Several area players to compete in All-Star game

Published 10:27 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

The 31st annual MAC All-Star Girls Slow Pitch Softball Games will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Mack Fanning Field at Newton County High School on Hwy. 503 in Decatur.

Tickets for the games are $5 per person for general admission seating.

Players competing from the area are West Lincoln’s Makennah Redd and Sarah Jane Doty, Lawrence County’s Callie Fortenberry and Amanda Ruhsing, Brookhaven’s Macy Ziskin and Bogue Chitto’s Terrah Nelson.

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The game day schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 29, Noon

Game 1, Slow Pitch Class 1A/2A/3A (North v. South)

Immediately following Game 1:

Game 2, Slow Pitch Class 4A/5A/6A (North v. South)

Immediately following the 4A/5A/6A game:

Full squad introductions of all slow pitch all-star players, all classes (approximately 2 p.m.)

Immediately following full squad player introductions:

Game 3:  1A/2A/3A game loser vs. 4A/5A/6A game loser

Game 4:  1A/2A/3A game winner vs. 4A/5A/6A game winner.

The 1A/2A/3A North slow pitch squad will be coached by Andy Richey of Wheeler and assistant coach Jeremy Duke of Smithville while the South team will be guided by Andrew Redd of West Lincoln and assistant coach Luke Addison of West Lincoln. 

The 4A/5A/6A North slow pitch coaches are Dana McGivney of Warren Central and assistant coach Randy Broome of Warren Central while the South squad is led by Mike Armstrong of Northwest Rankin and Britt Bennett of Northwest Rankin.

The All Star Slow Pitch softball games feature a North versus South format and a one-game series per classification.  After the format was changed in 2006 and again in 2014, the North leads the 1A/2A/3A slow pitch series 5-1-5 and the 4A/5A/6A games by a tally of 7-2-2.  In the 2015 1A/2A/3A game, the North overpowered the South 22-5 in 6 innings on the 10-run rule to increase the series lead to 5-1-5 series lead.   

In the 4A/5A/6A game, the North defeated the South 16 to 14 to push the North’s overall series lead to 7-2-2.

In the overall meetings between the smaller and larger classifications, the South 4A/5A/6A team beat the South 1A/2A/3A squad 15 to 5 in 6 innings on a 10-run rule. 

The championship game between the North 4A/5A/6A squad and the North 1A/2A/3A team was cancelled after one inning due to inclement weather and declared a no contest leaving the overall series deadlocked at 1-1-1.