CONWAY – The West All-Star team combined to pitch six shutout innings in the second game of a doubleheader as it swept the East All-Star team with a 6-1 win at Bear Stadium at the University of Central Arkansas.
The West defeated the East 2-1 in the first game.
White Hall’s Tyler Zuber pitched two innings, striking out five of the eight batters he faced.
“I felt like I had my best stuff,” Zuber said. “My arm felt really well and it felt loose.
“I just felt great.”
After a 1-2-3 fifth, Zuber ran into some trouble in the sixth. With one out, he walked a batter and then committed an error to put runners at first and second.
He struck out the next two batters to escape the jam.
“I’ve been playing and pitching all summer,” Zuber said. “I’ve been doing everything. I just think being at the All-Star game kind of amped me up a bit.
“My arm was just feeling good.”
Zuber had just two plate appearances in the doubleheader as he finished 0 for 2 with a strikeout.
“It feels great,” Zuber said. “It is always fun to get a sweep.”
Zuber will join Arkansas State in the fall.
“I’m really excited to go up there,” Zuber said. “If I could have stayed up there all summer, I would have.
“That’s how much I wanted to be there.”
In the second game, the West scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Andrew Seymour hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to give the West its final runs of the game.
The East finally got on the board in the seventh inning.
Austin Gardner led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a stolen base. He later scored on an error.
After Eric Wilcoxson singled, Stuttgart’s Dontrell Brown – the Southeast Arkansas quarterback of the year – singled through the hole on the left side to put runners at first and second with no body out.
“A lot of guys don’t get the chance to play, so it feels good and I had fun,” Brown said. “It was nice to meet new guys and play ball with them.”
Brown led the Stuttgart football team to a state championship and finished runner-up at the 4A state baseball championship. He will play for Arkansas Baptist in the fall.
“I just want to get better and gain some more experience in higher baseball,” Brown said.
In game two, Joey Pinney was credited for the West with the win after pitching two hitless innings. He struck out one and walked one. For the East, Michael Haun was tagged with the loss after an inning of work. He gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit with a walk and a strikeout.
Monticello’s Will Naron pitched an inning of work in game two. He gave up two runs (both earned) on three hits with two strikeouts.
The West scored its two runs in the first game with a pair of solo home runs. Vilonia’s Bryan Ayers hit a solo shot over the left field wall to give the West a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Ayers was named the game’s MVP after he finished 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI in the doubleheader. He was also credited with the win after pitching two scoreless innings in the first game. He allowed just one hit with three strikeouts.
Spencer Boudrey hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning to tie the game.
The East’s only lead of the doubleheader came in the top of the first when William McCauley hit an RBI single.
Star City’s Zach House had three plate appearances in the doubleheader with one walk. Fordyce’s Cole Johnson had a single in the first game but was thrown out at second after trying to steal.
The All-Star games will continue today with the girls and boys soccer games scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Conway High School. The All-Star volleyball game will be held at the Prince Center at UCA beginning at 7 p.m.
Clark wins West MVP
CONWAY – The West and East All-Star softball teams split a doubleheader on Tuesday at Farris Field at the University of Central Arkansas.
White Hall’s Sydnee Clark was named the MVP for the West team after she pitched three scoreless innings and was the winner for Game 2.
In Game 1, the West had a five-run lead at one time, but a five-run inning by the East – capped off by Monticello’s Ashleigh White’s two-run single – gave the East the lead.
White Hall’s Rachel Box had an RBI single in the West’s five run third in Game 1. Sheridan’s Allison Stipes ended the outburst with an RBI groundout.
In the All-Star softball game, a team cannot score more than five runs an inning.
In Game 2, the West erupted for five runs in the fifth, including a two-run single by Farmington’s Payton Wiedner.