SAN ANGELO, Texas – His teammate in Laredo had just gone deep off the clubhouse to give the United League a 4-2 lead, but Luany Sanchez was ready to one-up Dwayne White, just has he had done in their first at-bats. In the second inning, White doubled before Sanchez followed with a three-run homer to left-center, and this time, in the fourth inning, Sanchez launched the first pitch he saw from Bob Cramer over the left-field clubhouse to give the United League a 5-2 lead. The ULB All-Stars went on from there to win the first ever United League-Golden League All-Star Game, 8-5, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,421 at Foster Field.
Sanchez, of the Laredo Broncos, won MVP honors, with his two homers and four RBIs, and also picked off a batter to end a potential GBL rally in the second inning. White, also of
The Golden League got on the board first, scoring off starter Santo Hernandez of
In the bottom of the second, the host league took the lead for good. With one out, Andres Rodriguez, the Home Run Derby champion from San Angelo, singled, and then White doubled to right and Sanchez launched a homer to left off starter and losing pitcher Even Greusel of Calgary to make it 3-1.
After the GBL got one back in the third on an unearned run off Laredo’s Gregorio Martinez, the ULB added to their lead on the back-to-back homers from White and Sanchez in the fourth. The Golden League drew closer again in the seventh, but another double play induced by ULB pitcher Luke Massetti of
The United League responded with a run in the bottom half, as Ozuna was ruled to have scored ahead of a double play on the basepaths, as Bryan Sabatella of
The Aces’ Juan Carlos Ovalles finished things up, working around a leadoff walk in the ninth to pick up the save. On the final play, the third baseman Bravo knocked down a hard smash but recovered in time to throw out
After this year’s contest, the two leagues are scheduled to renew acquaintances in next year’s All-Star Game in