’s’ B.J. Barnes’ two-run single in the bottom of the fourth put the South ahead for good on the way to an 8-2 victory over the North
Juniors in the 4th Annual DeKalb County Junior All-Star Baseball Classic
at Sequoyah Middle School on Thursday.
The South’’s victory broke the North’s three-game streak in the series as
the North now holds a 3-1 advantage in the annual matchup between DeKalb
County’s top junior baseball players.
The game was tied 2-2 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning when the
South mounted a two-out rally against North reliever Andrew Doetsch of
Lakeside. Consecutive two-out hits from Marcus Hodge (SW DeKalb), Joseph
Graves () and Joseph Holmes (Stephenson) loaded the bases to set up
Barnes delivered a hard hit single to right field to plate Hodge and
Graves for the 4-2 lead, but Holmes was thrown out at the plate as right
fielder Sean Wilson (Lakeside) threw home where Doetsch backing up on the
play got the ball to catcher Charlie Madden (Dunwoody) for the final out.
South relievers Barnes (1 inning), Hodge (2 innings) and Arabia Mountain’’s
Jordan Scott (2 innings) teamed up to shut down the North allowing only
four base runners over the final five innings to secure the victory.
The North managed one hit (Wilson), a pair of walks and reached on an
error over those final five innings. The only threat came in the seventh
when Wilson singles and Andrew Conaway (Cross Keys) walked to start the
inning against Hodge. Hodge coaxed a grounder for a double-play and then
recorded a strikeout to end the threat.
The South extended its lead with two runs in the seventh by taking
advantage of an error, wild pitch and a RBI single by Barnes to go up 6-2.
A RBI double by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dar’Kwan Brown and another error
led to two more runs for the South for the final of 8-2.
The North enjoyed an early 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Wilson in the
top of the first inning to score Lakeside teammate Jack Thomas who had
reached on an error.
A two-run third inning put the South up 2-1 on the back of an error and a
double steal as Hodge and Joseph Holmes of Stephenson scored in the inning.
Decatur’s Brett Riley tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth as he drove a
pitch to deep center for a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Jeffery
Jackson of Tucker.
South starter Brandon Baker of Redan went four innings allowing two runs,
one earned, two hits, one walk and striking out five to get the win.
Lakeside’s Doetsch went two innings allowing two runs, four hits and
striking out three in taking the loss for the North.
Barnes finished the game 2 for 3 at the plate with three RBI and a double
while pitching one scoreless inning to earn the Most Valuable Player award
for the South. Lakeside’s Sean Wilson finished 3-4 reaching base in all
four at-bats and adding a RBI and stolen base to earn MVP honors for the
Mark Brock is theAthletics Statistician/Information Officer/Web Manager
for DeKalb County Schools Athletics/East DeKalb Campus.
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