YAKIMA, Wash. -- That was quite the power show the South put on Tuesday night.

Both at the plate and on the mound, the South proved to be too much to handle in the first West Coast League All-Star Game hosted by the Yakima Valley Pippins.

Devlin Granberg crushed a pair of home runs to lead the offense, and a carousel of nine pitchers took turns dominating North hitters, finishing with 14 strikeouts in the 5-2 victory before 2,010 fans at Yakima County Stadium.

“I had a good day today,” said a smiling Granberg, who smacked a two-run homer to dead center in the first inning and then added a no-doubt solo shot to left in his next at-bat in the fourth en route to winning most valuable player honors.

“It sounds awesome. I didn’t really expect that but it happened,” said Granberg of being named MVP, adding that his effort was helped by his turn in Monday’s Home Run Derby where he managed just five homers.

“The derby helped me relax (Tuesday), In the derby, it’s just swing, swing, swing,” he said. “I was able to slow things down today.”

“We had the MVP put us on his back,” said Marcus McKimmy, the Pippins manager who guided the South team. “That’s what makes things like this really fun. You give them a showcase and they take advantage of it.”

Just as impressive was the South’s pitching, which started with Yakima Valley’s Conner White. He pitched a scoreless first, working around a two-out walk and double by striking out Home Run Derby champion Chase Illig.

“I had some good adrenaline,” said White, who had two strikeouts. “I was a little anxious before the game but once I got out there, I settled down.

“We had a lot of great arms and good defense behind us.”

“White threw a heckuva first inning,” McKimmy said. “The crowd was pumped up. He was pumped up. He did a great job.”

As did the eight relievers who followed.

In all, South pitchers allowed five hits, although they did walk five, in addition to those 14 strikeouts. They fanned two in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings, with Dakota Donovan of Corvallis striking out the side in the seventh.

“There are a lot of quality, up-and-coming arms, on both the North and South, but the South stood out a little more tonight,” McKimmy said. “These are guys on the doorstep of being professionals.”

“Our pitchers were attacking the zone,” Granberg said. “They’ve all got good stuff — swing-and-miss stuff.”

White was not the only Pippins player contributing to the victory.

Steve Sordahl was 2 for 4 with an RBI and stolen base, Dillon Plew was 1 for 3 with a double and a run, and Lucas Denney may have been 0 for 2, but he walked twice, scoring on the first and driving in a run with the second.

“What’s more satisfying is that they get to experience this. They did all the hard work,” McKimmy said. “This is something I’ll remember for a long time.”

 

Next game

Opponent: Wenatchee AppleSox.

When, where: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Yakima County Stadium.

Radio: KUTI (1460 AM).

Probable pitchers: Wenatchee RHP Hunter Boyd (3-1, 4.67) vs. Yakima Valley TBA.

 

WCL standings

SOUTH DIVISION

W L Pct GB

Corvallis 26 13 .667 —

Cowlitz 18 18 .500 6 1/2

Bend 19 20 .487 7

Yakima Valley 17 19 .472 7 1/2

Gresham 14 24 .368 111/2

NORTH DIVISION

W L Pct GB

Wenatchee 21 15 .583 —

Bellingham 20 16 .556 1

Victoria 20 17 .541 1 1/2

Kelowna 19 20 .487 3 1/2

Walla Walla 18 20 .474 4

Port Angeles 15 25 .375 8

Tuesday’s game

All-Star Game: South 5, North 2

Wednesday’s games

Wenatchee at Yakima Valley, 7:05 p.m.

Cowlitz at Port Angeles, 6:35 p.m.

Victoria at Bellingham, 6:35 p.m.

Gresham at Bend, 6:35 p.m.

Corvallis at Walla Walla, 7:05 p.m.

 

All-Star box score

South 5, North 2

NORTH SOUTH

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Shirer cf 4 0 0 0 Plew 3b 3 1 1 0

Nyquist 3b-c 3 0 1 1 Chapman lf 4 1 1 0

Shenton 1b 3 0 0 0 Granberg dh 3 2 2 3

Johnson lf 3 0 2 1 Qsar rf 2 0 0 0

Bottcher lf 1 0 0 0 Quiggle rf 1 0 0 0

Illig c 3 0 0 0 Denney 1b 2 1 0 1

Vansau rf 4 0 0 0 Taylor c 3 0 1 0

Suddlesn rf 4 0 0 0 Cope c 0 0 0 0

Yake 2b-ss 3 0 1 0 Sordahl cf 4 0 2 1

Wright ss 1 0 0 0 Ellis ss 4 0 0 0

Botcher 2b 2 2 1 0 Kelly 2b 2 0 0 0

Runge 2b 0 0 0 0

Totals 34 2 6 3 Totals 28 5 7 5

North 001 000 100 — 2

South 200 210 00x — 5

E—Botcher. LOB—North 8, South 6. DP—North 4. 2B—Plew, Johnson. HR—Granberg 2. SB—Sordahl.

North IP H R ER BB SO

Bonniksen L,0-1 2 3 2 2 0 2

McKillican 1 0 0 0 1 0

Maier 1 2 2 2 1 0

Diaz 2-3 1 1 1 3 0

Vines 1 1-3 1 0 0 1 1

Kuhn 1 0 0 0 0 2

Hehnke 1 0 0 0 1 2

South IP H R ER BB SO

White 1 1 0 0 1 2

Cunningham W,1-0 1 0 0 0 0 2

Crow 1 1 1 1 2 1

Rivera 1 1 0 0 0 0

Donovan 1 0 0 0 0 2

Howell 1 0 0 0 0 2

Powers 1 2 1 1 1 3

Qsar 1 0 0 0 0 1

Kaplan 1 0 0 0 1 1

Umpires—Brady Lamb, Randy Knuths, Darrell Mason, Randy Sutton. T—2:46. A—2,010.