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South All-Stars get victory over North
ANAHEIM – It was reasonable to expect the Orange County All-Star Baseball Game to be pitching-dominated, given the talented arms on the South and North rosters.
Those expectations disappeared in a hurry. Beckman's Zack Rivera led off the game with a home run, and the South rolled on from there with a 10-4 victory over the North on Tuesday at Glover Stadium.
The South extended its lead in the series to 25-20. The game is played by Orange County graduating seniors, and is organized and managed for charity by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim.
The all-stars already were mostly familiar with each other, and not only through high school games but also in the myriad offseason baseball programs and tournaments.
Rivera said there was one player in particular he wanted to see.
"I was excited to face (El Dorado's Kyle) Twomey," Rivera said. "I saw he got drafted high, and I wanted to see what he's got."
Rivera must have liked what he saw, homering off Twomey in the first.
After Rivera's homer, the South added two runs in the first inning as Brett Barker scored on an error and Eric Hutting scored on Garret Brown's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
A five-run third inning pushed the South lead to 8-0. Brandon Smith of Woodbridge, Nick Hsieh of Dana Hills and Alex Trancoso of Estancia had run-scoring singles, and Huntington Beach's Brett Urabe had a two-run single as the South sent 10 batters to the plate.
The South added a run in the top of the fourth inning when Ocean View's Timmy Robinson reached on an error and eventually scored on a throwing error to make it 9-0.
The North was retired 1-2-3 in the first three innings. It got a run in the bottom of the fourth when Conner Sullivan of Orange Lutheran scored on a double play.
Max Bethell of Pacifica hit a two-run home run for the North in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-3. Bethell hit a home run when Pacifica beat Mission Viejo in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs second round.
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