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North-South All-Star Doubleheader South 6-5, North 3-4

    MONTGOMERY – The South swept the North 6-3 and 5-4 Wednesday night to claim the 2019 AHSAA North-South All-Star softball doubleheader at Lagoon Park. Taylor Heaton of Saraland delivered a clutch two-run double in the top of the third inning to spark the South All-Stars to a 6-3 win in the first game of a twin bill, and Holtville’s Brooke Cooper delivered a single in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in the winning run as the South won game two 5-4.
    With the South's first sweep in the series history, the South closed the gap in the annual summer all-star series to  26 wins for the North, 13 wins for the South and three ties.
    Haley Pittman of Alabama Christian Academy hurled the top of  the sixth inning to get the win. She finished the night with three innings pitched in both games, struck out four and allowed just two hits and one run. She also had a key RBI double in game one and scored once in game two to earn South MVP honors.
    South coaches Pat Love of Tallassee and Satsuma’s Gene “B.J.” Darawicha used six pitchers in the second game with starter Karsen Pierce of Daphne going two innings, allowing four runs but only one earned.  Kaelyn Campbell of Prattville, Cooper, Heaton, Pittman and Rehobeth’s Stephanie Schoonover allowed just two hits the rest of the way – combining to strike out six.
    . over the North in the 2019 North-South All-Star Softball double-header at Lagoon Park. Schoonover, who got the save in game one, struck out all three outs in the seventh inning to get the save in game two as well.
    Ashley Berryman of Hatton started for the North, coached by Barry Brake of Gardendale and Denton Bowling of Hatton, and went 2 2/3 innings allowing two hits, three unearned runs and striking out three. Madison Maze of  Mortimer Jordan, who hurled two strong innings in game one, came on the third inning of game two to shut down a South rally by getting the final two outs with strikeouts.
    Laura Harbin of Buckhorn and Sarah Howell of Oxford each had an RBI double for the North. Emory Bush of Brantley drove in two runs with a single to pace the South’s seven-hit attack. Lauren Lindsey of Baker and Cooper  finished with one hit and one RBI, and Bailey Cox of Baldwin County had a double.
Game 1: South 6, North 3
    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.
    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 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.
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 North-South All-Star Results
Thursday’s North-South All-Star Schedule
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)

Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 26-13-3)
Game 2: South 5, North 4
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series 12-4-1)
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
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)

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