So much for a slugfest.
A total of 22 pitchers — 11 from each side — combined to allow five hits Tuesday as the Western Division defeated the Eastern Division, 1-0, in the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at Houghton College's Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.
Andrew Bonnette of the All-Star Game host Genesee Rapids singled home the lone run off losing pitcher Zach Vennaro of the Sherrill Silversmiths in the bottom of the third inning. Vennaro walked Fernando Garcia of the Geneva Twins with one out in the third. Garcia then stole second to move into scoring position for Bonnette, who drove a 1-0 pitch to center field for an RBI single.
Five Western Division pitchers sent down the first 15 Eastern Division batters in order before Home Run Derby champion Tom Nagy of the Syracuse Salt Cats opened the sixth inning with a single to right field off of Jacob Chipka of the Rochester Ridgemen.
Nagy was caught stealing before Chipka walked Rochester's Matt Emge. He advanced to second on a groundout to third base by Benjamin Haefner of the Wellsville Nitros but was stranded when Matt McCann of the Syracuse Junior Chiefs grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Three Oneonta Outlaws combined to go 0-for-4 for the Eastern Division, which struck out seven times. Leadoff batter and second baseman Ben Mauseth struck out twice, and first baseman Ramon Osuna Sanchez and left fielder Taylor Jones grounded out to the pitcher in the second and third innings, respectively. All three started for Eastern Division manager Joe Hughes, who led the Outlaws to the 2013 NYCBL championship in his first season as head coach.
Right-handed pitcher Taylor Hicks of the Outlaws started on the mound for the Eastern Division and allowed one hit in a scoreless inning. Teammate Brandon Agar, also a righty, struck out one and walked none in a 1-2-3 fourth inning of relief. Agar took over after Vennaro gave up an earned run on two hits and two walks in the third.