The North all-stars bonded quickly on Saturday night and by the time their 11-6 victory over the South finished, nine players had contributed an RBI or more in the Division III Arizona Baseball Coaches Association all-star game at Surprise Stadium.
With so many players getting in to the offensive act it was difficult to select a most valuable player. Drawing a name out of a hat might have been as fair as any method. Ultimately MVP honors went to Page infielder Tyler Janes. Janes was 2-for-2 with a double, RBI, run scored and stolen base. His double came in the first and delivered the first run of the game -- a game the North never trailed in. The South tied the game at 2 early, but the North strung together five hits and three runs in the fourth to break it open. Its lead was 6-2 after five innings and swelled to 11-2 after 8 thanks to a five-run eighth inning,. This time the five runs were plated with five hits. A shaky ninth allowed the South to score four times and make the final tally respectable.
Joining Janes in the North's RBI parade were Blue Ridge's Bailey Schahn (two), Show Low's James Lewis (two), Blue Ridge's Brazis Horak, Valley Christian's Micah Izquierdo, Snowflake's Nate Kelley, Payson's Nick McMullen, Show Low's Jace Wyatt and Chino Valley's Branden Redfern all with one each.
Redfern was the winning pitcher, hurling scoreless innings in the third and fourth when the North broke the tie. Lewis had the best stint of five North pitchers. Lewis allowed one hit, no runs and struck out four in pitching the fifth and sixth.
Five North players had two hits -- Janes, Izquierdo, Kelley, Holbrook's Nikko Ferniza and Monument Valley's Keanu Mitchell. The North outhit the South 16-7. The South used eight pitchers and although a couple were knocked around they combined for 14 strikeouts.