Blue, Military Green teams win Deppe Classic games
There are not many occasions in sports when both teams win. According to the scoreboard Saturday at the Deppe All Star Game, the Blue team topped the Red team, 13-5 in the first of two contests for this year's high school senior all starts.
But none of the players left the field feeling like they lost the game.
"I think we all came out here just to have a good time," said Northern Lehigh's Eric Snyder. "We all played positions we never played before. Trying to win is always a goal, but having fun is the main priority in this game. Today was a good day. Despite the score we all had a lot of fun."
The Blue team, comprised of players from Bangor, Notre Dame (Green Pond), Palisdaes, Pen Argyl and Southern Lehigh, used a five-run second inning to build its lead and blew the game open by putting up another five runs in the sixth.
The Red team (Wilson, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Palmerton) took a laid back approach to the game, changing pitchers each inning and allowing players to play out of their normal defensive positions.
"I got to play first base for the first time in my life," said Catty's Joe Taves. "It was fun."
The Blue team got one run in the first and five more in the second while pitcher Ryan DeJesso (Pen Argyl) threw two shut out innings to open the game.
The Red team got a run in the third when Jake Kern (Northern Lehigh) led off with a single and scored when a Christian Marcin (Palmerton) fly ball was misplayed in right field.
The Blue team added a run in the bottom of the third to go ahead 7-1, but the Red got two runs back in the top of the fourth.
Matt Gill (Northern Lehigh) singled to lead off the Red fourth. Caden Kish (Wilson) followed with a walk and Nils Larson (Wilson) singled to score Gill. Jonathan Blake (Wilson) hit into a double play, but Kish was able to score on the play to make it 7-3.
Sawyer Smith (Northwestern) pitched a scoreless fourth inning, but the Blue team scored five in the fifth to take a 12-3 lead.
The Red cut into the lead in the sixth. Smith started the inning with a one-out single with an error, putting him on second base. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Marcin, who drew a one-out walk behind Smith, advanced to second one of the wild pitches, got to third when Gill reached base on an error and scored on Kish's two-out single as the Red cut the lead to 12-5.
Blue's Westyn Baylor (Bangor) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win.
Baylor went 3 for 3 in the game with three RBI. He said it was nice to win, but it was even better to get to know some players from opposing teams.
"It's pretty cool," he said. "You don't know what other people are like on other teams. When you're against them they're your enemy. When you play together, you're all friends, you're all nice to each other. It's a good experience."
Other local players that participated in the game were Dylan Bolton (Northern Lehigh), Tim Schaeffer (Northwestern) and Andrew Rivera (Northwestern).
Taves won the home run derby, which was held between games and included 21 players.
In the nightcap, Lehighton's Tyler Harris was the lone local player as he played for the Brown team.
After jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead and a 7-2 lead after the top of the fourth inning, it looked as if the Brown Team would cruise to a victory.
Instead, the Green Team never lost hope and used runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, including five runs in the bottom of the fourth to earn an 11-7 win.