Early surge pow­ers South past North stars

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SAL­IS­BURY — A six-run bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning broke a 1-1 tie at the 36th an­nual Bay­side Con­fer­ence Se­nior Base­ball All-Star game Sun­day night, pro­pel­ling the South Bay­side to a 10-5 win over the North.

The game marked the end of the high school base­ball ca­reers for the Class of 2017, 46 of whom were se­lected for the an­nual show­case at Arthur W. Per­due Sta­dium.

“It’s al­ways hard to say good­bye to the kids you’ve coached,” said St. Michaels head coach Brian Femi, who joined four other North coaches to lead their di­vi­sion’s squad. “But it’s also a great op­por­tu­nity to be able to coach the kids you’ve seen for all these years.”

The South took a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first, when Wash­ing­ton’s Drew Leighton made it all the way to third on a dropped fly ball in right field, and scored a mo­ment later on a passed ball.

The North re­sponded in the top of the sec­ond in­ning, when St. Michaels’ C.J. Chansler sin­gled and even­tu­ally scored on a base hit by Mark Con­ner (North Caro­line).

But the pen­du­lum swung in fa­vor of South for good in the home half of the sec­ond in­ning, as the North com­mit­ted three er­rors and al­lowed five un­earned runs.

Gabe Simp­son led off by chop­ping a ball to sec­ond base, which was mis­han­dled. A walk, an RBI sin­gle by Luke Edson, and an­other walk, fol­lowed by an er­ror at short got the big in­ning go­ing. Jake Whit­ting­ton (James M. Bennett) drove in a run with a sin­gle, and an­other scored when the re­lay from home to the plate, fired to sec­ond to stop him, sailed into cen­ter field.

An RBI ground out by Wash­ing­ton’s Jimmy Mans­field capped the rally, which put the South ahead 7-1.

The North’s Pey­ton Lieske (North Dorch­ester) drew a lead­off walk in the fourth and even­tu­ally scored on a fielder’s choice by Cambridge-South Dorch­ester’s Bradley Stan­ton to cut the deficit to 7-2.

But the South an­swered in the bot­tom of the fourth with two runs, Caleb Kline (Bennett) and Ma­like John­son (Wi­comico) driv­ing in runs with hits.

The North put to­gether its big­gest rally of the night in the top half of the sixth. Al­lan Saathoff (North Caro­line) sin­gled, and Chansler, who went 2 for 2 and was named North Most Valu­able Player, dou­bled to left-cen­ter field to score him. Back-to-back ground outs, the sec­ond off the bat of Noah Brack (St. Michaels), scored Chansler to make it 9-4.

Ma­son Blake (North Caro­line) walked, and even­tu­ally scored on an in­field hit by Con­ner to pull the North within 9-5.

That was as close as it got, though, the South adding a run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth to round out the scor­ing.

“I’m go­ing to miss be­ing with my team­mates a lot,” said Chansler, who’s head­ing to the Univer­sity of Mary­land in the fall, study­ing to be­come a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist. “There’s noth­ing as good as go­ing out on top, win­ning the state cham­pi­onship like we did (May 27), but it’s also fun to get in one last game with guys you’ve played against for four years, too.”

Queen Anne’s County right-han­der Chase Porter, who pitched a 1-2-3 bot­tom half of the third, was awarded the North Most Valu­able Pitcher lau­rel. Park­side’s Sean Fisher, who did the same thing in the top of the first, was named the South’s Most Valu­able Pitcher, while Kline (2 for 2, run) was named South Most Valu­able Player.

The win was the South’s sec­ond straight in the se­ries. It won 15-5 in 2015, and last year’s game was rained out. The North holds a 19-15 over­all edge, with the 2007 be­ing called after 10 in­nings when the two teams played to a 3-3 tie.

The North Bay­side ros­ter in­cluded St. Michaels’ Noah Brack, C.J. Chansler, Tucker Hein­lein, and Seth Parks; Colonel Richard­son’s Tyler Stan­ton and Nick Nagel; Kent Is­land’s Tyler Loh; Queen Anne’s Pat Free­man, Chase Klep­per, Jeremy Marvel, and Chase Porter; Kent County’s Bran­don Ia­cona, Josh Ise­man, and Cade Terrill; North Dorch­ester’s A.J. Wil­ley, Zach Revel, Pey­ton Lieske, and Jerome Thomas; Cambridge-SD’s Bradley Stan­ton, Bran­don Tibbs, and Evan Fish­paw; and North Caro­line’s Ma­son Blake, Mark Con­ner, and Al­lan Saathoff. Coach­ing the North were Semi, St. Michaels as­sis­tant Don­nie Gowe, C-SD’s Chad Wolfe, Kent County’s Phil Cy­gan, and Queen Anne’s Chris Fitzger­ald. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

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PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Queen Anne’s Chase Porter, left, and St. Michaels’ C.J. Chansler were hon­ored as the North’s top pitcher and hit­ter, re­spec­tively, dur­ing Sun­day night’s Bay­side se­nior all-star game.

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