All-Star game tied after rally in 7th

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 16, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; The George C. Spence East-West All-Star Game ended with an, 8-8, tie and with four players from the area are headed to play in the next round of the series in Camden.

Demopolis pitcher and shortstop David Kent, Selma catcher and first baseman Justin Brown, Livingston pitcher and shortstop Kantrell Campbell and West Blocton first baseman Alex Smith were all tapped by coaches and scouts on hand at the game to move on to the next game. Twenty-five players from six schools competed to impress the scouts and coaches enough to move on to Camden.

West team coach Quintin Jones&8217; team did great early on in the game, scoring half of their points in the first inning. East team coach James Moody, who was coaching his last game in the Demopolis High School home dugout, saw his team score five of its points in the bottom of the seventh, four of which were after the group recorded two outs.

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After the West&8217;s four-run first inning, it would be another inning and a half before the East would put a run on the board in the bottom of the second. They would again score in the bottom of the third to cut the lead in half, before the West came back out with two of their own in the top of the fifth, making it 6-2.

The East would get another run in the bottom of the fifth that would lead to a dry spell until the seventh inning. The West wouldn&8217;t score again until the top of the seventh when a two run inning seemed to lock it up for the group, which headed in to the bottom of the seventh leading 8-3.

But the East would find a stride in the seventh that brought in two different pitchers to stop, leaving the game tied, 8-8. After one out, a walk followed by a double and a player hit by a pitch would load the bases. Five wild pitches and a single through four batters would tie it up in nail biting fashion as the East scrapped out the five runs it needed against overwhelming odds.