07/19/2017 2:01 PM
By Clay Vitale
Gresham GreyWolves' lefty Zak Baayoun made a successful appearance for the South Division in the 2017 West Coast League All-Star Game played on Tuesday, July 18. Baayoun got into the game to start the bottom half of the 5th, and proceeded to retire all three batters he faced, striking out two and inducing a pop-out. "It was a lot of fun, a great experience, and exciting to see all the fans that came out to support us", said Baayoun. The game drew a crowd of 2,010 at The Orchard in Yakima Valley, and they did not go home disappointed. Cowlitz Black Bears' outfielder Devlin Granberg put on a show, belting two homers (a WCL All-Star Game record) to lead the South to a 5-2 victory over the North All-Stars. Baayoun was certainly impressed, saying "It was pretty incredible. He was obviously MVP of the game". Baayoun himself was an integral piece of the South's rotation, featuring six Corvallis Knights, which held the North to just five hits over the 9-inning affair, and retiring six of the last seven batters faced. Corvallis hurler Cason Cunningham took the win for the South, pitching a scoreless second inning, while Port Angeles Lefties righty Nick Bonniksen started the game for the North and was saddled with the loss. The focus shifts back to the remainder of the season as the GreyWolves seek to right the ship and climb toward a .500 record. They start things off against the Elks in Bend before a home series this weekend hosting the powerhouse offense of Victoria. As for Baayoun, he did exactly what he set out to do in the All-Star showcase: represent Gresham and let the league know what the GreyWolves are all about.