The North-South baseball stars battled to a 6-6 tie in game one before the South scored 10 unanswered runs to win 15-3 in the nightcap to open up the 2012 AHSAA All-Star Sports Week events Monday at Montgomery's Paterson Field.
The North now holds a slim 15-10-1 lead in the series which began in 1997.
Game 1: South 6, North 6 (tie)
Shoals Christian’s Will Bishop singled to right field in top of the seventh, scoring Josh Close of Spain Park and Daniel Robert of Briarwood, to give the North a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
G.W. Long’s Trey Walding, who was named the South Most Valuable player, doubled to right field to plate UMS-Wright’s T.J. Dixon to tie the game 6-6. The contest ended after the seven regulation innings.
Hayden Lott had a team-high two hits with a stolen base and an RBI to lead the South. Dixon, Walding and Alex Pescott of Brantley each had a hit and RBI and Tyler Black of Elmore County also had a single.
For the North, Bishop drove in a pair of runs to go along with two hits while Hoover’s Michael Powers and Close had two hits and an RBI.
American Christian’s Addison Moore started on the mound for the North, striking out two while not allowing a hit in two scoreless innings.
Cameron Cummings worked three innings with six strikeouts and allowed three runs on three hits while Kevin Davis recorded five strikeouts in two innings of work for the South.
Game 2: South 15, North 3
The South struck quickly with two runs in the first and eight in the second to build a 10-0 lead. Casey Hughston of Baker drew a bases loaded walk and Cameron Cummings of Chilton County scored when Brandon Davis reached on a fielder’s choice in the opening frame.
Walding, who drove in three runs on a pair of hits, had a two-run single and St. Luke's Dalton Becker an RBI single to highlight the South’s eight-run second.
Kevin Davis of T.R. Miller and Matt Holderfield of Baker added two hits and two RBI apiece for the South. Lott had two hits, including a double and two runs scored, and Becker an RBI single.
Marcus Morrisette had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings of work to get the win for the South. Zach Cunningham was the pitcher of record for the North in game two while Will Bishop had three strikeouts.
Glenn Irby was named the North MVP, going 2-for-3 with an RBI in two games.
All-Star competition continues Tuesday with softball at Lagoon Park at 6 p.m., and girls and boys soccer at Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex at 5 and 7, respectively.