South rallies past North to clinch 6A/5A baseball All-Star series
North Medford's Justin Geyer went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and an RBI, and Churchill's Zack Trivett added a double and three RBIs, lifting the South to a series-clinching 12-9 win over the North in Sunday's Daimler Oregon All-Star baseball series at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
The North won Saturday's series opener 11-5 , and then the South bounced back with a 9-5 win in the first half of Sunday's double-header to even the series at a game apiece.
In the rubber game, the South 11 batters to the plate in the first inning against North starter Callan McCrae of Beaverton and scored seven runs on six hits -- five for extra bases -- one walk, and one North error to take a 7-0 lead.
Trailing 10-4 in the fifth, the North scored five runs on four hits with two walks to climb with in a run, but the South answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning that helped put the game out of reach.
Churchill's Jose Chavez was recognized as the series Most Valuable Player after going 4 for 7 with two walks, a double and four RBIs for the South.
For the North, Putnam's Sam Booth had at least one hit in each of the three games, finishing 4 for 9 with four runs scored, while Clackamas' Jordan Mambaje went 3 for 6 with two RBIs in the series.
Milwaukie's Bradley McVay, the third of four pitchers used in Saturday's series opener, earned credit for the victory after throwing two innings of relief and allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
In Game 2 on Sunday, the North took a 5-3 lead into the sixth inning when the South scored six runs, capitalizing on seven walks, one hit batter, and bases-loaded triple by South Eugene's Isaiah Molaski to turn the game and the series.
Oregon City's DeQuahn Dennis-Lee, who started at quarterback for the North in Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl all-star football game in Hillsboro, played in both Sunday games, going a combined 0-for-4 with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored. He also threw one inning of relief in the series finale, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks.
Clackamas' K.C. Reilly saw action in all three games for the North, finishing 1-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base, while also throwing one inning of shutout relief in Sunday's finale.