The old cliché in sports is that a tie is like kissing your sister. But the Ban Johnson League All-Stars were happy after a 1-1 tie Sunday morning at Kauffman Stadium before the Tigers-Royals game.
Players were just glad to have the opportunity to play on a major-league field in the 45th annual Ban Johnson League All-Star Game.
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The agreement with the Royals was that the game would go nine innings or 21/2 hours. It was a quick game, with nine innings completed in just over two hours.
The 15-team league was split into the B All-Stars and the J All-Stars, and the J All-Stars scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning.
Regal Plastics designated hitter Jared Patton lofted a pop fly to right that fell in for a hit. Regal Plastics catcher Nate Goff grounded a one-out single to left, with Patton advancing to second. After the second out, NKC Apartments outfielder Zach Roberts was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. BJ Raiders outfielder Matt Olsen then drew a bases-loaded walk.
The B All-Stars finally broke through in the ninth.
With one out, MBSL Royals outfielder Tyler Bodenstab grounded a single to center. Building Champions’ shortstop Logan Gray lined a single to center, advancing Bodenstab to second. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Bodenstab scored when UMB Bank pitcher David Herron was called for a balk.
Patton was two for two in the game and was picked by league officials as the MVP.
“It’s an honor to be named the MVP,” Patton said. “It’s just now sinking in.”
Kansas City A’s right-hander Steven Johnson, who is from Chico, Calif., was the starting pitcher for the B All-Stars.
“This is what everyone wants to do (play in a major-league ballpark),” Johnson said. “This means a lot to play here.”