Alvarez named MVP of All-Star Game

Oilers infielder Jake Alvarez was named the Most Valuable Player at the Alaska Communications/State Farm Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game on Sunday at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage.

In the ABL this year, pitching has dominated in close, low-scoring games. The All-Star Game was no exception, as it ended in a 2-2 tie and both teams combined for just six hits.

Alvarez had both of the hits for the South team, which included the Oilers, Anchorage Bucs and Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Alvarez had a home run, and also singled and scored to account for both of the South’s runs.

The Oilers had five pitchers make the team, but only two pitched because the Oilers have a pivotal 6 p.m. game at the Chugiak Chinooks today and a 6 p.m. doubleheader at the Anchorage Bucs on Tuesday.

Oilers starter GJ Strauss got the honor of starting for the South, and he put up a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Michael Coates of the Oilers also threw a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Other pitchers honored for the Oilers were AJ Quintero, Logan McAnallen and Travis Barnes.

Other field players honored were catcher Mike Wieland, utility player AJ Ramirez, first baseman Dillon Dobson and outfielder Andre Mercurio.

For the North, made up of the Mat-Su Miners, Chinooks and Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, John Williams of the Miners led the way with two hits. Gio Brusa of the Miners and Casey Munoz of the Panners each had doubles.

Brusa also was the runaway winner in the Home Run Derby earlier in the day.

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