On a night when the Salt Lake Valley American Legion inducted 21 legends into its new Hall of Fame at Ken Price Park, the East and West Legion All-Star squads engaged in a lopsided match that was less than legendary.
The East squad exploded early, leading off the top of the first with a double from Hillcrest's Randy Mayne and a single from Brighton's Scott Sudbury, capped by a three-run shot over the center field fence by Skyline's Chad Morgan. Sudbury drilled a three-run homer of his own in the fourth and the East All-Stars turned the game into a feeding frenzy, coasting to a 14-6 victory.After the East's quick three-spot in the first, West appeared ready to challenge. Taylorsville's Tony Pezely led off with a double and scored three batters later.
East's starter, Skyline's Dusty Haycock, settled in and dominated West for three innings, followed by a strong one-inning outing by Cottonwood's Jason Lewis and two nearly flawless innings by Brighton's Jeff College.
West made some noise in the late innings, posting five runs on just one hit in the bottom of the eighth, taking advantage of an error and four free passes.
East, meanwhile, didn't let up until the late innings, still slugging away until it had amassed what proved to be an untouchable lead. Sudbury's fourth-inning dinger made the score 8-1, a margin increased by two in the fifth, when Cottonwood's Jake Peterson drummed a two-RBI double.
In the top of the sixth, Skyline's Nate Madsen scored from third when Christian Mickelson's one-out grounder to second was mishandled. Judge's Anthony Jefferies then clobbered a two-run double to make the score 13-1.
West Jordan's Jessie Vance finally proved to be the answer to the trouble of being on the mound. He pitched the sixth and the seventh, allowing just one unearned run on three hits.
West's attempt at a comeback sputtered after the five-run sixth, however, as they went down in order to finish the game.
Brighton's Sudbury, with a single, a three-run homer and two runs scored, also had a fine defensive play to rob Cyprus's Jeff Brimhall of a double and edged Morgan for the MVP award.