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North's late homer wins SAL All-Star Game

June 19, 2002

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Trey Salinas of Delmarva hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, leading the North to a 5-2 victory over the South before a league-record 8,571 fans in the 43rd annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park.

With one out in the eighth, Hagerstown's Julian Benavidez walked and Hector Gimenez of Lexington singled to set up the heroics for Salinas, who also won the pregame home-run hitting contest.

Pitching was the constant in this game, as nine North pitchers held the South to just one hit and break a four-game losing streak.

The North scored once in the second, when Lexington's Charlton Jimerson doubled and scored on another double by Mike Snyder of Charleston (W.Va.).

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The South tied it in the third on a hit batter and two wild pitches. In the seventh, the North used a two-out rally capped by Hickory's Vic Buttler who singled in Kannapolis's Chris Amador for a 2-1 lead.

For Hagerstown, Benavidez went 0-for-1 with the run scored, and catcher Justin Knoedler went 0-for-2 before being relieved. Closer Ryan Meaux pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out one.

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