Nicky Delmonico from the Delmarva Shorebirds slapped a pair of hits and scored two runs as the Northern Division defeated the Southern Division, 3-2, with 6,099 fans on hand in the 53rd
Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 6,099 fans.
The win for the North avenged its defeat in last year's game as it dropped a 6-3 decision to the South at Delmarva.
Delmonico, a first baseman, recorded a double in the seventh and a single in the fifth to earn the MiLB.com Top Star Award.
The game was scoreless for the first four innings as solid pitching performances by both sides dominated the mid-season classic.
The North first reached the scoreboard in the fifth inning as Delmonico collected his team's first hit when he beat out an infield single. With two outs, Kannapolis catcher Kevan Smith lined a bullet into the right field corner that brought Delmonico home all the way from first.
Delmonico got the North offense going again in the seventh inning when he ripped a double down the right field line and took third on an error. Hanser Alberto, representing the Hickory Crawdads, then grounded a single past the mound and through the middle to plate Delmonico for a 2-0 lead.
An insurance run came in the eighth frame when Mark Haddow of the Kannapolis Intimidators found a hole on the right side of the infield for an RBI single.
Meanwhile, the Northern Division pitching staff shut down the Southern Division lineup, allowing only five hits through eight shutout innings before the South threatened to pull out a dramatic victory in the bottom of the ninth.
Tyler Austin of the hometown Charleston RiverDogs tripled to the right field corner to lead off the ninth and scored on a RBI single to center by RiverDog teammate Francisco Arcia. With runners on second and third with only one out, Asheville's Harold Riggins grounded to short to pull the hosts to within one run before Travis Taijeron of the Savannah Sand Gnats fanned to end the game.
Colin Kleven of the Lakewood BlueClaws was credited with the victory on the mound, working the fourth inning and allowing two hits with one strikeout in one scoreless frame. Aaron Barrett of the Hagerstown Suns gained the save despite allowing the two ninth inning runs.
Michael Foltynewicz of the Lexington Legends started for the South and was the only pitcher to work two innings, allowing no hits while fanning four. David Filak of the Rome Braves pitched the fifth inning and gave up one run on two hits to suffer the loss.
Matt Duffy of Lexington joined Delmonico with two hits.