Blue downs Gold 11-2 in all-star baseball game; Dover’s Carrington honored

The Gold team is announced before the start of Monday night’s Blue-Gold All-Star baseball game at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

WILMINGTON — The Blue team continued its winning streak over the Gold team in the annual Blue-Gold senior all-star baseball game.

But Dover High’s Mike Carrington earned a new trophy representing the Gold.

The Blue squad downed the Gold 11-2 on Monday night at Frawley Stadium. The Gold team was made up of the Henlopen Conference and a few of the Southern Blue Hen Conference schools while the Blue is represented by the rest of the Blue Hen Conference and upstate private schools.

Carrington earned the lone RBI for the Gold team with a RBI-double. He reached base in both his plate appearances and was given the Gold’s Most Valuable Player award.

“That’s a big accomplishment,” Carrington said. “I take a lot of pride in that.”

Carrington is the first Dover player to win the award since Chris Groves in 1982.

Kyle Firle of Indian River rounds second base on his way to a triple.

The Blue team used a four-run second inning to take control of the contest. Salesianum’s Dominic Ragazzo was the Blue’s Most Valuable Player after three steals, including a straight-steal of home, and two runs scored.

The Gold team hasn’t won since 2012. The Blue is 5-0 in that time span as the 2013 and 2016 games were postponed due to rain.

The Blue squad took a no-hitter into the fifth inning on Monday.

Kyle Firle of Indian River broke up the no-hitter with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Firle sent a deep fly into the right-centerfield gap and hustled his way over to third for a triple.

But Firle was stranded at third and the Gold had to wait one more inning for its first run.

Caden Stanley of Milford walked to lead off the sixth. That’s when Carrington went the opposite way with a double down the line in right for the Gold’s second hit and only RBI.

The Gold team added one more run on a wild pitch in the ninth. It was held to just five hits in the contest compared to the Blue’s 17.
Newark Charter’s John Ueltzhoffer also recorded an extra-base-hit for the Gold team with a double in the seventh.

Relief pitcher Matt Rodriguez of Delmar working in the 6th inning.

Carrington was one of three Dover players in the game, including fellow seniors Hiram Davis and Andrew Carney. The trio is headed to Delaware State University to continue their baseball careers.

Dover head coach Dave Gordon was also the coach of the Gold team, giving him one last chance to coach his players.

“I hadn’t seen them in a couple days so it was great to see them in uniform,” Gordon said. “It was great to be around them and joke around and hang out with other guys from other teams. It was pretty cool.”

“It feels great having coach Gordon coach us again,” Carrington said. “It’s really just the cherry on top to end my season.”

A handful of players from the Gold team will suit up again next week for Delaware South in the Carpenter Cup tournament, hosted by the Philadelphia Phillies and featuring teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Delaware South opens against Delaware North at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Monday’s all-star game gave some of those players the chance to play with their high school rivals for the first time, before they team up again this summer.

“During the season it’s real competitive against all these guys,” Carrington said. “When we come here, we’re all friends. We all clicked right away.”

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