STRUTHERS, OH- The second annual YSN All-Star game was held at Bob Cene Park on Saturday night. Louisville head coach Brian Warner represented one side, while Canfield skipper Gary Knittle led the other squad. The best high school baseball players around the area gathered on one field to have some fun in a full 9 inning ballgame. Team Warner took a controlling lead early, and it was enough to take down Team Knittle by a score of 8-4.
Crestview Rebel, Carter Blakeman got the ball rolling in the top of the first with a double into left field, followed by a run scored on a 2 base wild pitch to take the first lead. Team Warner loaded up the bases in the second inning, and scored 3 runs on RBI singles by Cardinal Mooney Cardinal Zach Hryb, and JFK Eagle Gavin Shrum. The pride of Salem, and 1st Team All-Conference selection Darius Beck scored 1 more run in the top of the third to make it 5-0. Team Warner kept the foot on the pedal in the fourth scoring 2 more runs on a Luca Ricchiuti 4 bagger, followed by another Shrum RBI to make it 7-0.
During the middle half of the seventh inning, there was a very special recognition to a stand out member of the YSN family. JFK Eagle, Michael Mauro will be joining the United States Military Academy, West Point. Mauro has been a member of some of the best JFK baseball and football teams to ever come through the Valley. Mauro took a joyous jog around the bases to recognize his ultimate sacrifice to defend the the freedom’s of the United States. Here is the magic moment from Bob Cene Park:
Team Warner led 8-0 heading into the ninth inning, and held on to a late rally by Team Knittle to win the second YSN All-Star Game 8-4. Anthony Warner was the winning pitcher tossing 3 scoreless innings to take home the win.
Austintown Fitch Falcon, Joe Roth got the opportunity to play all 9 positions during the YSN All-Star Game. Roth played his final game in a Falcons jersey last night. Here is what the future Akron baseball player had to say:
Crestview Rebel, Carter Blakeman is the 2022 YSN All-Star Game MVP. Blakeman had a double and a run scored at the plate, while tossing 2 scoreless innings on the mound and striking out 4 batters. Congratulations to Blakeman on the award, and goodluck at Cuyahoga Community College next season!
The second YSN softball All-Star Game will be held at Youngstown State University tomorrow night at 7 P.M. You can purchase tickets at the gate. All earnings will benefit Project MKC.