Meridian Star


June 1, 2014

4-6A South pulls out 4-3 win against North

JACKSON —     Austin Harrison and Ryan Lane may have fallen short with the rest of the North Squad Saturday afternoon, 4-3, but both contributed in a strong effort by the North in what was the final game of both their high school careers.

    In the D.M. Howie Mississippi High School Class 4-6A All-Star game at Smith-Wills Stadium, Lane from West Lauderdale High School and Harrison from Neshoba Central High School had a couple of standout moments . Lane would pitch the bottom of the third inning for the North, while Harrison had the bottom of the fifth inning on the mound.

    Lane surrendered one unearned run on two hits and one walk in his only inning on the mound while battling a passing shower, and Harrison allowed no runs on one hit while striking out three.

    “It was a pretty good feeling,” Lane said afterward. “They were a really good team with a bunch of good players. Rain came down and the ball started getting a little slick, so I had a little trouble gripping all my pitches I usually throw, but everything went well. It was a good day.”

    Harrison said it was a pleasure playing in the All-Star game, and it felt good to toss a scoreless inning in a close effort by the North.

    “It felt awesome,” Harrison said. “I had a pretty good day on the mound and had an RBI. It’s been a really great day. My slider was my best pitch today, and my fastball was also working really well.”

    That RBI came on a fielder’s choice groundout that drove in Lane from third base in the top of the seventh inning. Lane had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice.

    After pitching, Lane manned first base for several innings, while Harrison slid over to catcher after his outing on the mound. And Lane had a spectacular play in the bottom of the sixth inning, ranging to his left to snag a line drive foul ball for an out.

    “I saw it was foul and I just reached for it, dove for it a little bit and caught it,” Lane said.

    The South’s win was a sweet feeling for a pair of Newton County High School players, Cale Hollingsworth and Peyton Cain, who played catcher and first base, respectively. Though neither got a hit Saturday, both said it was an honor to be a part of the victorious South Team.

    “It was fun,” Cain said. “It was really relaxed. We were out there just kind of having fun and playing loose, doing whatever we wanted to do. I’m glad we won.”

    Said Hollingsworth, “It was really good baseball against really good players. It was a lot of fun.”

    Both Newton County players had to wait several innings to get game action, and Hollingsworth admitted it was difficult to settle in after waiting your turn for a few innings.

    “It’s pretty hard being tight and not being stretched out,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s pretty difficult coming off the bench like that.”

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