Palka finished the game 3-for-4, with a double and a stolen base. He earned the start at first base, alongside fellow Gatemen and Yellow Jacket rising junior Mott Hyde, a former Calhoun High star, at second base. Hyde was 0-for-2, but reached twice via a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Palka and Hyde combined for a 5-4-3 double play that ended the second inning.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with East MVP, Stanford’s Alex Blandino, scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. There were no extra innings.
Palka becomes the third straight Gatemen to earn West MVP honors, and is the third Yellow Jacket all-time to garner All-Star Game MVP accolades in the prestigious Cape Cod League, joining Matt Murton (2001, Wareham) and Mark Teixiera (1999, Orleans). Murton now plays professionally in Japan, and Teixiera is a New York Yankee.
At the all-star break, Palka is hitting .285, is tied for the league lead with 10 home runs and is fourth in the league with 30 RBI. Hyde is a red-hot .301 at the break, with seven doubles, four homers and 19 RBI.
Wareham is 15-19 overall, and with 10 games remaining in the regular season, trails West leading Cotuit by seven games.
Hyde is coming off his sophomore season at Georgia Tech in which he hit .266 with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and 11 doubles. He also had 10 steals as the Jackets went on a late-season surge that included going 4-0 in Greensboro, N.C. to win the ACC Championship after qualifying for the ACC Tournament on the final day of the regular season.
Hyde was a multi-time member of the RN-T All-Area Team in high school.