MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AHSAA) – Four pitchers combined to hurled a one-hitter in the first game and squad's bats came alive in the second game to pound out 14 hits in the second game as the North All-Stars beat the South 2-0 and 13-2 to sweep the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star series at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.
Gardendale High School infielder Manning Early stroked a triple in the opening win and had a sine and three RBIs in the nightcap to claim MVP honors for the North. The winners improved their series record to 20-11-1 with the sweep. South MVP was catcher Santiago Garcia.
Cody Greenhill of Russellville, Will Battersby of Spain Park, Taylor Hayes of Piedmont and Carson Hall of Randolph combined to shut out the South in the opening baseball game. Greenhill hurled the first two innings walking one and striking out one to get the win. Battersby gave up a single and walked one in his two innings, Hayes hurled one shutout inning and Hall, who had 10 saves for Randolph as a junior in 2016, notched the save with three strikeouts over the final two innings.
Brantley's Jacob Free started and went three innings, allowing five hits, two unearned runs and striking out one to get the loss for the South. Evan Baber of Central-Phenix City struck out three in one inning of work.
Gordo's Kody Chapman singled and scored on a passed ball for the North's first run in the second inning.
Deshler's Hunter Hill reached safely in the third inning on a throwing error and took secod when the ball rolled into the South dugout. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by James Clemens' Jordan Anderson.
The North took a 4-0 lead in the game two after two innings and added four more runs in the fourth to build a commanding 8-0 lead before the South finally its first hit of the second game. North pitchers held the South batters hitless for 7 1/3 innings over both games. Thomasville's Chad Bryant singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth and Garcia singled in Joseph Booker, who had reached on an error.
The North went on to add three more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to close out the win. Hayes slammed a double and two singles and scored two runs, Decatur's Tanner Burns had two hits and two RBIs, Greenhill and Jared Howell of Sparkman also had triples in the second game. Howell hurled the final inning allowing one hit and a run. Winning pitcher Cade Lemons of Vestavia Hills started and pitched two hitless innings facing the minimum six batters while striking out two to get the win.
The South mustered four hits with Garcia, Bryant, Tanner Allen of UMS-Wright and Christian Waltman of Faith Academy getting one each.
Starting pitcher Jack Knight of Rehobeth hurled the first two innings and got the loss.