By KEVIN WEAKS
Clay Treece kept his team close early. Ryan Prince gave his squad a chance late.
Neither came away with the decision, but both pitched well as Treece’s Gray team posted a 9-6 win over Prince’s Red squad in the 6th annual West Tennessee High School All-Star Game on Tuesday at The Ballpark in Jackson.
The home of the Jackson Generals professional minor league baseball team played host to some of the region’s top players. The two squads combined for 24 hits, seven errors, 22 strikeouts, eight walks and 15 runners left on base in addition to the 15 runs.
Very little of the damage was done against the two representatives from Obion County.
Treece, who recently wrapped up a stellar season for Union City, was the Gray team’s starter and allowed two runs on two hits with one walk in facing 10 batters over two innings.
He threw 38 pitches, 25 for strikes, and had five ground balls and one fly ball.
Neither run against Treece was earned. Ethan Mayberry of Jackson Christian walked and scored on a fielding error by Trenton’s Tyler Gatlin in the first inning, while Dylan Walters from Dyersburg tagged a one-out single and used two miscues to come around for a run in the second frame.
Still, Treece left with his team trailing only 2-1, and then the Gray-shirted stars took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the third frame and broke out with four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to lead 9-4 going into the seventh inning.
Thanks to South Fulton’s ace on the mound, the Gray bunch never scored again.
Prince closed out the game for the Red stars, striking out three while allowing three hits and a walk.
In tossing three scoreless innings, Prince got 28 of his 41 pitches in the strike zone, getting four ground balls and two flies. He faced 12 batters.
A Red rally looked to be in the plans in the bottom of the seventh inning when USJ’s Chase Hensley led off with a double and Dylan Moore of Hardin County ripped a home run over the high wall in leftfield to slice the margin to 9-6.
Huntingdon’s Garrett Green got out of the inning with a pair of ground-outs, and then Crockett County’s Cotton Kail posted six straight outs in the final two innings for the save.
UC’s Drake Parker and Drew Cooley were also picked for the team but were unable to attend as both are in Hawaii on a vacation that was planned long before the all-star picks were made.
After the game, Moore was named the game’s top offensive player, Gray’s Tyler Hardin of USJ was named the top defensive player, Gray’s Dylan Slater of Trenton earned best pitcher honors and another Gray player, Adam Taylor of Liberty, was the MVP.
Published in The Messenger 6.5.13