Hagerstown Hosts 2014 Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic

Myworld spent my first time in Hagerstown.  The field is historic, but badly in need of restoration.  It is one of the three oldest minor league stadiums, but that may not be a good thing.  Willie Mays played his first professional game in Hagerstown with the Trenton Giants on June 24, 1950.  Two more Hall of Famers, Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson played for Hagerstown.  Hack has some huge shoulders and a wide face.  One look at his physique and the first thought would be what kind of steroids is he taking, except they did not have steroids in his era.

The first game was the Diamond All Star Game, won by the American League over the National League 11-6.  Myworld did not find any players in that game we got excited about.  A couple players seemed to be taking on the Dan Vogelbach physique for playing the game.  The MVP was given to Tim Kitchen

In the second game with the elite players, won by the American again 7-3, myworld was intrigued by Isaiah Pasteur.  He played two innings at short, one inning on the mound and two innings in right field.  He gunned a guy out at third in the first inning, showing off an impressive arm in right field, then led the game off with a single into right field.  He would not impress at short, though during infield practice he had smooth actions at the position.  During the game, he failed to field all three balls hit at him, being charged with one error.  In his one inning on the mound, he struck out two, but committed another error on a pick off attempt, overthrowing the first baseman.  He still did not allow a runner to score.  In his second at bat he lined a single up the middle to drive in one run.  Pasteur has committed to the University of Indiana.

Despite all that the MVP award for the game was given to Garrett Blank.  He stole three bases and scored twice, going one for one with a walk.

The best breaking pitch was thrown by Chris Schleuss, who threw the first shutout inning for the National League.  Later Heath Shultz, another lefthander with a decent breaking pitch would strike out the side and throw the second shutout inning for the National League.

Other notable events included Derek Nadeau fouling off at least six two strike pitches before delivering a single.  He chokes up a little with the bat, something unheard of in this day and age of grip it and rip it.  They have a limited number of balls to play with and they try to use the same ball for a couple innings.  Nadeau had them searching for extra balls with his bat fouling six or so out of play.

Jamal Wade seemed to have the best bat when he doubled into right center in his first at bat.  His next at bat he faced a pitcher with a decent curve ball and swung at and missed on three breaking pitches.

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