ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: South salvages split in softball
The North girls pounded 13 hits in game one to beat the South 12-6, and the South bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-1 Tuesday night at Lagoon Park as the 21st AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week all-star competition got underway.
The South salvaged a split in the series that has been dominated through the years by their North counterparts. The North girls, coached by Mortimer Jordan’s Shawn Maze and Josh Graham of Lawrence County, now hold a 25-10-3 edge after Tuesday’s split. The South was coached by Donna Sunnycalb of Saraland and Matt Hendricks of Auburn.
South MVP was Rehobeth’s Lauren Rase and North MVP was Riley Honeycutt of Northside.
Game 1: North 12, South 6
Honeycutt, Lauren Hopper of Lawrence County, Taylor Davis of Sparkman and Sidney Wagnon each had two hits for the North. The winners posted eight runs in the top of the third to break the game open. East Lawrence’s Anna Segars doubled to drive in two runs for the big hit of the inning. Gardendale’s Chaney Phillips also had a double for the North.
The South jumped out to a 3-0 lead off starting pitcher Hannah Hayes of Hazel Green, the North winning hurler. Faith Academy’s Lacey Fincher keyed the rally with a two-run single. Hayes pitched the first three innings, allowed five hits and four runs while striking out two.
Starting pitcher Savanna Holmes of Hale County added a solo homer in the second inning and Baker’s Victoria Ortiz had two hits and two RBIs. Holmes pitched the first two innings yielding four hits and one run. Lacey Spear of Alabama Christian hurled three strong innings to close out the game for the South. She allowed one hit, no runs and struck out five.
Kerstin Bryant of Spring Garden and Bailey Browning of West Limestone also pitched two innings each for the North. Browning allowed one hit and struck out three.
Game 2: South 11, North 1
Rehobeth’s Rase, who played first base and also pitched one inning, was 3-for-3 with four RBIs in game two as the South closed the 2017 series with a victory – its first in this year’s All-Star Sports Week competition. She had an RBI single in a four-run second inning as the South took control 5-0. She drove in two runs with a double in the fifth inning as the South scored three to build 10-1 lead. Rase doubled in another run.
The South clubbed 16 hits with winning pitcher Leanna Johnson of Brantley slugging s solo homer and single. Karsen Mosley of Saraland had two hits and two RBIs, Alexis Austin of Wetumpka had two hits and Hope Mynard of Enterprise had a single, sacrifice fly and two RBIs.
Johnson allowed two hits over the first three innings and struck out one to notch the victory. Holmes, Gracie Deaton of Central-Phenix City, Rase and Spear also pitched one inning each.
Bailey Browning of West Limestone got the loss. Pacing the North offensively was Jamie Gregg of Hoover with two hits.