Bowling Green Hot Rods catcher Chris Betts won the Midwest League Home Run Derby on Monday, then was named the MVP of the MWL All-Star Game a day later after he blasted the game-winning homer for the East Division team.
His game-winning homer wasn’t a typical one. The All-Star Game was tied 3-3 after nine innings, so a sudden-death home run derby took place to choose the winning team. Betts represented the East team, while Kane County Cougars infielder Blaze Alexander took aim for the West team. Each player was allowed 90 seconds to hit as many homers as he could.
Alexander went first and went deep only once. Betts followed that with two homers to give the East team the victory.
Betts made two plate appearances in the actual game, walking twice. Four players had two hits in the game: Clinton LumberKings outfielder Jerar Encarnacion (who hit a two-run homer in the 4th inning), Cougars third baseman Buddy Kennedy (who doubled and stole a base), Lansing Lugnuts first baseman Jake Brodt, and Great Lakes Loons third baseman Miguel Vargas (who hit an RBI double). West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Ulrich Bojarski didn’t get a hit in the game, but drove in two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies.
Next year’s Midwest League All-Star Game will be played in Bowling Green.