Thursday, February 20, 2020






North-South Baseball Game 1 North 6, South 2

    The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2 in the 19th AHSAA North-South All-Star Series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday. Game 2 was still underway Monday night.
    Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
    The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
    Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on  wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
     Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
    Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of  Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener. The North improved to 19-11-1 in the series with the win, which dates back to 1997.
    The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery. The all-star games are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex.  Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at

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