From 1946 to 2000, "The King and His Court" barnstormed the country, taking on any and all fast-pitch softball teams. Eddie "The King" Feigner used just a catcher, shortstop, and first baseman to beat anyone who challenged him, knowing that he would strike out virtually all who faced him.
Feigner would have been proud of the performance of the pitchers of the Eastern Division All-Stars in the Midwest League All-Star Game held last night in Peoria. The West beat the East 5-0 in a pitching-dominated contest that saw 29 batters strike out and just eight hits.
Jeremy Null of the South Bend Cubs, who was named the Star of the Game, got things started by striking out the side in top of the first. Null threw 16 pitches, 13 for strikes. When all was said and done, the East used 14 pitchers to strike out 16 West Division batters. They allowed just three hits, all singles. And only one outfield putout was recorded.
The East grabbed the lead in the top of the first when Anthony Alford of Lansing (Toronto) led off the game with a walk, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by his Lugnut teammate Ryan McBroom. They added a run in the third after Rowdy Tellez of Lansing reached on an error, a double by Jace Conrad of Bowling Green (Tampa Bay), and an RBI groundout by Charcer Burks of South Bend (Cubs). The East put it away with three in the top of the ninth.
Jacob Nottingham, catcher for the Quad City River Bandits (Houston Astros) had two of the three hits for the West. Nottingham has emerged as one of the top hitters in the Midwest League through the first half. Andrew Daniel of Burlington (Angels) had the only other hit.
As for the Burlington (Angels) All-Stars, Caleb Adams got the start in left field and Andrew Daniel was the starting second baseman for the West. Adams went 0-for-3, and struck out twice. Daniel went 1-for-2 with a strikeout, Jake Yacinich got into the game as a DH in the sixth, reaching base on a dropped third strike, and striking out in the ninth. Natanael Delgado played replaced Adams in LF and was 0-for-1 with a strike out, but made a strong throw from the outfield in the ninth.
Bees' starter Jeremy Rhoades pitched one inning, loading the bases after allowing a questionable infield single, hit by pitch, and walk. However, he pitched around it and struck out one and got a weak grounder to get out of the inning with no damage.
The Peoria organization put on a fine show for 5,858 fans on a beautiful summer night in central Illinois. In addition to the game, fans were treated to a Home Run Derby, won by Ryan McBroom of Lansing. Jim Cornelison, noted singer of the National Anthem at Chicago Blackhawks home games, performed the Anthem before the game and also sang "God Bless America" at the seventh-inning stretch. The night concluded with a fireworks show.
The 2016 Midwest League All-Star Game will be held in Cedar Rapids.
The Bees open the second half of the season with a nine-game homestand, starting Thursday night with the first of four contests against Beloit (Oakland).
Dave Bohnenkamp is an Affiliate Correspondent for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @PenaltyBoxBones.