O'FALLON, MO—The 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game is in the books, and the fans were treated to a terrific performance at CarShield Field on Wednesday night. In front of a packed house, the Experienced Team beat the Rookie Team by a score of 8-3, and the Normal CornBelter's Derrick Loveless was named MVP, thanks to a two-homer, five RBI performance from the outfielder.
"It was amazing", said Loveless after the game. "I really enjoyed playing with these guys, I had a great coaching staff and the fans made it really fun for me with the atmosphere they provided." Loveless was also complimentary of this year's host, the River City Rascals, for their efforts in putting on the event. "I'm just really grateful that River City put this together and did all this hard work. I know it's not easy to prepare something like this – a lot of time and effort from their staff goes into it. They did a fantastic job."
The Experienced squad got out to an early 4-0 lead after a big first inning, thanks to a three-run shot from Loveless and a solo homer from his CornBelter teammate, Chris Iriart. The Florence Freedom's Keivan Berges got the Rookie team on the board with a homer of his own in the top of the second. Normal's Santiago Chirino added to the Experienced Team's lead with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.
The Rookie Team's Ryan Long of the Evansville Otters homered in the top of the third to make it 5-2. The Schaumburg Boomer's Jack Parenty trimmed the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single in the top of the fourth, but Loveless hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach. The Otters' Toby Thomas homered in the sixth to put the Experienced team up 8-3, the eventual final score.
Washington Wild Things ace Thomas Dorminy earned the win, pitching a scoreless first inning. Liam O'Sullivan of the Joliet Slammers took the loss, surrendering four runs in the first. Sean Renzi of the Lake Erie Crushers struck out the side in the fifth inning.