TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the second year in a row, the East Division has earned home-field advantage in the Prospect League Championship Series with a 9-2 win over the West Division in Tuesday’s All-Star Game before 852 at Bob Warn Field.
Richmond’s Kyle Jackson, who won the home run derby to start the night over Terre Haute’s Tony Roselli, went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer off of Danville reliever Cam Wysocki in the fourth inning was named the Most Valuable Player.
“I just found out before the game that it determined home field,’’ said Danville right-fielder Tyler Selesky. “It just means that we will have to go on the road to win the championship.
“But you always want to win. Everyone on this field is an athlete and a competitor, so no one wants to lose.’’
For Selesky, the all-star game was validation for all of the hard work that he has put into his game in the past season.
A year ago, the junior-to-be from Florida Gulf Coast batted just .180 with one home run and 21 RBIs for the Danville Dans, who set a Prospect League record with 41 victories. He entered Tuesday’s all-star game with a team-best .321 batting average and he also leads Danville with 23 runs scored. Those numbers were good enough to earn Selesky the starting right field position for the Prospect League’s West Division team.
“It just shows hard far that I’ve come,’’ Selesky said. “Last year was a real rough year, this year I feel like I’ve turned the corner.
“Personally, I’m very proud of this because I put in a lot of work in the past season so that it wouldn’t happen again. It’s nice to see some results from the hard work.’’