The South defeated the North in a high scoring 11-9 ballgame Wednesday night at Cal Poly Pomona.
The star of the night was Andris Rizquez (Lewis & Clark), who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. The OC Surf outfielder was named the first ever SBL all-star MVP.
The North jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as six of the first seven batters got hits. Spencer Rouse (Saints) and Vincent Byrd Jr. (Oilers) had the two RBI knocks and also each scored in the inning.
The South answered with two in the bottom of the first. Luke Hussung (Surf) continued his tear with an RBI single and Niko Holm added an RBI ground to cut the deficit in half to 4-2.
The South cut the deficit half again in the second scoring one run on an RBI single by Jason Bush (Surf).
The South took a lead they wouldn't relinquish in the third inning when Rizquez came through with a bases clearing double to make it a 6-4 game.
The South put up another three-spot in the fifth to increase the lead to 9-4. Alec Petrone (Pirates) had an RBI single.
The North trimmed the margin to two in the sixth as Jake Sahagian (Sliders) had an RBI and Connor Underwood (Sliders) cranked a two-run double.
Andrew Wilson's (Cardinals) RBI single in the bottom of the sixth made it 10-7. The South tacked on another run in the seventh when Charlie Verrone (Pirates) came home to score.
The North continued to fight scoring twice in the eighth. Sahagian knocked in his second run of the game and Underwood knocked in his third run, but the North was unable to plate the two more runs needed to tie the game and ended up falling 11-9.