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CARROLLTON -- The West managed to hang three "crooked numbers" on the scoreboard while the East only tallied with "sticks", resulting in a 10-4 victory by the West in the annual Eastern District Baseball All-Star Game before a nice-sized crowd at Carrollton High's Field of Dreams Complex on Tuesday.
The West scored twice in the opening inning before the East put up single runs in the second, third and fourth frames to move in front, 3-2.
A four-spot in the top of the fourth by the West countered only by one in the bottom of the inning left the East trailing 6-4, and then a four-run eighth frame pretty much sealed the deal for the victorious West squad.
Six pitchers shared mound duty for the West - Strasburg's Jay DiBacco, Tri-Valley's Austin Redman, New Philadelphia's TJ Enos, Ridgewood's Braeden Smith, Tri-Valley's Ryan Rider and Zanesville's Caden Mumaw - combining for six strikeouts, three walks and three hit batsmen.
Taking the hill for the East were Meadowbrook's Ben Davis, Edison's Zach Kramarich, Barnesville's Gaetan Sinisgalli and Cambridge's Rusty Hayhurst, with that quartet teaming up for eight Ks, five walks and two bean-balls.
Zanesville's Mumaw and John Glenn's Matt Gibson led the West with two singles apiece, with Mumaw driving in a run. John Glenn's Cole Rostash and West Holmes' Jake Donaldson each contributed a two-run single.
For the East, Barnesville's Brady Treherne ripped a double and sinle and Meadowbrook's Davis had two singles.
Mumaw of the West and Treherne of the East were named the Players of the Game.
A total of 12 players from the immediate area participated. In addition to Gibson and Rostash, John Glenn's Matt Stewart and Newcomerstown's Braden Russell played for the West while joining Treherne, Davis, Sinisgalli and Hayhurst on the East team were Christian Dodd and Konnor Roberts of Meadowbrook; Garth Charlton of Cambridge and Nathan Clark of Barnesville.