Benson relishes his big-league experience
Marinette Legion star plays at Miller Park
Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:56 PM
MILWAUKEE — Aaron Benson got to live his big league dreams Sunday evening.
The Marinette Legion standout played in the annual Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game Sunday at Miller Park. The game followed the Milwaukee Brewers’ home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Benson played three innings at third base for the North All-Stars. He didn’t get any action at third base but batted once, flying out to center field.
“It was amazing, a dream come true,” Benson said. “I always wanted to play at Miller Park when I was little.”
After the Brewers’ game and before the Star Spangled Banner, Benson was patted on the shoulder by Brewers all-star Carlos Gomez. He and another Brewers all-star, Jonathan Lucroy, congratulated Benson.
“They treat you like another player pretty much,” Benson said. “It was pretty cool.”
The North All-Stars won 4-3 to break a four-year losing streak against the South.
On Saturday night, players were treated to a barbecue at Radisson Inn.
n Two of Benson’s Marinette Legion teammates and his coach, Brian Lesandrini, were in Grand Chute for Saturday’s annual Fox River Valley Senior Legion All-Star Game at Fox Cities Stadium.
Menominee Red Wave coach Tony Hofer coached the American Conference All-Stars along with Lesandrini and Kewaunee County coach John Bray. The Red Wave had two player representatives — Riley Hegg and Ryan Woods.
For Marinette, Derek Klegin played shortstop and Nate Kallestad played left field.
The National Conference All-Stars rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 9-4.