MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden's Kerstin Bryant tossed four total innings in helping the North All-Stars earn a split with the South in All-Star competition Tuesday night at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.
The North girls pounded out 13 hits in game one to beat the South 12-6, but the South bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-1.
Bryant pitched the third and fourth innings of game one. She gave up a run on three hits and had a strikeout. Bryant also drew a walk and scored a run at the plate.
In game two, Bryant tossed two more innings. She gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. She also had a line drive hit in two at-bats.
The North girls now hold a 25-10-3 edge after Tuesday’s split. South MVP was Rehobeth’s Lauren Rase and North MVP was Riley Honeycutt of Northside.
In game one, 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's winning pitcher. 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 tossed three strong innings to close out the game for the South. She allowed one hit, no runs and struck out five.
In game two, 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. She had a RBI-single in a four-run second inning as the South took control 5-0. Rase 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 a solo homer and a 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 suffered the loss. Pacing the North offensively was Jamie Gregg of Hoover with two hits.