Before Tuesday night’s Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games at Canal Park, Scott Koenig, who normally manages Cuyahoga Falls and was one of the managers selected to lead the Summit Gold team, wandered into the batting cages.

Koenig had already decided his pitching plan — each of the seven pitchers was going to throw an inning — but still needed to figure out his batting order. Koenig and his fellow managers decided to go with a “roster bat,” meaning everyone on the roster would get at least one opportunity to hit.

Their plan worked. The pitching staff threw seven innings of four-hit ball, and a two-run double by Donny Watters helped key an 8-0 win over Summit Black.

“It’s really special,” Koenig said of the all-star game. “They’ve worked hard competing for the past four years, they earned the right to be here. This is a type of venue they may never get to play in again. It’s something special.”

Summit Black came into the game in an interesting position, as their team was composed of players from both Summit and Lake counties, meaning that many of the players weren’t familiar with each other, but that didn’t seem to matter.

“A lot of them made new friends tonight,” Koenig said. “Some knew of each other vaguely from high school or travel ball; now they’re teammates for a night. At the beginning of the game, it’s really quiet, and by the end of the game, they’re buddy-buddy, asking each other questions. It’s a pretty fun night.”

Summit Black’s pitching dominance was evident from the outset, as starter Tyler Hays (Copley) worked around a two-out single to throw a scoreless inning. In relief, Dominic Motta (Wickliffe), Jameson Campbell (Painesville Riverside), and Austin Webb (Wadsworth) each threw perfect innings.

“It’s nothing like having seven number ones go out and throw, and the defense was flawless,”

Koenig said. “All you have to do is throw it over the plate ... these kids are higher-level players. They know how to play the game. They know when to steal bases, they know when to take an extra base.”

Summit Black scratched a run out in the first inning on an RBI single by Jack Lausin (Mentor Lake Catholic) and brought three across in the second on RBI groundouts by Austin Webb (Wadsworth) and John Henry Jr. (Kenmore-Garfield) and a passed ball that allowed Ryan Lipps (Kirtland) to score.

After adding two runs in the third inning, Summit Black’s knockout blow came in the fifth when Donny Watters (Perry, Lake County) roped a two-run double to left-center field.

Alex Cramer (Stow) was the only member of Summit Black to reach scoring position after when he stole second after his third-inning single. Isaac Wiley (Hudson) and Nolan Quinn (Walsh Jesuit) both threw scoreless innings for Summit Gold.

Summit Black received 10 walks and a hit by pitch off Summit Gold pitching.

“They’re seasoned baseball players,” Koenig said of his team. “They’ve been trained well by their coaches on their teams to know when you’re ahead to take a pitch. Make them throw strikes. Our guys sat back and waited for their pitches.”

Portage/Trumbull wins

Southeast catcher Gabe Carrington delivered the game-winning hit in a walk-off win for the Portage/Trumbull all-stars in a 5-4 victory over the Ashland/Columbiana/Mahoning all-stars.

Rootstown’s Cameron Miller added two singles — an RBI drive up the middle in the fourth and a fifth-inning liner between first and second.

Carrington’s game-winning hit was the final blow in a game that went back and forth.

Behind 3-0, Portage/Trumbull rallied in the fourth as Howland’s Hayden Parker led off with a single and Champion’s Drake Batcho followed with a walk. Carrington hit what could have been a double-play grounder, but the throw from short to second went into the outfield and a run scored.

Miller made it 3-2 with a liner up the middle.

Crestwood senior Bryce Honeycutt followed with a solid squeeze bunt toward the first-base line — but the potential game-tying runner froze off third and was bailed out when Ashland/Columbiana/Mahoning botched the rundown for a tie score. Warren Harding’s Dontai Young beat out a soft grounder to short to make it 4-3 Portage/Trumbull.

Ashland/Columbiana/Mahoning tied the score in the sixth to set up Carrington’s game-winner.