South River’s Kavi Caster drives home game-winning run and steals two bases

by Dave Johnson (Special to VSN)

A two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the South to a 3-1 win over the North in the 38th annual Brooks Robinson High School Senior All-Star Game, Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The contest was played following the Major League game between the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.

Hunter McKean of Old Mill receives his award as the South’s Most Valuable pitcher.

Will Manship of North Caroline, the South’s Most Valuable Player, started the winning rally with his second single of the game. After stealing second and advancing to third on a groundout, he would score on a RBI single up the middle by Kavi Caster of South River to give the South what would normally be a walk-off 2-1 victory. However, in the All-Star Game format, seven complete innings are played, so Caster would later score to make the final score 3-1.

The South got its other run in the third inning.

Batting lead-off for the South, Nick Newman of St. Michaels lined a single to center on the first pitch in the home half of the first inning, but was left stranded at third base. However, in the third inning, Newnam’s RBI grounder would get the South on the board first. The South would threaten the following inning with consecutive two-out singles by Tyler Shadle of Chesapeake-AA and Manship, but could not score, leaving the South leading 1-0.

The North was held scoreless for the first five innings, mustering only two singles by the its Most Valuable Player, Matthew McTighe of Rockville. McTighe’s single in the fifth inning was erased by a nifty 4-6-3 double-play turned by Nick Cinquanto of Old Mill, Manship and Newnam. Finally in the sixh, the North saw other hitters contribute when Lane Gay led-off the inning with a double down the right field line, followed one batter later by an RBI single by Dalton Shank of Boonsboro, knotting the game at one. Garrett McIlhenny of Calvert Hall followed Shank with an one-out bunt single, but the North could do no more damage.

Gabe Delgado of Howard was the winning pitcher.

The South’s Gabe Delgado of Howard would pitch his second scoreless inning in the top of the seventh inning, to send the game to the home half of the final inning tied 1-1, making him the winner.

James Springer of Bethesda-Chevy Chase pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and was named the North’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. The North’s Chris Chaney also pitched two scoreless innings, overcoming three walks with five strikeouts. Hunter McKean of Old Mill faced one over the minimum in his two scoreless innings on the bump, and was named the South’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. Nick Gatton of Old Mill pitched a perfect third inning for the South. The South has now won the last two Senior All-Star Games, but the North still leads the series, 19-16-2, with one game, 2006, washed out by rain after two innings.

(at Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

North 000 001 0 — 1 5 3
South 001 000 2 — 3 5 2
James Springer, Chris Chaney (3), Reece Early (5), Dylan Young (7); Ryan Terrents, Gabe Delgado (3), Nick Gatton (4), Hunt McKean (5), Gabe Delgado (7).
2B: N-Lane Gray.
RBI: N-Dalton Shank; S-Kavi Caster, Nick Newman.
SB: N-Matthew McTighe; S-Kavi Caster 2, Will Manship 2, Nick Newman 2, Ian Adams.