07/09/2014 11:06 PM -
Whiting, Ind. – July 9, 2014 – The annual MCL All-Star game was back at Oil City Stadium Wednesday night as the South squad defeated the North by a score of 10-3.
Jimmy McNamara, starting pitcher for the Oilmen started in the All-Star game for the second straight year for the South All-Stars. McNamara is 3-1 on the season with a 3.21 ERA. McNamara pitched one inning in the All-Star Game, retiring the first two batters, gave up a walk and then was able to retire John Brodner.
“It is really nice, and a great honor, getting to face the best hitters in the league,” McNamara said.
Jason Gasser started in left field for his first All-Star game in the MCL. Gasser, who is hitting .324 on the season with 11 RBIs for the Oilmen, batted leadoff for the first time all season for the South. In the second inning, Gasser was able to drive in the South’s fourth run of the game on a single. Gasser made a nice throw from left field to avoid the runner from third trying to come home by the North All Stars.
“It is a great experience to able to be on the field with these guys,” Gasser said. “It was pretty cool for my first season in this league.”
The other Oilmen All-Star starters were Nate Schneider at third base and Craig Dedelow started in right field. Ryan Burvan came into the game for the South in the fourth inning to represent the Oilmen and played shortstop.
Oilmen manager Justin Huisman was a coach for the South team under manager Chris Cunningham, who coaches the Southland Vikings.
Cameron Linck, another Oilmen starter who is 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA this season, came in to pitch the fourth inning and threw one walk but did not allow a run to score.
Keith Mahler came in for relief in the sixth inning for the South and pitched a scoreless sixth inning after getting out of a jam as the North had two runners on base with only one out.
Matt Pobereyko did what he usually does for the Oilmen, coming in for the ninth inning to get the last three outs of the game.
The Oilmen hitters went for a combined 3-for-8 with 3 RBI. The Oilmen pitchers went four innings in the game and did not allow a run.
“The players represented the Oilmen really well,” Huisman said. “The hitters had great at bats, pitchers pitched well."