The National League team would not let an 11-run deficit going into the fifth inning keep them down, as they rallied to defeat the American League 22-20 in the 50th Annual Bronco League All-Star game Tuesday in Bane Park.
The game, usually highlighted with dominant pitching, quickly escalated into a showcase of offensive firepowe. That forced the game to end after seven innings instead of the customary eight because of daylight concerns.
Chayse Nash of the American League ripped a single Tuesday in the 50th annual Bronco League All-Star game at Bane Park in Brainerd.
At the end of the fourth inning, the American League had amassed a comfortable 14-3 lead, but their defense was unable to hold on to it.
Jack Luke of the Reds started the comeback with a leadoff single off of American League pitcher Chayse Nash. Jack Foran doubled and Jennie Smolke walked to load the bases.
Three consecutive walks were issued to National League batters before Dillon Houde and Jacob Mettler each had RBI singles.
With two outs, Jordan Hayes of the Mets cleared the bases with a triple that scored runners from first and second. Hayes would come home and score on a past ball with Kevin Marana at the plate.
The National League would plate one more run to bring their inning total to 11 and tie the game at 14-14 when its offensive torrent was complete.
Taylor Babineau was able to slow down the American League offense in the fourth and fifth innings with a steady pitching performance, striking out six batters and allowing only two runs.
The American League was able to recover two runs off of Babineau in the bottom of the fifth inning to gain a 16-14 edge with a RBI double from Daniel Rhoda.
The National League scored three runs in the top of the sixth with the help of a Babineau RBI double to once again go up on the American League 17-16.
In the sixth inning, Travis Luedtke of the Brewers and his American League teammates showed the National League they had a little power in their arsenal as well.
With one run already scored in the inning and a runner on first, Luedtke crushed a home-run over the left-field fence to put the American League ahead 19-17.
Luedtke was 3-for-4 in the game with two singles, a two-run home-run, a stolen base and three runs scored.
With the conclusion of the sixth, the decision came down that the game would end after seven innings because of darkness.
All that American League team and pitcher Jack Hegarty had to do was protect their two-run lead and they would emerge victorious.
National League MVP Adam Tautges led off the inning with single and scored on a Andrew LaDouceur single to right.
Kevin Marana knocked in LaDouceur and Hayes, who drew a walk, to give the National League team a three-run lead.
Two more runs scored on Hegarty to give the National League a 22-19 lead before he struck out Smolke to end the half-inning.
Marana came in for the save opportunity and converted in the bottom of the seventh, facing four batters and securing a 22-20 win for the National League. His only run allowed in the inning was to lead-off hitter Chayse Nash.
Tautges of the Cubs personified the teamwork used by the National League to come together and rally twice in the ballgame to usurp the American League team.
"I was really shocked when I got the [National League] MVP, because I didn't do any of the work, it was the team," said Tautges. "The team pulled together and we had our amazing comeback."
Tautges was 2-for-2 in the game with two singles, a stolen base, and two runs scored. He struck out five batters as the National League starting pitcher.
Nick Mogensen of the Tigers won the AL MVP, going 3-4 with two singles and a RBI double.
National League -- 22 17 3
American League -- 20 16 4
WP-- Dillon Houde LP--J ack Hegarty S-- Kevin Marana 2B-- NL-Jack Foran, Taylor Babineau; AL-Jack Hegarty, Nick Mogensen, Daniel Rhoda. 3B -- NL-Jordan Hayes. HR -- AL-Travis Luedtke.
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