PERTH, Australia – The Australian Baseball League (ABL) had its first all-star game last week held at Barbagallo Ballpark, home of the Perth Heat.
The game pitted the Australian All-Stars against the World All-Stars with the World team coming out on top 8-5.
The World team was led by MVP Tyler Collins (2-for-5) who hit a 3-run home run and scored 2 runs in the game.
The World team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings but team Australia came back in the bottom of the 6th to make it a game with 3 runs of their own. Mathew Kennelly drove in 2 with a single to center to put team Australia on the board. A passed ball by World team catcher Ayatsugu Yamashita allowed the 3rd run to score making it 4-3.
However, the World team took control of the game in the top of the 7th as Tyler Collins came through with a 3-run home run to put the game out of reach.
Center fielder James McOwen went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double to set the table for the World team. Mychal Givens drove in a run going 2-for-5 and Brian Burgamy went 3-for-5 for the World team.
Justin Huber led the way for team Australia going 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Joshua Roberts chipped in with 2 hits of his own including a solo home run.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.