SC Baseball Coaches Association Hosts First Day of All-Star Games

The first day of the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game featured 14 senior Chronicle Country players.

Those who played in the All-Star Game for Classes 5A/2A/A featured prominently in the contest won by the South 5-3.

The South took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Chapin’s Matthew Lively scored on a passed ball. It was the first of two points scored by errors for Lively off South.

The North responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Gray Collegiate’s Peyton Starkey had the pick of an RBI defender and Chesterfield’s Colton Starling hit an RBI double.

Dutch Fork’s Blake Martin tied the game at 2-2 late in the second when he scored on a passed ball.

The South regained the lead on a brace from Liberty’s Nolan Evatt to score Lively, who reached on an inside error and advanced to third base on a pitching error.

The North was up late at bat. TL Hanna leadoff batter Fletcher Cothran was hit. After JF Byrnes’ Grayson Selepes reached first, Cothran’s pinch runner reached third base.

Starkey came up to bat and laid down a tight bunt to score the tying run and reach first base. Another walk charged Southside Christian’s Brock Holder to break the tie with a two-run single.

The South blocked a runner in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. He will face the North team at 10 a.m. Wednesday, which lost 8-4 to the South in the 4A/3A all-star game played Tuesday at Gilbert High School.

The match between the North Classes 5A/2A/A and South Classes 4A/3A teams will follow at 12:30 p.m. The event will conclude with the second North-South Select game at 3 p.m.

The South won Tuesday’s game 7-5, led by Brookland-Cayce’s Skylar King three-run homer.

All three games on Wednesday will be at Lexington High School.

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