2009 CBL Home Run Derby and All-Star Game
Above is a photo provided by Alexandria Aces’ owner Eric Moran. It shows players and coaches from the East team for the 2009 CBL All-Star Game. Represented are the Alexandria Aces, Coastal Kingfish and the South Louisiana Pipeliners.
Here is a link to an article discussing players who were scheduled to play in the 2009 CBL Home Run Derby and All-Star Game on July 7, 2009 in Alexandria, Louisiana:
2009 column (in PDF format) from Bob Wirz’s Indy Baseball Chatter about scouts wanting to see Jake Leonhardt (Alexandria) and Daryl Stanfield (Texarkana):
Here is the recap of the 2009 game from the old Alexandria Aces’ website (archive.org snapshot):
PITCHING DOMINATES ALL-STAR GAME
July 7, 2009 – Alexandria, La. – Pitching, especially from the Louisiana side, dominated Tuesday’s Continental League All-Star Game at Bringhurst Field. However, Texas won the match-up with timely hitting 3-2.
South Louisiana outfielder Kyle LaMotta was named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, going 2-5 with a home run.
The Texas All-Stars struck out 14 times in the game but pushed enough runs across the plate for the win.
In the first, Texas got out on top when Eric Brown (BAY) was hit by a pitch with one out. After Brown stole second he scored on a double by Joe Hicks (BAY).
Louisiana tied it up 1-1 in the second. Nick Enciso (ALX) singled to short and moved to third on a double by Brad Turney (ALX) down the left-field line. Texas starter Jake Leonhardt (BAY) threw a pitch that went back to the backstop that Enciso tried to score on. The Texas catcher Josh McLeod (BAY) flipped the ball to Leonhardt covering the plate to tag out Enciso. Turney went to third on the ply and scored two batters later on Louis Curcio’s (SLA) double to left to tie the game 1-1.
Texas pulled ahead again in the seventh off Aces reliever Will Krout. Justin Armiger (TEX) doubled to left-center, with two outs, and scored on Phil St. Amant’s (TEX) single to center, giving Texas a one-run lead.
Texas added an insurance run in the eighth. Beau Manning (BGB) walked to lead off the inning. After back-to-back groundouts to short moved Manning to second and then third, Manning scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-1.
Louisiana pulled within one run when LaMotta hit a solo homer to left in the bottom of the eighth.
Curt Dixon (BGB) got the win with a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two.
Judson Smith (TEX) pitched a scoreless ninth to hold on to the one-run lead and earn the save.
Many pitchers had noteworthy outings. Aces starter Rhett Barber struck out four in two innings of work. Andy Schon (ALX) struck out two in a perfect inning. Corey Bass (SLA) also pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. Reliever Nathan Stewart (ALX) fanned two in a hitless inning. However, Carlos Castillo (SLA) had the best outing on the mound striking out all three batters he faced in the sixth.
For Texas, Joe Brown (BAY), Nick Sottung (TEX) and Mike Castrignano (BGB) each pitched perfect innings, with Sottung and Castrignano striking out one batter.
The Aces will face the Coastal Kingfish in a four-game series starting Wednesday. Game starts at 6:55 and can be heard on 105.5 K-BUCK.
Thanks to Nick Enciso for these photos from the 2009 Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Alexandria.