ALBANY — Mohonasen graduate Robbie Knightes led the East All-Stars past the West All-Stars 9-1 in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game Wednesday, July 20, in front of 1,482 fans at Bob Bellizzi Field.
The Glens Falls Dragons’ third baseman launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning as part of a two-hit evening, which earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Albany pitcher Evan Giles got the start for the East squad and tossed a scoreless first inning, allowing only a two-out walk. That set the tone for the East All-Stars pitchers, as they didn’t allow the West All-Stars a run until the top of the seventh inning. By then, the East had built a 9-0 lead.
Mohawk Valley’s Sean Mazzio added a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning for the East All-Stars. Amsterdam’s Griffin Roberts picked up the win on the pitcher’s mound after tossing a scoreless fourth inning.
The All-Star festivities began with scout day activities, as each of the players ran a 60-yard dash and took batting practice in front of 18 Major League Baseball scouts. That was followed by the annual Home Run Derby, which featured 12 competitors trying to rack up as many points in 2:30 as possible. Glens Falls’ Chris Kwitzer and Saugerties’ Vince Lakes tied for top honors in the first round with 10 points each, while Elmira’s Lucas Denney advanced to the finals in a tiebreaker.
Kwitzer came up big in the finals. He belted 10 home runs in the first two minutes to build a huge lead, and he added another in the final 30 seconds for two points to finish with 12 points. Denney and Lakes tied for second place with five points each.