Local baseball players took part in the Central Arkansas All-Star Games Tuesday night, but couldn’t push their North team to a win over the South.
The South stars won a pitcher’s duel in the opener 2-0, then came back in game two with a 16-3 run-rule win.
Cabot’s Zach Patterson got the start for the South in the first game and pitched two scoreless innings.
There were only four hits between the two teams, with the North pitchers combining for a one-hit shutout. Pulaski Academy’s Colin Castleberry got the start for North, while Maumelle’s Adam Bahloul and Abe Young pitched the sixth and seventh innings to earn a hold and a save.
Patterson gave up a double in the first inning, but stranded the runner. The South squad broke through in the fourth inning when Bryant’s Trever Ezell stroked a two-run single following an earlier walk and single.
Jacksonville’s Kaleb Reeves, Sylvan Hills’ Chase Imhoff, North Little Rock’s River Warnock and CAC’s Jack Thomas and Jack Partlow all started for the North team, but were held hitless in the opening game.
The second game was much different as the South team jumped all over the North early and often to cruise to the win.
Reeves was hit by a pitch and reached base in the loss. Partlow, Thomas and Warnock each singled for North, with Partlow also tripling and scoring a run.