High school baseball: 5A South rallies to top North
Southern teams sweep 68th annual all-star baseball games
OGDEN — With outstanding talent at the plate and on the mound, the 5A South All-Stars went into Saturday night's All-Star game at Lindquist Field as the obvious favorite.
Through four innings though, things weren't looking so hot for the favorites.
Taylorsville ace Dalton Carroll plowed through the South All-Stars in the first three innings, and then Fremont's Preston Akre came in and did the same in the fourth inning as the North All-Stars built a sizable six-run lead.
As the North All-Stars went deeper into its pitching staff though, the South bats started waking up and it never looked back in cruising to the 11-6 win.
"Everybody is just so great and such great athletes, we knew we were going to come back," said Bingham's Brady Lail.
Early on though, it didn't look that way. Taylorsville's Dallas Carroll went 3-for-3 in the first three innings with two RBIs, and along with a bases-loaded throwing error in the second inning, the North built a 6-0 lead through four.
Lail, who's expected to be drafted in Monday's MLB draft, really settled the game down for the South All-Stars when he took the mound in the fifth inning. He struck out four of the seven batters he faced and didn't allow a hit over two innings.
"We're just trying to get used to playing with each other again. When I came out I just tried to do what I've done this whole season and it looked like it helped," said Lail.
The South got back in the game in the fifth scoring four runs on just three hits as Granger's Henri Johnson struggled with his command. It tacked on another run in the fifth, but still trailed 6-5.
The floodgates eventually opened up in the seventh. One batter after Jordan's Mark Krueger opened the inning with a double to left, Pleasant Grove's Rylan Peterson homered to left to put the South All-Stars in front 7-6.
"That was a lot of fun. It's nice to be out here playing with these guys. It's a lot of fun to come out here and not have any stress," said Peterson.
Things went from bad to worse four batters later when a North outfielder dropped what would've been the third out. Alta's Mark Caveness and Jordan's Alex Fife scored on the error, and then McPherron scored on a triple by Cottonwood's Tyler West to increase the lead to 10-6.
As the South All-Star bats heated up, the North cooled down as it only had one hit over the final five innings.
"It's a great night, with all my friends everyone I grew up with. It's just so much fun to be on the field for the last time," said Lail.