North All-Stars take walkoff win in all-star game

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, June 2, 2012

PEARL — A stunning comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning will give Warren Central baseball coach Josh Abraham some bragging rights on his brother, Jim Abraham.

Tanner Densford, who was down to his last strike, doubled into the right field corner to drive in two runs to lead Josh Abraham’s North All-Stars to a 12-11 win over the South, which was coached by Jim Abraham of Quitman.

Clyde Kendrick, one of three Warren County All-Stars who played in the game, was on third base when Densford took a 1-2 pitch from East Central’s Ryne Long and took it to right field. Kendrick scored easily to tie the game and Houston’s Danny Springer scored from first to give the North the win.

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“These guys showed why they are All-Stars,” Josh Abraham said. “They played for the full nine innings.”

While happy with the win, Abraham felt bad for his brother’s team, which lost an 11-7 lead in the ninth inning.

“He (Jim) is still the best coach in my family,” Josh Abraham said. “It was a great All-Star game.”

At least it was in terms of game ending theatrics. Overall, the play in the field, wasn’t. The two teams combined for 11 errors. The South made two in the bottom of the ninth to open the door for the North to strike back.

Following the errors, the North reeled off five straight hits, capped by Densford’s game-winner.

“What a dream come true,” Densford said of his decisive hit. He also had a double and scored in the seventh inning and drove Kendrick twice, the first coming off a sac fly in the eighth.”

Kendrick was named the defensive MVP for the North. He had a diving catch in the first inning to rob the South’s D.J. Davis of a hit.

“Whoa, I thought we were 12 feet under going to our last at-bat,” Kendrick said of the 11-7 deficit. “I thought about trying to steal that tying run, but it was better for us to go out swinging.”

Warren Central pitcher Cody Waddell was easily the most impressive pitcher in the game. He entered with the North trailing 11-3 after Kendrick had walked four batters in the sixth.

Waddell pitched 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief. He faced eight batters, struck out three, walked one and allowed no hits.

‘We didn’t want to have to pitch Clyde, but Jake Weathersby of Clinton had arm trouble and we had to pull him and Clyde went into a tough spot without warming up,” Abraham said. “Cody came in after and really shut the door.”

Kendrick finished with a hit, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Vicksburg’s Lamar Anthony played six innings in center.