Thursday, February 20, 2020






North-South All-Star Baseball South 16-18, North 7-16

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars slugged 24 hits and scored an all-star record 34 runs to sweep the 2019 North-South All-Star Baseball doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium 16-7, 18-16 Tuesday night as the AHSAA All-Star Week got underway.
     South coaches Matt Whitten of Charles Henderson and Stephen Vosel of Montgomery Academy got a strong effort from Benjamin Russell High School rising senior Brett Pitts in both games. The catcher/infielder had one hit and drove in two runs in two at bats in game one and had  two hits, scored three runs and drove in another run in game two. He also hurled the final inning of game two, striking out three while allowing two hits and one earned run to get the save.
      Phillip Ramsey of Central-Phenix City had one hit and two RBIs, Kade Snell of Wicksburg had two hits, including a double, and  two RBIs, Cole McWhorter of Charles Henderson also had two hits and William Aaron of Trinity Presbyterian had a double and drove in three runs to highlight the16-7 opener.
     Grayson Stewart of Providence Christian started and held the North to no hits or runs and had one strikeout in a solid pitching performance. Chance Vaught of Mobile Christian also hurled two hitless innings in relief to get the win. He allowed three earned runs, however, walking five and hitting two while striking out four. John Etheridge of Sweet Water also hurled one inning allowing no runs or hits and striking out one. Jacob Cravey of Andalusia closed out the  game hurling the final two innings. The North spoiled the no-hit bid getting five hits off Craven, who also struck out five.
    Andrew Dutton of Westbrook Christian had a  double and two RBIs for the North, coached by Jared Smith of Bob Jones and Matt Kennedy of Westbrook Christian, in game one. Bob Jones’ Caden Rose, Wesley Sparks of Oxford and Wilson’s Luke Daniel each had a single and RBI. Starting pitcher Brayden Rowe of Corner tossed two strong innings allowing one hit and striking out two. Oneonta’s Daniel McCary gave up four hits and three runs pitching innings three and four to get the loss. The game also had six hit batters, four by the South pitchers and two by the North.
    Game  two was a slugfest from the start. The South scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-1 lead. The North roared back with eight runs in the top of the fourth and scored four more in the top of the sixth to build a 14-9 lead. The South, however, roared back with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 18-14 lead into the top of the seventh inning. Muscle Shoals’ Carson Knight drilled a two-run homer off Pitts in the top of the seventh inning, however, to close the gap to two before the South MVP settled down to close out the game by striking out the side.
    Dutton, the North MVP, also had one hit in the final game. Pitts as a perfect 2-for-2 and was also hit by a pitch and scored three runs.
    Snell had two hits and an RBI for the South, McWhorter had two hits and  two RBIs, and Stewart had a double and two RBIs.
    Cam Hill of Bob Jones stroked a triple and single to plate three runs for the North. Knight finished with two hits and three RBIs, Colin Baeder of Hazel Green had two hits and  two RBIs, and Jacorrian Wrenn of Jackson-Olin socked a triple and single to drive in three runs as the North finished with 12 hits and 15 RBIs.
     Snell started for the South and hurled two strong innings allowing two hits and striking out two.  Richard Brinson of UMS-Wright got the win in relief hurling the fifth and sixth innings.  Wilson hurled one strong inning for the North allowing one hit, one run and striking out three.  Rose closed out the sixth inning getting the final two outs to end the South’s nine-run rally.
     The AHSAA’s 23nd Summer Conference also is in full swing Wednesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with the Coaching School providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

North-South Series All-Time Results
Girls’ Basketball

North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)

Cross Country (at AUM, Wednesday, July 17)
North-South Girls’ race, 7:30 a.m. (series tied 1-1)
North-South Boys’ race, 7:45 a.m. (series tied 1-1)
Soccer (at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, AUM, July 17)
North-South Girls’ match, 5 p.m. (North leads series 15-2-1)
North-South Boys’ match, 7 p.m. (North leads series 11-4-1)
Softball (at Lagoon Park, July 17)
North-South doubleheader, 5 & 7 p.m. (North leads series 25-21-3)
Golf (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both tee off at 8:30 a.m. (first in the series)
Tennis (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both start at 10 a.m. (first in the series)
Volleyball (at Cramton Bowl Multiplex, July 18
North-South match, 4 p.m. (North leads series 14-7)
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)
60th North-South Game, 7 .m. (South leads series 30-27-2)


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