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Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Bulldogs Shine at 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 07/26/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. -SPOKANE, Wash. – In front of a sold out Borleske Stadium, Gonzaga University baseball players Derek Callahan and Mitchell Gunsolus contributed to the Eastern Division in a 3-2 loss in the 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game in Walla Walla, Wash, earlier this week.

Callahan relieved Kelowna Falcons starter Brandon Marris in the second inning and allowed a hit, a walk and recorded a strikeout. The Western Division threatened Callahan with runners on first and second with two out, but the lefty got Klamath Falls second baseman Tanner Nielsen to hit a grounder to second to end the inning.

Gunsolus hit second for the Eastern Divison and finished his night 1-for-2 with a run scored. The Gonzaga shortstop hit a grounder to second in the first inning, but singled in the fourth. Gunsolus scored the first run of the game when the Kelowna Falcons Kyle Pearson hit into 6-4-3 double play, allowing him to score from third. The Eastern Division scored two runs in the fourth to lead 2-0.

The two-run cushion was short lived as the Western Division tied the game in the top of the fifth.  Consecutive hits and an error by the East brought one run in and had a runner on third when Cowlitz’s Austin Diemer grounded to third to bring in the tying run.

The 2-2 tie carried to the seventh until Corvallis Knights Caleb Whalen drove in the winning run with a two-out double off Kelowna Falcons Phil Maton.

In the bottom of the ninth the East rallied with back-to-back leadoff singles off Kitsap BlueJackets Colin Feldtman, but failed to take advantage. Feldtman struck out the side to earn the save for the Western Division. 

The Bulldogs duo represented the Wenatchee AppleSox in the All-Star Game and was coached by Ed Knaggs, a former Gonzaga alum and assistant coach.

Knaggs is also the head coach for Callahan and Gunsolus on the AppleSox.

Callahan has compiled a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA in 37.2 innings and Gunsolus has hit .353 in 36 games to lead the WCL in hits (49) and RBI (28). 

Wenatchee was also ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game’s nation’s summer-college league rankings, the only West Coast League team ranked in the Top 25.

Perfect Game’s nation’s summer-college league ranking is based on win-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league. To receive ranking consideration, a team must have at least a .500 record. 

Callahan relieved Kelowna Falcons starter Brandon Marris in the second inning and allowed a hit, a walk and recorded a strikeout. The Western Division threatened Callahan with runners on first and second with two out, but the lefty got Klamath Falls second baseman Tanner Nielsen to hit a grounder to second to end the inning.

Gunsolus hit second for the Eastern Divison and finished his night 1-for-2 with a run scored. The Gonzaga shortstop hit a grounder to second in the first inning, but singled in the fourth. Gunsolus scored the first run of the game when the Kelowna Falcons Kyle Pearson hit into 6-4-3 double play, allowing him to score from third. The Eastern Division scored two runs in the fourth to lead 2-0.

The two-run cushion was short lived as the Western Division tied the game in the top of the fifth.  Consecutive hits and an error by the East brought one run in and had a runner on third when Cowlitz's Austin Diemer grounded to third to bring in the tying run.

The 2-2 tie carried to the seventh until Corvallis Knights Caleb Whalen drove in the winning run with a two-out double off Kelowna Falcons Phil Maton.

In the bottom of the ninth the East rallied with back-to-back leadoff singles off Kitsap BlueJackets Colin Feldtman, but failed to take advantage. Feldtman struck out the side to earn the save for the Western Division. 

The Bulldogs duo represented the Wenatchee AppleSox in the All-Star Game and was coached by Ed Knaggs, a former Gonzaga alum and assistant coach.

Knaggs is also the head coach for Callahan and Gunsolus on the AppleSox.

Callahan has compiled a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA in 37.2 innings and Gunsolus has hit .353 in 36 games to lead the WCL in hits (49) and RBI (28). 

Wenatchee was also ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game's nation's summer-college league rankings, the only West Coast League team ranked in the Top 25.

Perfect Game's nation's summer-college league ranking is based on win-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league. To receive ranking consideration, a team must have at least a .500 record. 

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