The North held on in the top of the ninth to defeat the South in the first Great West League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Medford, Ore.
The Lodi Crushers played a big role in the game, including Nelson Muniz, who went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and represented the tying run when he was stranded on second base to end a ninth inning that saw a four-run South rally.
Muniz belted a long double in the ninth to score a run, and originally made it to third for a triple before umpired ruled the hit a ground-rule double. Steve Mercado of the Marysville Gold Sox got the rally going with a two-run double to score Austin Call (Marysville) and Lodi’s Casey Meyer.
Lodi’s Joe Montes then drove in T.J. Dove (Marysville) on a groundout before Muniz’s double.
Lodi’s Bo McClintock opened the scoring in the top of the first when he singled to drive in Chris Papapietro (Marysville). The South remained on top until a four-run fourth for the North.
On the mound, Lodi’s Alex Patterson started the game and pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one. Also playing for Lodi was Nate Verlin, who went 0-for-2.
Lodi (16-27) is back in action on Friday, hosting Sacramento (6-27).