SC all-stars sweep past NC; instate game sees Day 1 split

The South Carolina all-star team managed only one hit against their North Carolina counterparts on Friday, but it was a big one.

Carl Wise of White Knoll High ripped a grand slam in the first inning, all the offense the South squad needed for a 4-0 victory over the Tar Heels and a series sweep of the North Carolina/South Carolina Select All-Star Game at Coastal Carolina’s Watson Stadium.

The South squad loaded the bases in the first inning and Wise unloaded them with one swing of the bat. The South relied on its pitching the rest of the way and shut out the North scoreless and limited them to only three hits. Three South pitchers allowed a total of three hits on the day.

In the other local baseball all-star series, the North and South split Friday’s first round games, with the North’s 3A/2A team taking a 2-1 victory in extra innings. An errant throw by St. James’ Preston Lane allowed the game-winning run to score in the ninth inning.

The South did win in the Class 4A/1A game, scoring a 3-0 win over the North. Carolina Forest pitcher Robert Gray turned in a strong performance. The North/South All-Star tournament continue Saturday at the Ripken Experience.

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