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North-South All-Star Doubleheader Game 1: South 6, North 3

    MONTGOMERY – Taylor Heaton of Saraland delivered a clutch two-run double in the top of the third inning Wednesday night to spark the South All-Stars to a 6-3 win in the first game of a twinbill over the North in the 2019 North-South All-Star Softball double-header at Lagoon Park.
   Game two was set to follow at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Heaton’s double gave the South a 5-1 lead and the North could never recover. Bailey Cox of Baldwin County also socked two hits, stole a base and drove in one run for the South, coached by Tallassee’s Pat Love and Satsuma’s Gene “B.J.” Darawicha. Haley Pittman of Alabama Christian Academy also had a double and and RBI and struck out three in two strong innings in the circle.
     Jaala Torrence of Northview was the starting pitcher and got the win allowing one hit over two innings. She also struck out three. Heaton tossed one shutout inning in the fifth and Rehobeth’s Stephanie Schoonover pitched the final two innings to get the save. She allowed one hit, one run and struck out three.
    The North, coached by Gardendale’s Barry Brake and Hatton’s Denton Bowling, managed just four hits with Aubree Todd of Athens Bible singling in one run and Kamryn Warman picking up another RBI on a fielder’s choice.
     The North used four pitchers with starter Sydney Hall of Ardmore pitching the first three inning to get the loss. She allowed six hits, two earned runs and struck out two. Madison Maze of Mortimer Jordan allowed no runs and one hit over the next two innings and struck out two. Emma Broadfoot of Danville hurled one shutout inning and Emily Robinson of Springville gave up one unearned run and struck out two pitching the top of the seventh.
              The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosts the North-South All-Star competition held annually at the AHSAA Summer Conference. The conference, which includes more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center through Friday.
    The all-star competition closes out Thursday with North-South golf and tennis for boys and girls at Montgomery Country Club. Golf tees off  at 8 :30 a.m., and tennis commences at 10 a.m. The North-South Volleyball All-Star match will be at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
     The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming. Tom Loreman is the producer with Central students Haley McDonald, Ellison Laney and Emma Spitnagel are serving as the Network crew. Stephanie Snyder of the Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP is also producing the soccer competition today.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY:   The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
    The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include:  principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
    The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.

2019 AHSAA All-Star Sports Week Results
Softball (at Lagoon Park, Wednesday, July 17)
Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 25-22-3)
Game 2: 7:30 p.m.
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)
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 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)

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