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Locals help North sweep

Syer pitches, Clark hits as Deerman-directed North stars sweeps South in baseball

MONTGOMERY – The North, coached by Piedmont assistant David Deerman, swept the South 9-3 and 3-2 Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium to sweep the AHSAA all-star baseball competition.

Outfielder Garrett Bodine of Sparkman had a triple and single and two RBIs in game one for the North and had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning of game two to plate the game-winning run. He was the team’s MVP.

The North trailed 2-1 heading into the final inning of game two but scored twice to take lead. Winning pitcher Christian MacLeod of Huntsville closed out the game facing six batters in the final two innings. He struck out two.

Carson Skipper of Hewitt-Trussville hurled the first three innings for the North while Oxford’s Brody Syer and Will Morrison of Cullman combined with MacLeod to limit the South to just three hits overall.

Syer pitched the fifth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 pitches. Jacksonville second baseman Colton Clark had a hit in two at-bats.

Both players hit in the opener, each going 0-for-2, but Clark scored a run and Syer drove one home with a sacrifice fly.

Calera 6-foot-7 left-hander Jacob Smith hurled the first three innings in game one allowing two hits, two unearned runs and striking out six to get the win. Smith, Hogan Isbell of Colbert County and Garrett Wade of Hartselle combined to strike out 11.

Gabe Shepard of Faith Academy pitched the third inning giving up three runs to take the loss for the South.

Tyler Robertson of Saint James had a hit in each game and played four positions in the field (second base, third base, left and center field) to earn South MVP honors.

Deerman was named a North coach in the game (along with Oneonta’s Brandon Moore) while he was still head coach at Jacksonville. His resignation there to join his brother’s staff at Piedmont did not alter his status.

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