Kalamazoo Growlers’ Zack Daniels Wins All Star Home Run Derby
Yesterday was the Northwoods League All Star Game hosted by the Kalamazoo Growlers at Homer Stryker Field. The day started with a combine for scouts to take a look at some of the up and coming baseball talent that the Northwoods League has to offer. Shortly after that the All Star Game Home Run Derby took place. Amazingly it would only go one round as Growlers' Center Fielder Zach Daniels was the lone batter out of 18 to hit 3 homeruns his first attempt, a feat that was good enough to earn him the victory.
The Growlers, who are apart of the South Division, battled the north to see who would gain homefield advantage in the Summer Collegiate World Series. Representing the Growlers along with Daniels was Mason Shinabery, who retired both batters he faced; striking out one. Niko Kavadas was also the starting first baseman. Niko was solid defensivley, but went 0-2 on the day. Daniels singled his first at bat, giving the game its first hit.
Battle Creek had some Bombers players who were in the All Star Game playing for the South as well. Catcher Alec Cargin was 0-2 and outfielder and Zach Gartner went 0-1. The South would go on to lead the game 2-0 going into the final inning. Allthough they gave up a solo homerun to the first batter, they would retire 3 of the next 4 batters to seal a victory for the South Division, winning 2-1. If the Kalamazoo Growlers or Battle Creek Bombers make the playoffs and make it to the World Series, they will have homefield advantage for the best of 3 series.
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