Six Brooklyn Cyclones were named to the South All-Star roster for the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, and the five who played all managed to make their presence felt in leading their squad to a 7-1 victory over the North All-Stars in State College, Pennsylvania last night—none more so than game MVP Ross Adolph.
Adolph, who currently sits second in the league with eight triples, added a three-bagger that won’t count to his league stat line when he blasted a one-hopper off the center field wall in the top of the first to plate the first two runs of the game. Adolph would come around to score on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-0.
It was a 3-1 game in the third when the Mets’ 2018 twelfth round pick came up again and launched the first pitch of his second at-bat over the right field wall. The South would score two more in the inning to salt away the game, much as Adolph had pretty much salted away the MVP at that point.
Two Cyclones relievers contributed to the South holding that lead, as Billy Oxford and Yeudy Colon spun scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, respectively. Brooklyn staff ace and league leader in ERA Jaison Vilera also made the trip, but had pitched Sunday and did not appear.
While Adolph was the only starter, and shined the brightest, both 2018 third round pick Carlos Cortes and left fielder Wagner Lagrange each contributed a 1-2 night off the bench, with Cortes chipping in a stolen base.
The 30-25 Cyclones continue their quest to track down the first place Hudson Valley Renegades or secure a league wild card tonight at home against the Vermont Lake Monsters.