The South’s victory broke the North’s three-game streak in the series, as the North now holds a 3-1 advantage in the annual matchup between DeKalb County’s top junior baseball players.
The game was tied 2-2 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning when the South mounted a two-out rally against North reliever Andrew Doetsch of Lakeside. Consecutive two-out hits from Marcus Hodge (SW DeKalb), Joseph Graves (Redan) and Joseph Holmes (Stephenson) loaded the bases to set up Barnes.
Barnes delivered a hard hit single to right field to plate Hodge and
Graves for the 4-2 lead, but Holmes was thrown out at the plate as right
fielder Sean Wilson (Lakeside) threw home where Doetsch backing up on the play got the ball to catcher Charlie Madden (Dunwoody) for the final out.
South relievers Barnes (one inning), Hodge (two innings) and Arabia Mountain’s Jordan Scott (two innings) teamed up to shut down the North allowing only four base runners over the final five innings to secure the victory.
The North managed one hit (Wilson), a pair of walks and reached on an error over those final five innings. The only threat came in the seventh when Wilson singles and Andrew Conaway (Cross Keys) walked to start the inning against Hodge. Hodge coaxed a grounder for a double-play and then
recorded a strikeout to end the threat.
The South extended its lead with two runs in the seventh by taking
advantage of an error, wild pitch and a RBI single by Barnes to go up 6-2.
A RBI double by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dar’Kwan Brown and another error led to two more runs for the South for the final of 8-2.
The North enjoyed an early 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Wilson in the top of the first inning to score Lakeside teammate Jack Thomas who had reached on an error.
A two-run third inning put the South up 2-1 on the back of an error and a double steal as Hodge and Joseph Holmes of Stephenson scored in the inning.
Decatur’s Brett Riley tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth as he drove a pitch to deep center for a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Jeffery Jackson of Tucker.
South starter Brandon Baker of Redan went four innings allowing two runs, one earned, two hits, one walk and striking out five to get the win.
Lakeside’s Doetsch went two innings allowing two runs, four hits and striking out three in taking the loss for the North.
Barnes finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and a double while pitching one scoreless inning to earn the Most Valuable Player award for the South. Lakeside’s Sean Wilson finished 3-4 reaching base in all four at-bats and adding an RBI and stolen base to earn MVP honors for the North.
Dogwood Invitational moves up the rankings
The Dogwood Invitational amateur golf tournament takes place June 25 to 30 at the Druid Hills Golf Club.
The Dogwood comes in as the 13th-ranked amateur tournament in the nation and 25th-ranked in the world.
The tournament is an elite amateur golf championship established to promote the game of amateur golf, raise scholarship funds for undergraduate studies and support junior golf organizations.
This year, the Dogwood has partnered with the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour to hold a junior golf tournament July 16 to 17 where the winner of that tournament will get an automatic entry into the 2013 Dogwood.