John Stefero's two home runs led the Northern Division to a 9-3 victory over the Southern Division in the annual Carolina League All-Star Game tonight at Durham Athetic Park. Art Ray of the Alexandria Dukes was the winning pitcher.
Stefero, a catcher for the Hagerstown Suns who has hit 16 home runs this season, hit a solo home run in the second inning and a three-run homer in the third.
Sterfero is in his third year of professional baseball after signing with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent in 1979. Stefero hit a home run in a Baltimore summer league game that year against a Korean all-star team, caught the eye of an Oriole scout and was signed after the game.
Stefero originally was signed as a third baseman, but was switched to catcher last season at Miami in the Florida State League.
An announced crowd of 4,011 watched the game, the largest crowd to see a Carolina League All-Star Game since 1966.
Starting Northern pitcher Ray gave up a two-run homer to Peninsula's Ed Hearn in the second inning. Ray worked two innings, allowed two runs, walked one and struck out three.
Alexandria first baseman John Schaive was hitless in five at bats. Dukes third baseman Bob Miscik originally was scheduled to play in the game but was sent Monday to Buffalo of the Class AA Eastern League.