CF teammates Gray, Orlando pitch South to tourney title

Former Carolina Forest teammates Robert Gray and Chris Orlando got one last chance to play a baseball game together on Saturday, and they made the most of it.

Gray got the start for the South squad in the North-South All-Star championship game and threw three no-hit innings, then Orlando stepped in for relief later to work three scoreless frames as the South Class 4A/1A team battled to a 5-4 victory over the North 3A/2A squad in nine innings.

Playing their final high school game as teammates at the Ripken Experience fields, both pitchers were virtually untouchable in posting goose eggs in their respective three innings on the mound. The North broke the deadlock with three runs in the fourth before Orlando came in to hold them down.

The South rallied behind tournament MVP Lorenzo Wright, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, three stolen bases and one game-winning run scored. He also helped the South tie it up at 3-all in the sixth, then score two more runs in the ninth for the victory and tournament title.

In the third-place game, the North 4A/1A team scored a 4-2 victory over the South 3A/2A squad.

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