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Connor Hofmann Named MVP of WCL All-Star Game
Release Date: 07/25/2012
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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Corvallis outfielder Connor Hofmann of Oregon banged out three hits and was named the All-Star Game MVP.

The Knights' stars came up big in the 2012 WCL All-Star Game at Borleske Stadium as Hofmann scored the tying run, collected three hits and was named MVP and Caleb Whalen of Portland drove in the game-winning run with a RBI double in the 7th-inning.

In addition, the Knights' three All-Star pitchers were impressive putting up zeroes for the West. Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon started the game and tossed a scoreless first. He was followed by teammate Rob Dittrick of Pacific who also delivered a shutout inning. And, the senior-to-be right-hander struck out two.

Southpaw Devon Barker of Centralia College entered with two outs in the seventh and pitched a full inning striking out two while allowing no hits and walking two.

No Knights' pitcher allowed a hit and Stanford frosh catcher-to-be Austin Barr of Corvallis caught the entire game.

The West, managed by Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight, edged the East 3-2 in the 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game before a near capacity crowd of 2,006 at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla, Washington.

The game featured outstanding pitching by both teams and a thrilling finish that saw the East nearly rally in the bottom of the ninth to tie or win the mid-summer classic.

Wenatchee skipper Ed Knaggs' East squad made things exciting with lead-off singles by Kelowna's Jace Conrad and the AppleSox Tyler Moore. But Kitsap closer Colin Feldtman of University of Portland went on to strikeout the side to record the high-pressure save.

With one out Conrad and Moore executed a double steal to put runners on second and third for Patrick Johnson of Kelowna. Feldtman went on to punch out Johnson and then Bellingham slugger Jarel Lewis to finish the game.

Feldtman tossed 1 1/3 innings and struck out four.

West pitchers registered 14 strikeouts in total. The East only collected hits off Oregon frosh-to-be Cole Irvin of Cowlitz and Feldtman.

Cowlitz southpaw Mikey Murray of Hawaii Pacific earned the win.

Hofmann earned All-Star Game MVP honors as the junior-to-be banged out three singles and scored the game's tying run.

His Corvallis teammate Caleb Whalen of Portland delivered the game-winning hit in the 7th with a RBI double.

The West recorded 10 hits and scored twice in the fifth-inning to tie the game. Cowlitz outfielder Austin Diemer of Cal State Fullerton tied the game with a RBI groundout.

The East scored first tallying two unearned runs in the 4th-inning. Bellingham's Nathan Causey of Arizona State plated the second run with a RBI single off Irvin.

The MLB Scouting Bureau named Cowlitz right-hander Taylor Williams of Mt. Hood CC and future UCLA Bruin Hunter Virant of Walla Walla as co-Top Prospects of the game as voted on by the 19 MLB scouts in attendance.

Before the game, Wenatchee's Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine and Klamath's Austin Byler of Nevada-Reno squared off in the finals of the WCL All-Star Game Home Run Derby. Sparks was victorious and hit a total of 11 homers in the derby. The opening round featured 7 blasts each by Sparks and Kelowna's Kyle Pearson of LSU-Shreveport and 6 by Byler and 5 by Walla Walla's Shane Zeile of UCLA.



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