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North Division wins 2011 Northwoods League All-Star Game

The North Division of the Northwoods League won the Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game on Monday night at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids. The North utilized an abundance of pitchers and an early lead to take down the South Division 6-3 in fron of 2,408 Northwoods League fans.

The North jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning. Steven Brault scored on a groundout from Home Run Derby Champion Shaun Cooper to start the scoring and Nick Judkins scored on a ground ball from ‘Star of Star’s’ Dan Olinger to finish the 1st frame at 2-0. The South responded in the 2nd when the Madison Mallard’s Nate Theunissen blasted a homerun of Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers pitching Joe Willman.

With the score at 2-1 in favor of the North, the North tacked on two more runs in the top of the 3rd. Mankato’s Shaun Cooper was part of the action again as he scored on an error by the catcher the start the scoring in the 3rd inning. Mike LeViseur of the Alexandria Beetles drove in Dan Olinger with an RBI single to make the score 4-1.

Once again, the South responded as they scored a single run in the 6th inning to cut the North’s lead to 4-2. The South scored as Waterloo Bucks’ Cameron Perkins singled to score Ryan Shober of the Eau Claire Express.

In the 7th inning, the North stretched their lead to 6-2 thanks to runs from the Brainerd duo of Dan Olinger and Wade Wass. The South would add another run in the 8th inning as Cameron Perkins scored to make the final score 6-3.

Blake Schwartz of the Mankato MoonDogs earned the win for the North Division as the starting pitcher. Schwartz threw 1.0 inning of perfect baseball. Dan Olinger of Brainerd was awarded ‘Star of Star’s’ for his 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored and one RBI. John Straka of the Thunder Bay Border Cats picked up the save as he threw the final 0.2 innings of the Marshfield Clinic All-Star game.

The South’s Nate Theunissen of Madison was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored while Cameron Perkins of the Waterloo Bucks was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

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