Tony Hicks, the game's most valuable player, tripled and scored the go-ahead run as the North defeated the South, 4-3, in the Crown high school all-star baseball game for Maryland seniors today at Memorial Stadium.
Hicks, from Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore, led off the sixth inning with a 400-foot smash to center for a stand-up triple. He scored one out later when Dennis Wiseman's pitch escaped catcher Julio Aristy.
Churchill's Todd Emde earned the most valuable pitcher award for pitching two no-hit innings for the South team. Emde recorded two strikeouts and a walk while facing seven batters.
In the first, the South couldn't score despite loading the bases. Mike Rolses struck out DuVal's Bruce Ford before retiring the next two batters.
The North took a 2-0 lead in the second. Rolses got an infield single and went to third on Hicks' single to right. Middletown's Dell Ahalt sacrificed one runner across and Duane Rhine's infield single sent Hicks home.
The South made it 2-1 when Dave Denhardt walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning.
The South went ahead, 3-2, in the fourth on three consecutive singles by Gary Myers, Allen Jones and Scott Vail and Lou Holcomb's sacrifice fly. The North tied it when Wiseman walked Jim Koslowski and yielded a double to Milford Mill's Brian Jordan in the fifth.