Sagely slams North to victory

DECATUR – Alcorn Central’s Sam Sagely put the North on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and the rest was history… literally.
Sagely went 3 for 4 with two home runs and a single to earn North MVP honors and tied the slow-pitch RBI record with seven runs driven in as the North swept the South All-Stars 15-2 and 13-0 in the 2010 Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 1A/2A/3A slow-pitch all-star games at Newton County High School on Friday.
“It feels great to be able to end my high school career this way,” Sagely said. “I’m glad I was able to hit as good as I did because I haven’t played slowpitch in so long. It felt good to be able to help my teammates finish their careers with a win.”
Booneville’s Raleigh Down led off the bottom of the second inning with an inside-the-park home run and Sagely added two run home runs in the second and third innings of Game 1 while Houlka’s Candiace McIntosh’s two-run home run highlighted a 22-hit performance in Game 2 for the North.
“There’s not a whole lot of coaching involved when you have players like that,” said Hamilton and North All-Star coach Lewis Earnest. “You jut throw them out there and let them go.”
Seminary’s Jamie Cochran was named MVP for the South while Eupora’s LaShanda Embry picked up the win for the North.
Look for the Class 4A/5A/6A slow-pitch results in Sunday’s edition of the Journal.

Adam Gore/Special to the Journal