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USPBL 9/9 Update: Crutcher, Wilson named co-MVPs before Friday night’s All Star Game

By Adam Rickert

West All Stars 0 AT East All Stars 0

UTICA — Austin Crutcher of the Utica Unicorns and Nic Wilson of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers were named USPBL co-MVPs in a special ceremony before the league’s first-ever All Star Game on Friday night.

“It was really cool getting acknowledged and it means a lot to me,” said Crutcher after his East All Stars played to a 0-0 tie in five innings against the West All Stars.

Crutcher made the biggest play of the game, throwing Ray Ortega out at home plate from left field in the third inning to keep the game scoreless.

Crutcher, the left fielder for the Unicorns, was joined by Beavers first baseman Nic Wilson, the league’s other co-MVP, on the East All Star squad.

“He’s a heck of a ballplayer,” Crutcher said of Wilson. “He’s got a lot of pop, a lot of power and he’s a very patient hitter.”

Wilson led the USPBL in batting average at .340 and in home runs with 17. Crutcher was the league RBI leader, driving in 51 runs; 10 more than anyone else.

“It was cool playing with Nic and talking baseball with him,” said Crutcher.

Crutcher also mentioned that he enjoyed playing with Eastside Diamond Hoppers third baseman Alex Delgado, who made a spectacular diving grab to rob fellow Diamond Hopper Tyler Booth of a hit in the fifth inning.

Also before the game, Randy Wynne of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers was named USPBL Pitcher of the Year.

Wynne finished the year tied for the league lead in wins with five, fourth in strikeouts with 55 and third in ERA at 3.08.

Wynne and Wilson’s Beavers can kick back and relax on Saturday as the Diamond Hoppers and Crutcher’s Unicorns will square off with a trip to the championship game on the line.

The winner will face the Beavers for the league title at 2pm on Sunday.