For the first time in its 50-year history, the South Bay Athletic Club Senior Baseball All-Star Game finished in a tie Tuesday, June 4 at Recreation Park.
Redondo’s Max Zamarripa notched the game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth inning off Torrance’s Neil Feist to erase the Blue All-Stars’ two-run deficit, and the Blue All-Stars got an unconventional double play in the bottom of the 10th inning to help forge the 4-4 tie.
“Knowing it was a tie for the first time in 50 years makes me feel a little better,” Feist said.
Feist helped the Red team take an early 1-0 lead against starter Jake Thau (Redondo). Ben Casillas (El Segundo) doubled with two outs before Feist’s single opened the scoring.
The Blue team bounced back with a quick run in the home half of the first. Redondo’s Christian Dicochea led off with a single, stole second, took third on Ben Davidson’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Davidson (Palos Verdes) helped the Blue team take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Jaja Bellinger (Carson) led off with a double before Davidson’s go-ahead single.
“I was just trying to grip the bat as hard as I could,” Davidson said. “(Tuesday) was about playing free, easy and loose. Definitely a change of pace.”
The Red squad answered in the fifth inning. South Torrance’s Carey Arbolida was hit by a pitch and stole second before scoring on Erik Anderson’s RBI single.
Two batters later, Anderson scored on a wild pitch to give the Red team a 3-2 lead before KJ McClain (Torrance) made it a two-run lead with his RBI single.
“I was just trying to throw as hard as I could and empty the tank,” Feist said. “It didn’t work in my favor.”
PV’s Aaron Davies, who scored the tying run for the Red team, struck out three batters in the second inning.
“I just wanted to have fun in my last high school game,” Davies said. “I wanted to give it my all, show my stuff and see who could hit it.”
South’s Ryan McLernon struck out four over two innings and allowed a hit and a walk. Torrance’s Alex Gallegos finished off the game with five strikeouts and one groundout in the ninth and 10th innings for the Red team.
Serra’s Kelvin Bender struck out two in the second inning, and Mira Costa’s Nick Carpino finished off the game for the Blue team, getting a double play before Torrance’s Joey Gould flied out to end the game.
“I knew it could be my last game ever, so I wanted to have a good time out there,” said Carpino, who played center field, shortstop and pitcher. “I had no expectations and I got bailed out by a heads-up play.”
Mary Star’s Andres Vega went 2 for 2 with a double for the Blue team, and the two squads combined for 17 hits.