Whitlock leads East in shutout win

By Reggie Ellis

Exeter's Beau Whitlock may have been playing for the away team, but he was definitely pitching at home.

Whitlock dominated the West squad and led the East squad to a 6-0 win in the 45th annual All-Star game for Kings and Tulare counties while capturing the game's Most Valuable Player award.

"I just played my game and shut them down," Whitlock said. "This was a home game for me and it feels great."

Whitlock struck out seven of nine batters, six of them in a row in the second and third innings. Two of them struck out looking. He also hit 2-2 in the game with a single in the second and a double in the fourth. "Coach [Steve Garver] prepared the mound just the way I like it," Whitlock said.

Whitlock is the fourth Monarch to win the MVP award joining alumni Nick Kouklis (1978), Tod Mumma (1981) and Danny Riportella (1982). EUHS is second only to Tulare Union's seven MVPs.

Whitlock didn't even know he would be starting the game until right before the singing of the National Anthem. Porterville's Jonathan Schultz was supposed to be the starting pitcher but East coach Mark Gentry decided to let Whitlock go instead.

"He's got a good work ethic and is the first one to practice and the last to leave," said the first-year varsity coach for Delano. "I'm sure he'll help somebody next year."

Whitlock will play baseball for College of the Sequoias next year where he said he will play any position to help the team win. All of the East's pitchers contributed to the one-hitter including Schultz, who came into the game in the fourth inning, Tulare Western's Steve Nunez, Delano's Eliseo Pimentel and Monache's Mike Hicks.

"We were stocked pretty deep for pitching," Gentry said. "It was extremely difficult to come up with a lineup for this team."

The only hit for the West came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hanford's Matt Souza doubled to left field. Both teams were scoreless through three innings until the East got things going in the fourth. Schultz singled to left to lead off the inning. Whitlock hit a double to move Schultz to third. Tulare Union's Brad Berg hit a sacrifice fly to right field allowing Schulz to tag up and score the first run of the game.

Porterville's Adrian Ortega lead-off the fifth inning with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third base. With two outs, Tulare Western's Gabe Jacobo hit an RBI-double to give the East a 2-0 lead.

In the seventh inning, Delano's Josh Caraveo hit a fly ball to center field for a single, stole second base and scored off a Munger double. Jacobo knocked in Munger with a single and then stole second. Jacobo scored from third after Nunez hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the second out of the inning giving the East a 5-0 lead through seven innings.

The East's final run came in the eighth when Berg hit a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch and later home on a wild pitch for the 6-0 final.

The game was only the second shutout in the series' history, the first since 1995 and the first ever by the East team. The West still leads the all-time series 21-13.

East 000 110 310 — 6 11 1

West 000 000 000 — 0 1 3

East

B. Whitlock, J. Schultz (4), S. Nunez (6) and S. Perigo, E. Pimentel (7), M. Hicks (9) and M. Munger. W – B. Whitlock.

East

ab r h bi

Ortega 2 1 1 0

Diaz 3 0 0 0

Perigo 3 0 2 1

Jacobo 5 1 2 1

Schultz 2 1 1 0

Whitlock 2 0 2 0

Berg 4 1 1 1

J. Delgado 1 0 0 0

T. Delgado 4 0 0 0

Hicks 1 0 0 0

Caraveo 2 1 0 0

Munger 2 1 1 0

Nunez 2 0 0 0

Juarez 2 0 0 0

Hernandez 1 0 0 0

Ibarra 2 0 1 0

West

ab r h bi

Chavarria 4 0 0 0

Souza 3 0 1 0

Garcia 4 0 0 0

Vanderham 3 0 0 0

B. Gonzalez 2 0 0 0

Marvin 3 0 0 0

Torrez 1 0 0 0

Reynoso 1 0 0 0

Tavarz 1 0 0 0

Wallace 2 0 0 0

Orosco 1 0 0 0

Hernandez 2 0 0 0

Hilarides 1 0 0 0

Morales 1 0 0 0

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