HARRISON COUNTY-- The East team scored three ninth inning runs to beat the West 5-4 in the 21st annual South Mississippi Futures All-Star Baseball Classic on Saturday at West Harrison High School.
The East entered the ninth trailing 3-2. Lanas Torrey tied the game. Cooper Brune's two-run hit put the East up 5-3.
"It was an offensive struggle for both teams for most of the game," said East coach Brent Martin of Biloxi. "When it came down to it, our pitchers kept us in the game, gave us a chance. A big two-out knock with Cooper Brune from Ocean Springs was able to put us on top, and that was the difference."
The West still had a chance to come back in the ninth. Stone's Mason Hunt singled and Pass Christian's Chris Piernas walked. St. Stanislaus' Brendan Logan laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases.
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Bay High's Gage Kiser drove in a run, cutting the gap to 5-4.
"Brendan did a great job coming and getting the bunt down, to move the runners over and putting them in scoring position," said West coach coach Drew Esslinger of Picayune. "We squandered that opportunity right there. We didn't really do our job to get the guys in. We had a good sac fly to make it a one-run game. We had two runners in scoring position, but we didn't quite get it done."
Brune was named Most Valuable Offensive player for the East All-Stars. Brison Scott of George County was selected the East's Most Valuable Player.
West Harrison's Brandon Parker was named the West's Most Valuable Offensive player. Harrison Central's Jordan Harris was named the West's Most Valuable Defensive Player.
The Seniors All-Star game will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at West Harrison.