VICTORIA, British Columia — According to Wenatchee AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs, the city of Victoria didn’t miss a thing when it comes to putting on a great show.
The South Division team — which Knaggs was coaching — won the game, 7-5.
“For our league, it was a major showcase event in my opinion,” Knaggs said. “This franchise went above and beyond with the show they put on I thought.”
The game broke the league record for most people attending an all-star game with 4,210 people coming, including “20-plus scouts,” according to Knaggs. Also, Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick addressed the all stars before the game.
“The bells and whistles of the game were awesome,” Knaggs said. “When the game was over, they put on one of the most amazing fireworks shows I’ve ever seen: It went on forever and it was crazy good. They didn’t miss anything. Great crowd, it was a great event. I’m not sure how we’ll ever match that again.”
The Wenatchee players struggled a bit during the game. First baseman Connor Spencer went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, and Trevor Lubking surrendered two runs in his inning.
“Lubking, he got himself into a little bit of a fix, but the Kelowna catcher botched some, I thought he was responsible for about three runs in that game,” the Sox skipper said.
The lone bright spot for the AppleSox was Brett Stephens, who ripped a double in the bottom of the ninth to bring the North within two. Stephens represented the tying-run, but was stranded on second.
Andre Real made it to the semifinals of the Home Run Derby by belting five out of the park in the opening round. He only hit one in the next round, though, and was eliminated.
If all goes to plan, the Sox will have caught the 5 a.m. ferry this morning to make it home in time for their game against the Bellingham Bells tonight. Stuart Patke will be on the mound.
“Every game we have left is big,” Knaggs said about the home-stretch of the season facing his team. “We have our work cut out for us, it’s going to be a battle.”