BALTIMORE, JUNE 17 -- Ricky Farley's speed on the bases was the catalyst for the North today in the Maryland high school all-star baseball game at Memorial Stadium. The Mervo High senior scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth to lead the North to a 4-2 victory over the South in the ninth annual meeting.

The North scored two go-ahead runs in the fifth. Farley elicted the loudest cheers from those fans who remained after the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox when he showed his base running prowess. After beating out the throw on what appeared a routine grounder to third, he blew right by second and took third on an errant pickoff attempt. He then scored on Jason Kasch's single to right.

"I just put my head down and tried to beat {the throw} out," Farley said. "In the first inning, the throw just got me so I made sure it wouldn't again."

After Kasch advanced to third on a groundout, pitcher Ken Sheperd (LaPlata) threw a wild pitch that enabled the Brunswick senior to score the North's fourth run.

The South squad comprised players from schools south of the Baltimore city line, including the Eastern Shore. The North included the city of Baltimore as well as all counties north and westward. The North holds a 6-3 edge in the series. Members of each squad were selected by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.

"The kids put on a good show today," Steve Williams, one of the North's coaches, said. "It's a thrill to play here; I'm still sad they're going to tear this stadium down."

The North opened the scoring with two runs in the third. Liberty's Scott Sharp lined cleanly to right, the ball barely sailing by outstretched Casey Hoch at second. After stealing second, Sharp reached third when the next batter, Mark Fox, struck out but reached first when the pitch eluded catcher Frank Malfettone (Laurel).

Sharp scored on Don Russell's single to left; Fox followed two batters later on a bases-loaded walk. But the South tied the score quickly, scoring two runs off Perry Hall pitcher Tim Nizer in the top of the fifth. After Aaron Burley (Oakland Mills) and Mike Arenth (Arundel) hit consecutive one-out singles, Burley scored on a grounder to short. Heady base running by Arenth prevented the double play as he glided all the way to third.

The next batter, Chesapeake's Frank Billings, hit a potentially inning-ending grounder to first, but the ball skipped by McDonough's Ryan Hendricks -- son of Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks -- and Arenth crossed the plate with the tying run.

Starter John Cutter (Beall) opened strong in the first inning, withstanding a brief, and swift, scare from Arenth, who drew a one-out walk then stole second and third. Cutter struck out the next two batters.

Cutter was not the only one sidestepping a potential rally. DeMatha's Jeff Bounds, who started for the South, yielded Chris Lafferman's one-out triple to deepest center field. The next batter, Mount Savage's Scott DeHaven, walked and stole second.

Bounds struck out Smithburg's James Updegraff, then induced Mount St. Joseph's Bill Dunn to pop to short, preserving the shutout for the time being.