The South won the Class 4A All-Star baseball series Sunday at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field.
Having blistered the North in first game Saturday night, the South wound up needing a 2-1, extra-inning victory in game three to secure the series win. The North won game two in eight innings, 7-4.
South Umpqua’s Bailey Johnson was in line to get a win in the first game, leaving the game with a 3-2 lead after four complete, but reliever Brett Olivant gave up two runs in the seventh and the South needed a run in the bottom of the inning to force the extra frame. Hunter Holmanson belted a three-run homer off Douglas’ Carter Dahl to give the North the victory.
South catcher Cade Kissel went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the South. The North’s Austin Gerding was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Sam Imbler-Bremner doubled and had two RBIs.
In the second game the South tied the contest in the sixth to force extra innings. Reliever Mickey Luce got the win with six innings of work and scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Luce singled to leadoff the ninth and scored on Aaron Gross’ single. Kissel had a double for the South, while starting pitcher Luke Jackson scattered four hits, struck out two and walked two in six innings.
The North had a double from Sam Blankenship, while starter Logan Saltares gave up one run.
North 200 000 23 — 7 7 0
South 030 000 10 — 4 7 0
Stafford, Virtue (4), Rapp (7) and Aiona; Johnson, Olivant (5), Dahl (8) and Kissel. WP — Rapp. LP — Dahl. HR — Holmanson (N). 2B — Kissel (S), Gerding (N), Imbler-Bremner (N).
South 000 001 001 — 2 5 0
North 000 010 000 — 1 6 0
Jackson, Luce (6) and Dixon, Funk (6); Saltares, Boys (7) and Williams. WP — Luce. LP — Boys. 2B — Kissel (S), Blankenship (N).