MIDLAND, Mich. – Wisconsin’s Monte Harrison clubbed two homers, the second a solo shot in the ninth inning, to leas the Midwest League Western All-Stars to a 3-2 win Tuesday night against the Eastern All-Stars.
Harrison’s homer in the ninth gave the West a 3-1 lead, which held up after Great Lakes’ Brendon Davis hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap to one run. Harrison also hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Lewis Diaz of Cedar Rapids also homered in the fourth inning for the West.
The East got on the board in the first inning when Lansing’s Vladimir Guerrero grounded out, bringing home teammate Bo Bichette with the game’s first run. Bichette was 1-3 in the contest.
Locally, Fort Wayne’s Jorge Ona was 1-2 with a single and Fernando Tatis Jr. was 0-1 with a strikeout. South Bend’s Yeiler Peguero was 0-2.
All of the local pitching was flawless, Cubs ace Dylan Cease pitching one inning, striking out two. South Bend’s Duncan Robinson worked two outs and Fort Wayne’s Logan Allen struck out his only batter.
Fort Wayne visits Bowling Green Thursday to start a four-game set which begins the second half of the season, then returns home to host South Bend starting Monday night, which is also a four-game series. South Bend returns to play Thursday for a series at Great Lakes before the Fort Wayne trip.