WILMINGTON — Logan Simpson had heard about how good of a pitcher Brandon Walter is.
On Tuesday night, the Lake Forest High senior found himself facing Walter, the Player of the Year and University Delaware commit, in the annual Blue-Gold baseball senior all-star game.
Simpson made the most of the moment as he belted a double into the left-center field gap. While the Gold team fell 7-1, Simpson finished 2-for-2 with a stolen base and was awarded the game’s MVP award for the Gold.
“I figured I had to put the bat on the ball and I never figured I would have a hit like that,” Simpson said. “It was a pretty good experience and winning the Most Valuable Player, that’s something I’m always going to remember. That’s pretty cool.”
“It’s the only time I’m probably going to ever play here (at Frawley Stadium) so it’s something I’ll never forget for sure.”
The last player to win the MVP award from Lake Forest was Shane Mitchell in 2005.
Walter, of Hodgson Vo-Tech Academy, was the Blue’s MVP as he provided the bulk of the scoring in a four-run second inning with a bases-clearing double.
The Blue team was made up of seniors from the Blue Hen Conference and upstate Catholic schools. The Gold was represented by the Henlopen Conference and the Independent Conference.
The Gold recorded 10 hits but had only the one run. It came in the second when Archmere’s Joey Voge moved to third on Simpson’s double and eventually scored when Milford’s Tom Saxon singled into right.
Dover’s Dakota Graham went 1-for-3 and Cape Henlopen’s David Kennedy also had a hit for the Gold.
“It’s just an honor because hard work pays off,” Graham said of the experience. “It’s a good thing to be able to represent your school out here and a good topping off for your high school career. Most of the guys are the best players in the conference so it’s nice to get one more with them and bittersweet to get one last at-bat.”
The Blue scored its first run on an error before Walter’s three RBI. The Blue added one in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk.
It scored a pair in the seventh on a single by Trevor Hunter (Hodgson) and a sacrifice fly by Josh Willey (Salesianum).
On the pitching side, the Gold got scoreless one-innings appearances from Dover’s Jared Rowley, Tower Hill’s Patrick Fagan and Brendan Harris, Milford’s Dustin Reeder and Sanford’s Jake Freeman.
Woodbridge’s Logan Wescott reached on a fielder’s choice and stole a base for the Gold. He almost gave the Gold its second run but was thrown out at home on a single in the sixth.
The Gold only had one man reach base in the final three innings of the nine-inning contest when Eric Duerr of Sanford singled in the seventh.
“I’m competitive and I hate losing but it’s for a good cause,” Simpson said of the game. “I was just trying to have fun, just do whatever I could to have a good game.”