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North evens Softball All-Star series at 4-4 with 12-3 victory

4:21 PM, Oct. 23, 2012 EDT

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The North All-Star pitching staff struck out 19 batters and the offense had 11 hits on the way to a 12-4 victory over the South in the 8th Annual DeKalb County Senior All-Star Softball Classic at Lakeside on Monday.

The South had its only lead of the game in the first inning at 1-0 when they scored a run despite Lakeside's Marie Collop striking out four batters in the inning. Arabia Mountain's Tynetta Muhammad walked to start the game and moved around to score via a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Collop settled in going on to strike out eight over her three innings of pitching as the North built a lead on the back of a five run outburst in the bottom of the first inning.

The five-run outburst in the bottom of the first to give the North All-Stars the lead for good was keyed by three South errors, a two-run single by Collop and a bunt single for a RBI by Lakeside's Sophia Baur-Waisbord.

The lead increased to 7-1 over the next two innings as Whitney Dixon of Dunwoody hit a sacrifice fly to score Lakeside's Aubrey Blackstock in the second and Collop drew a bases loaded walk in the third to score Clarkston's Payal Patel.

Tucker's Rebecca Adams pitched the fourth and fifth innings striking out five and allowing just one base runner on a single by Tia Bolden of Arabia Mountain with two out in he fifth.

An one-out error and then a RBI groundout by Patel in the fourth pushed the lead to 9-1 and two more errors in the fifth allowed Dunwoody's Kimberly Mandeville to score after walking to lead off the inning for a
10-1 advantage.

Muhammad scored her second run of the game and Towers' Shantell Stephens scored another as a pair of North errors led to two sixth inning runs for the South to trim the lead to 10-3.

Two more errors in the seventh allowed Blackstock and Collop to score to extend the lead back to 12-3.

The South picked up its final run on Brianna Norfleet's RBI single to score Courtney Pringle who had reached on a bunt single and stole second to make the final score of 12-4.

Dunwoody's Stacey Ward closed out the game with back-to-back strikeouts to give her six in three innings of work.

Lakeside's Marie Collop was named the North's Most Valuable Player after striking out 8 in three innings of work, allowing just one unearned run, one walk, one hit while going 2-3 at the plate with three RBI and scoring a pair of runs in the 12-4 victory. It was the second consecutive season for a Lakeside selection to earn the MVP honors for the North All-Stars.

Lakeside's Sophia Baur-Waisbord was 3-4 with an RBI for the North squad.

Lithonia's Brianna Norfleet was 1-4 at the plate and drove in one run while reaching base three times on the day to earn the South MVP honors.
Norfleet became the first Lithonia All-Star selection to be named MVP.

Norfleet's hit was one of just four by the South squad against the North trio of Collop (8 strikeouts), Adams (5 strikeouts) and Ward (6 strikeouts).

2013 - North 12, South 4, at Lakeside, 10/22/2012 Box Score
Team 123 456 78 -- R H E
South 100 002 01 -- 4 4 6
North 511 210 2x -- 12 11 3

WP-Marie Collop (Dunwoody) 1-0
LP-Courtney Pringle (Arabia Mountain) 0-1 SV-None

Marie Collop/Lakeside 3 12 1 8 1 1 0 0
Rebecca Adams/Tucker 2 7 0 5 1 0 0 0
Stacey Ward/Dunwoody 3 15 1 6 2 3 1 1

Courtney Pringle/Arabia 3 23 1 0 9 7 3 1
Alexis Terry/Lithonia 2 11 2 1 1 3 1 1
Shantel Stephens/Towers 2 10 2 1 1 2 0 0

Multiple Hits
South: None
North: Sophia Baur-Waisbord (Lakeside) 3-4, Marie Collop (Lakeside) 2-3

South: None
North: Aubrey Blackstock (Lakeside) 1, Stacey Ward (Dunwoody) 1

South: None
North: None

South: None
North: None

South: Brianna Norfleet (Lithonia) 1
North: Collop (Lakeside) 3, Whitney Dixon (Dunwoody) 2, Baur-Waisbord
(Lakeside) 1

Stolen Bases
South: Courtney Pringle (Arabia) 1, Daquanda Magby (Columbia) 1, Tia Bolden (Arabia) 1
North: Kelly Strychalski (Chamblee) 1, Kyana Johnson (Stephenson) 1

South: Magby (Columbia) 1
North: Payal Patel (Clarkston) 1, Blackstock (Lakeside) 1




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