Winningham Named MVP of SAL All-Star Game

First baseman Dash Winningham (34) of the Columbia Fireflies gets an RBI hit for the South team in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. The game was suspended due to rain after seven innings tied, 3-3. Winningham was named Most Valuable Player of the game. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | June 20, 2017 10:19 PM ET

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia first baseman Dash Winningham was named MVP of the 58th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, a game that finished in a 3-3 tie after seven innings due to rain. Winningham doubled in a pair of runs and also walked on Tuesday. He and his Fireflies teammates who participated in the game - Merandy Gonzalez , Michael Paez and Adonis Uceta - all made exceptional contributions for the Southern Division.

All six runs were scored in the first two frames. The Southern Division leaped out to a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first before the Northern Division took a one-run edge with three scores in the second. The Southern club tied the game up at 3-3 in the home half of the inning.

Columbia's ace Merandy Gonzalez began the game with a scoreless top of the first. The right-hander faced the minimum. In the home half of the first, Winningham drilled a double over Jake Ring's head in center field that scored both Cristian Pache and Michael Paez. Paez finished with a single and a run scored on Tuesday.

Kannapolis' Mitch Roman and Hagerstown's Aldrem Corredor plated three runs in the top of the second, putting the Northern Division ahead momentarily.

Randy Ventura, a Rome Brave, doubled in a run in the bottom of the second, which knotted the game up.

The fourth Firefly on display in the All-Star Game was Adonis Uceta. The native of the Dominican Republic struck out the side in the seventh.

West Virginia's Ty Moore was named the Force3 Defender of the Game.

A crowd of 4,012 made it out to a soggy Spirit Communications Park for the All-Star Game. The Fireflies return to action and begin the second half of the season on Thursday against the Kannapolis Intimidators. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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