BUFFALO, W.Va. - Sissonville's Bekah Baldwin needed a U-Haul after Thursday's North-South All-Star Classic softball games.
Baldwin's three-run home run powered the South to an 8-2 win over the North in the third and final game to complete a sweep. The South won the first two games 8-0 and 13-1, respectively, at the 21st annual event for graduating seniors.
Baldwin also struck out 10 and surrendered no earned runs in five innings to earn MVP honors. She began the day by winning four of the seven skills competitions, taking the home run derby with seven round-trippers, the overhand and underhand throws at 66 and 60 mph, respectively, and the accuracy throw, tossing nine of 10 balls into a target from 120 feet.
"Whenever I step on the field I try to play the best that I can and I just had a good day,'' smiled Baldwin. "Now I'm going to Michigan to play in a tournament [with my travel team].''
Baldwin's homer came in her final high school at-bat.
"All my hard work paid off,'' she said. "I've been playing and practicing a lot. I got my hitting on track last weekend.''
Baldwin led a young Sissonville squad to the Class AA regional finals after upsetting No. 2 Herbert Hoover in the semifinals. The Indians lost to Wayne, which went on to win its second straight state championship. She has signed with West Virginia State and can't wait to begin the next phase of her career.
"I'm really excited about to see what I can do,'' Baldwin said. "[Just] work hard.''
The South's domination of the North was breathtaking Thursday. The South outscored its counterpart 29-3 and outhit the North 27-12. In addition to Baldwin, Scott's Allyson Johnson homered twice - a three-run shot as a pinch-hitter in the first game and a solo clout in the third game - and Sherman's Mackenzie Smith belted a three-run round-tripper in the second game.
South pitchers allowed only one earned run and struck out 23.