HHS players make mark on All Star gamePublished 7:23pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Four Holtville baseball players helped erase a five-run deficit as their West team came back to tie the East team in the annual Dixie Lions East-West All Star High School Baseball Game Sunday.
The only players from Elmore County in the showcase that pits local talent from Elmore and Montgomery Counties, Hunter Davis, Zach Davis, Brandon Dunn and Gray Geddie all made their mark on the game at Paterson Field in Montgomery.
This year, eight schools were represented.
With the West trailing the East 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Dunn stole second after being reaching on a hit-by-pitch. Hunter Davis and Zach Davis both walked to load the bases. Geddie drew a walk to bring Dunn in to pull the West to 6-2.
Pitching the eighth, Hunter Davis recorded a three-up, three-down inning, including a strikeout, to keep the East squad at bay.
The West started their rally with two outs. Montgomery Academy’s Scott Simmons roped an RBI single. Dean Dubose, from Robert E. Lee, followed with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 6-5. His teammate Xavier Taylor scored Lee’s Josh Flowers to tie the game at 6-6.
Coming back out for the ninth, Hunter Davis allowed a two-out single, before getting a ground ball out to give his team a chance in the bottom of the ninth.
In the bottom half, Dunn reached on an error and stole his second base in front of Hunter Davis’s third walk of the contest. Next batter, Zach Davis struck out to end the game tied at 6-6.
Hunter Davis said it was cool to play in the annual showcase.
“I was kind of honored that they picked me and it was exciting,” Davis said. “It was cool to have some good players to play with. It was fun.”
Holtville head coach Kevin Hall said the experience of playing another game was good for his four players.
“It was good for them to get to play (another) game,” Hall said. “You could tell they were a little rusty. But it was a good experience for them to play with guys from a different area, and see where you stand a little bit.”
The Dixie Lions East-West All Star Game is a fundraiser to support the youth and the Club’s eyesight related service projects.