HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The East All-Stars took a close one 2-1 over the West All-Stars in the 2017 CPL All-Star Game in front of a sold-out crowd at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, N.C, home of the Holly Springs Salamanders.
Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) wasted little time getting the East All-Stars on the board as he launched a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the first to get the 2-0 lead over the West.
With 2,038 fans in attendance, the pitchers put on a show as the East in particular had a no-hitter going into the seventh before the combination of Zach Michalski (NC Central) and Matthew Bearid (Coastal Carolina) broke it up to get the West on the board. Beaird finished the game 2-for-2 with two doubles and one RBI for the West.
After the game the CPL Commissioner presented the Hitter and Pitcher of the Game awards at home plate. Taking Pitcher of the Game honors was the starter for the East, Griffin McLarty of the Fayetteville SwampDogs who took the win after pitching a perfect first inning while striking out two.
Meanwhile on the offensive side of things, Podkul took the trophy after finishing 1-for-2 with two RBIs, one run scored and a home run for the East.
Podkul took home a custom Tucci Lumber Home Run Derby Champion Bat, while McLarty was presented a crystal trophy.
The game was broadcast live in over 25 million homes as well as streamed on MLB.com.