HJ - A's Menchaca Swing

Clarinda A’s third baseman Noah Menchaca smashes a pitch Sunday, June 16, against the Carroll Merchants. Menchaca was selected to participate in the Home Run Derby at the MINK League All-Star Game played Wednesday, June 26, at St. Joseph, Missouri. (Herald-Journal photo by Joe Moore)

Clarinda had four players included when the M.I.N.K. League announced the 2019 All-Star Game rosters featuring the best players from across the league through the first half of the season.

“The All-Star game is a great time to get our league together to showcase the talent across the league,” M.I.N.K. League Commissioner Ron Rodriguez said. “I find it important that players get together and learn more about each other from across the two divisions.”

The 2019 All-Star Game returned to St. Joseph with 56 of the league’s best players taking part in the North versus South contest.

“It’s nice to have it back in St. Joe,” Rodriguez said. “They do a great job hosting the All-Star games, as well as the other cities that have hosted in the past.”

The All-Star Game was scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 26, at Phil Welch Stadium at 7 p.m. with the Home Run Derby set for 5:30 p.m.

The Clarinda A’s were represented in the Home Run Derby by Noah Menchaca. The A’s also had three players selected to the North Division All-Star team. Those players were pitcher Cooper Harris, outfielder Will Hanafan and designated hitter Nate Bentura.

The St. Joseph Mustangs will have the most representatives in the All-Star game with 10, followed by Chillicothe and Joplin with eight; Nevada and Ozark with seven; Jefferson City and Sedalia with six; and Clarinda with four.

North Division

Pitchers

Brandon Babin (Sedalia)

Justin Root (Sedalia)

Jack Schmedding (Sedalia)

Austin Brooks (St. Joseph)

Mack Stephenson (St. Joseph)

Cam Bednar (St. Joseph)

Jake Purl (St. Joseph)

Jack Albright (St. Joseph)

Jack McNellis (Chillicothe)

Cooper Harris (Clarinda)

Infielders

Jake Lufft (Sedalia)

Jackson Dierenfeldt (St. Joseph)

Jack Wagner (St. Joseph)

Terrance Spurlin (St. Joseph)

Drew Beazley (St. Joseph)

Tate Wargo (Chillicothe)

Marcus Gonzalez (Chillicothe)

Nolan Metcalf (Chillicothe)

Outfielders

A.J. Gardner (Sedalia)

Tre Turner (Sedalia)

Derek Hussey (St. Joseph)

Jack Grace (Chillicothe)

Blaine Ray (Chillicothe)

Will Hanafan (Clarinda)

Catchers

Nick Hagedorn (Sedalia)

Jordan Maxson (St. Joseph)

Designated Hitters

Nate Bentura (Clarinda)

Logan Eickhoff (Chillicothe)

Home Run Derby Participants

A.J. Gardner (Sedalia)

Karl Koerper (St. Joseph)

Nolan Metcalf (Chillicothe)

Noah Menchaca (Clarinda)

South Division

Pitchers

Tyson Campbell (Ozark)

Bryan Adames (Ozark)

Lane Trelkeld (Jefferson City)

Dylan Dunbar (Jefferson City)

Brett Biggs (Joplin)

Nozomu Yumauchi (Joplin)

Walker Johnson (Nevada)

Alec Telles (Nevada)

Nicholas Proto (Ozark)

Dalton Weaver (Joplin)

Infielders

Donovan Sutti (Joplin)

Paul Haupt (Jefferson City)

Freilin Cabrera (Joplin)

Eli Harrison (Nevada)

Wesley Anderson (Ozark)

Peyton Leeper (Jefferson City)

Dede Cole (Jefferson City)

Joe Kinder (Joplin)

Outfielders

Zack Ehlen (Joplin)

Domonique Hernandez (Nevada)

Harrison Stevens (Ozark)

Lucas Riddick (Ozark)

Thomas Ruether (Jefferson City)

Brayland Skinner (Nevada)

Catchers

Ryan Lober (Joplin)

Griffin Larsen (Nevada)

Designated Hitters

Nicholas Proto (Ozark)

Clint Allen (Nevada)

Home Run Derby Participants

Chris O’Neal (Nevada)

Lucas Riddick (Ozark)

Donovan Sutti (Joplin)

Logan Haring (Jefferson City)

Clarinda played an abbreviated schedule last week as rain forced postponements of five games including a four game series against the Joplin Outlawas.

The A’s managed to get in two home games against Nevada.

Nevada 13 at A’s 9 - June 18

Nevada 630 010 012 - 13 14 4

A’s 050 202 000 - 9 8 2

Player, Pos AB R H RBI

Hanafan, CF 5 1 1 0

Barendrick, SS 1 2 0 0

Holt, SS 1 1 0 0

Novis, RF 4 1 1 2

Davis, C 5 1 2 2

Bentura, DH 5 0 1 2

Adams, LF 3 1 0 0

Kelleher, 3B 2 1 0 0

Menchaca, 3B 2 0 1 1

Flores, 1B 2 1 1 1

Paulsey, 1B 1 0 0 0

Ditto, 2B 5 0 1 0

TOTALS 36 9 8 8

Pitcher I H R ER BB SO

Sas (L) 3.0 9 9 7 1 1

Powers 4.0 1 1 1 4 4

Ca Candiotti 1.0 1 1 1 1 0

Cl Candiotti 1.0 3 2 2 0 1

Nevada 6 at A’s 4 - June 17

Nevada 200 301 000 - 6 10 0

A’s 000 110 101 - 4 10 1

Player, Pos AB R H RBI

Hanafan, CF 2 2 2 0

Holt, SS 2 0 0 0

Barendrick, SS 2 0 2 1

Novis, RF 5 0 2 1

Bentura, DH 5 0 0 0

Paulsey, 1B 3 1 1 0

Flores, 1B 2 0 0 1

Adams, LF 4 0 2 0

Menchaca, 3B 3 0 0 0

McClean, C 2 0 0 1

Ditto, 2B 4 1 1 0

TOTALS 34 4 10 4

Pitcher I H R ER BB SO

Kiefer (L) 4.0 6 5 4 4 1

Harris 4.0 3 1 1 4 2

Hathcock 1.0 1 0 0 1 2

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