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Ban Johnson Baseball elite: There’s no place like home

Put this one down as one of the most unusual of the 45 Ban Johnson League All-Star games that the Kansas City Royals have hosted.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie last Sunday morning at Kauffman Stadium before the Royals-Detroit game. The agreement with the Royals said the game was to go nine innings or 2 ½-hours depending on which came first.

This is the first time a Ban Johnson All-Star game has ended in a tie in nine innings. There was a tie in extra innings earlier in the series that ended because of the time limit, according to Ban Johnson League president Nancy Milgram.

Also, there were two factors that helped make the game unusual. One, the run in the second inning for the "J" All-Stars came on a two-out bases loaded walk, and two, the" "B All-Stars tied the game in the top of the ninth on a balk.

The players were just happy to have an opportunity to play in a Major League Baseball stadium, and for most of the players the Royals are their home town team.

"B" All-Star shortstop and Rockhurst High School graduate Logan Gray was drafted in the 25th round by the Royals.

Gary handled all of his chances in the field and was one-for-two at the plate. His hit came in the ninth inning when his team scored the tying run.

"It’s amazing, the atmosphere," said Gray, who plays for Building Champions. "It’s incredible to play in a big league park."

Gary turned down the chance to sign with the Royals and will attend and play for Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., in the coming school year.

"J" All-Star and KC SportsClub Blues second baseman C.J. Faddis didn’t have an outstanding game at the plate, but he played well defensively. He scooped up a throw on steal attempt in the fifth inning to record the out and start a double play in the seventh.

"It’s pretty neat getting to play in this big stadium," he said. "I want to thank the Ban Johnson League for giving me a chance to play here."

A graduate of DeSoto High School, Faddis played at Coffeyville Community College last spring and has been a two-year starter for the Blues.

In 2012, the Blues became the first first-year team to win the BJ League championship.

UMB Bank third baseman Kyle Clifton had the only extra base hit in the game. His drive into the gap in left center went for a double.

"J" All-Star and BJ Raider right-handed pitcher Milan Pleacher struck out the side in the eighth inning. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound pitcher for Park University struck out two swinging and one looking in his one-inning appearance.