"It's amazing to play with girls like that,'' Baldwin said. "Every batter has the potential to put one over the fence.''
The North tied the third game at 2-all in the top of the third inning on s run-scoring single by Bridgeport's Tori Rovello. The South answered in the bottom of the frame with six runs, punctuated by Baldwin's blast to left field for an 8-2 advantage. Rovello was selected the North's MVP in the final game.
St. Albans' Ali Haynes got the South off to a strong start, firing a three-hit shutout in an 8-0 victory in the opener. Haynes, who also signed with West Virginia State, fanned four and walked one in seven innings and was named MVP. Brooke's Marena Cline, East Fairmont's Kayla Summers and Paden City's Kelsey Loy each singled for the North while University's Jamie Myers was chosen the MVP. Cline also won the bunting contest, scoring 66 points on 10 attempts.
In the second game, Cabell Midland's Morgan Zerkle earned MVP honors after going 2 for 3 with a triple, two runs, three stolen bases and two RBIs as the South clobbered the North 13-1 in a mercy-rule-shortened five innings.
Zerkle, who has signed with Marshall, also captured the 20-yard sprint, which is from home plate to first base, in 2.24 seconds, and the 40-yard sprint, which is from first to third, in 5.19 seconds.
South Charleston's Alli Burdette, who signed with Division I Elon, allowed three hits, one earned run and whiffed nine for the South. Gilmer County's Morgan Allen was the North's MVP after knocking in the lone run.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.