays.
Solid pitching by starters Ty Herder of Rosalind and Scott Peterson of Leduc was backed up by outstanding defensive plays on both sides, as runners attempting to score were gunned down at the plate, and rallies were cut off by double plays.Herder threw five scoreless innings,allowing six hits and four walks, while Peterson gave up one run on only three hits over four innings.
Offensively only Kevin Doyle of Leduc and Alan Ziegler of Holden had multiple-hit games, Ziegler going three-for-four with a stolen base, and scoring the first Powerline run to start the sixth-innng rally