OGDEN -- The South All-Star's offense rolled in the Utah High School All-Star Baseball 3-A game, as the South used 18 hits to beat the North 19-12 at Lindquist Field.
"When I got this roster, I thought we could put up some runs," said South coach Reed Secrist, who recently coached the Snow Canyon Warriors to their second consecutive 3A title. "Obviously, it worked out well for us."
Both teams powered at the plate early, with 9 runs being scored in the first three innings, with the North leading 5-4 after three.
The South broke it open in the top of the fifth inning though, scoring 5 runs to take a 9-5 lead. The South rally started with Uintah's Braiden Labrum walking the bases loaded, before giving up another walk to Desert Hills' Zac Ivie, walking in Snow Canyon's Riley Gates for the tying run. Then, Dixie's Tyson Graff plated two more runs with an RBI double.
The carnage continued in the sixth inning, with eight South runs, highlighted by Spanish Fork's Cam Money hit an RBI triple. The North also scored five runs in the inning, with Ogden's Brian Saunders scoring a notable run on a sharp single from Wasatch's Kyle Kelly, to finish the inning with the South leading, 17-10.
Notable pitching performances include Gates' defensive MVP performance in the 7th inning and Saunders' two strikeout stint in the top of the 8th inning. Payson's Jordan Mellen earned the game victory, while Labrum took the loss.
Cam Money, the game's MVP, went 3-for-3 at the plate, and plated three RBI's with the RBI triple in the sixth inning. Dixie's Tyson Graff scored three runs in the game, including an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Ivie, the game's Offensive MVP, led all hitters with four RBI's, while Saunders led the North with two runs batted in.
"I was seeing the ball great out here today," said Saunders, who reached base in every at-bat. "I saw every pitch right out of the pitcher's hand, and I just saw everything right away."
Stansbury's Wyatt Branch won the Coaches' Award.
The 4-A all-star game ended after the Standard-Examiner went to press.
See a game story at www.standard.net and a wrap-up in Monday's sports section.
The North topped the South 5-4 in extra innings in Friday night's game between juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
Wasatch's Hunter Taggart had the game-winning hits.