OGDEN -- The result of the game mattered, of course, but what was more important Friday evening was the beginning of what those involved hope become an annual tradition.
The South took a 15-10 victory over the North at Lindquist Field Friday night in the first ever Utah High School Underclassmen All-Star Baseball Game in what North coach Nic Lindley (Mountain Crest) said was a nice opportunity to show off some of the state's best players.
"I think it's great to give these kids a chance to come play against each other," Lindley said. "It's fun to let them come show off their talents. It's a fun atmosphere."
The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh, but the South used a three-run rally to take the lead for good. A run-scoring triple in the eighth from Davis' Bronson Larsen brought the North back to within two, but the South tacked on three more in the bottom half to cushion the lead.
Mountain Crest's Luke Smith went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the North. Bingham's Brennon Lund scored two runs and had a triple, double and walk to pace the South.
In past years, only seniors were able to participate in the yearly statewide all-star games, but the addition of an underclassmen game gives freshmen, sophomores and juniors the chance to be recognized as all-stars, as well.
"It was really fun, and I''m glad they started doing it for the younger kids" said Fremont's Brady Rich, who went 1-for-2 with a walk. "It wasn't a real serious game, so you just got to come out and play and have fun."
Lindquist Field will host the traditional senior-only all-star games today, beginning with the 3-A game at noon.