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Walkoff Single by Van Gansen Lifts Northwest League All-Stars to Victory

Walkoff Single by Van Gansen Lifts Northwest League All-Stars to Victory


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly shortstop Peter Van Gansen knocked in the winning run with a 10th-inning walkoff single as the Northwest League All-Stars defeated the Pioneer League All-Stars 6-5 on Tuesday night at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash.

Van Gansen hit the first pitch from Missoula's Dan Savas down the right-field line for the game-winning hit with one out, scoring Spokane's Yeyson Yrizarri.

"I was just going up there, sitting fastball first pitch," Van Gansen told "I got it and I was able to pull it down the line. I wasn't trying to win it, I was trying to get a base hit. I'm just glad it was able to work out like that."

Van Gansen, a 12th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in the MLB Draft in June, also waled twice and received the Top Star Award.

At the All-Star break, Van Gansen is hitting .333 for the Tri-City Dust Devils with six doubles, two triples, a pair of home runs and 18 RBI. He has stolen five bases.

"It means a lot," Van Gansen said of the walkoff single. "It's my first year in the pros. It's been one heck of a ride so far. I'm just loving it out here."

Ex-Mustang first baseman/designated hitter Brian Mundell also played in the all-star game, starting at first base and going 0-for-2. At Boise this summer, Mundell is hitting .267 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 19 RBI with four steals.

Former Mustang outfielder Logan Schafer was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers last Thursday, hours after the club traded away Carlos Gomez to the Houston Astros.

Meanwhile, third baseman Brent Morel, who played three games with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two weeks, was designated for assignment July 25. Six days later, he agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics and has been assigned to Nashville.

Thus, Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues.

In addition to Schafer, the other two are pitchers Bud Norris with the Baltimore Orioles and Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins. Pitcher Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley.

Morel and Mike Miller with the Pawtucket Red Sox are the pair of Mustangs currently playing Triple-A ball.

Pitcher Reed Reilly has been placed on the seven-day disabled list by the Greenville Drive after he was hospitalized following his start July 28 in Charleston (pitching  six innings and allowing two unearned runs). He was treated for a pulmonary embolism, wlil return to Orange County for further treatment and evaluation and likely will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Reilly was voted Greenville's Player of the Month for June after compiling a 1-1 record and 2.49 ERA in four appearances on the mound, holding opposing hitters to a .235 average.

Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.275) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.351) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.274) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.267) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.333) with the Lake Elsinore Storm and Van Gansen (.313) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Jeff Johnson has 19 saves, a 1-1 record and a 1.13 ERA with the Akron RubberDucks. Chase Johnson (San Jose Giants) and Eric Massingham (Stuttgart Reds) both have seven wins this season while Kyle Brueggemann (Rockford Aviators) has six and Matt Imhof (Clearwater Threshers) five.

For updates on all former Cal Poly players in the pro ranks this season, click the link at the top of this story.