Redan’s DeAnthony Baker, who was named MVP of the East squad, drove in four runs and Tucker’s Jake Lovvorn added three RBI for the East, which scored the game’s first seven runs.
After Lovvorn retired the side in the first with a strikeout, Redan’s James Nelson opened the scoring with a two-run double and Baker and Arabia Mountain’s Jakobi Meyers both added RBI singles for a 4-0 cushion.
Then following another solid mound appearance by Lovvorn, Baker doubled to right to plate two more runners. Lovvorn, who finished with three strikeouts in three innings of work, capped the frame with an RBI groundout for a 7-0 lead.
“I feel like we played a really good game,” Baker said. “That first inning really got us out. We all started hitting the ball. Small ball helped us win the game.”
In the fourth, Lakeside’s Will Cosby scored on an error to end the West’s scoring drought. But in the bottom of the frame, Baker, Lovvorn and Stephenson’s Tekwaan Whyte all had run-scoring hits for a 10-1 score.
“I wasn’t surprised to win MVP because I knew I did my job,” said Baker, who played catcher the entire nine innings.
The West scored two runs in the fifth but the East pushed the margin back to 10 with three runs in the sixth. After Lovvorn and Tyler Toombs highlighted a three-run seventh with RBI singles for a 16-3 score, Decatur’s Luke Bumgardner, who was named MVP of the West team, had a bases-clearing double to highlight a four-run ninth.
Arabia Mountain’s Ferede Endalkachew had three strikeouts for the East.