--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Stars played their second game of the Bluegrass World Series. Monday's opening game against Jasper appeared to be just a warm-up game as the Stars walloped the Hattiesburg Black Sox, 15-2, in a seven-inning mercy rule.
Chipper Jones made his first appearance of the series, playing in his Hall of Fame game. He was recognized in front of a standing ovation prior to the start of the game. The 2018 Hall of Fame MLB star did not record a hit, but did score in the fourth inning after getting walked. Johnny Bench was also present for the first time as the team manager. The former Cincinnati Red and Hall of Famer spent most of the night in the dugout.
It was all fun-and-games for the Stars. They quickly put up five runs in the first inning to secure a lead that they would not surrender. After allowing one run in the third inning the Stars bounced back in the fourth with an eight-run inning that saw them bat through the line up one and a half times.
Andy Sonnanstine pitched a full four inning to claim the win. No other pitcher went more than two innings. Rick Ankiel and Anthony Lerew pitched in the seventh to close out the game. Lerew wore his Kia Tigers (Korean professional baseball team) jersey.
Leading the offense was catcher John Buck. Buck sent a ball flying into the left field seats for a three-run home run as part of the fourth inning rally. Jayson Werth hit a double to drive in a pair of runs later in the inning. Buck also hit a two-run home run in almost the same spot in the sixth inning.
The Stars have now outscored their opponents 20-2 in two games. They will play on Friday at 7:00 p.m., against the FCSL Futures. The game will salute Johnny Bench and will feature fireworks following the conclusion of the game.
If the Stars win their Friday game they will play in the championship on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. All games will be held at Louisville Slugger Field.