North 1-9, South 2-8
MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the top of the seventh inning to plate six runs and posted as 9-8 win over the South to preserve a split in the All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball series played at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.
The South posted a 2-1 win in the first game and appeared to be in command of game two after scoring five runs in the bottom of the second. The big hit was a bases-loaded triple by Opelika’s Matthew Christian.
Payton Stracener of Colbert County got the rally started when Christian, pitching in relief, hit him on an two-strike pitch. Hoover’s Trey Davis doubled for his second hit of the game and third of the doubleheader to put runners on second and third. Stracener was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice, Oneonta’s Luke Wall singled, and Joseph McCormick of Oak Mountain followed with a two-RB I single.
Dalton Cobb of Alexandria drove in one run and Carson Cupo plated two with triples to close out the rally.
Stephan Poplin of Thompson hurled pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits, no runs and striking out two to get the win. Christian got the loss.
Hewitt-Trussville’s Carter Pharis also had as triple for the North, which finished with three for the game.
Davis was named the North MVP and Chase Smart of Charles Henderson, the South MVP.
South 2, North 1
Catcher Chase Smartt, who helped Charles Henderson High School claim the 2013 and 2014 Class 4A state baseball titles, slugged a double in the first inning and drove in both South runs in the top of the fifth with a single to break open a scoreless tie.
Smartt drove in UMS-Wright’s Brett Patterson, who reached on a walk, and Marbury’s Jared Dixon, who followed with a single.
The North managed all three of its first-game hits in the bottom of the fifth with Sylacauga’s Will Green socking a double, Payton Stracener following with a single and Hoover’s Trey Davis plating Green with a single.
Alabama Christian’s Chandler Taylor hurled three hitless innings to start the game for the South. Headland’s Sam Harrison got the win. Green got the loss.
The North holds an 18-11-1 edge in the series which dates back to 1997.