Cottonwood's Justin Weidauer drove in three runs with a double and two-run homer to help the North 4-A All Stars to an 8-3 victory over the South during the 47th annual event played at Ogden's Serge B. Simmons Field Monday night.
Ironically, the home run was Weidauer's first of the entire season, and it came on a high fastball to the outside of the plate off the arm of West Jordan's Brandon Kuder."It was a good pitch on the outside corner, and I just kind of went with it," said the talented 6-7 Weidauer, who will play basketball at BYU next year. He was MVP for the game.
The contest began as a defensive battle, both teams looking sharp in the field early. The North scored twice in the top of the first as South starter Kevin Lewis of American Fork walked four batters and surrendered singles to Layton's Brett Burton and Brighton's Jason Hagen. The South tied the game at 2-all in the second, as Bryan Johnson of West Jordan doubled in Bingham's Tony Maio and Pleasant Grove's Glen Montgomery.
After the South scored a run in the fourth on a wild pitch, the North began to take command in the fifth. Bonneville Bryan Dee singled, Adam Kershaw of Skyline doubled him in, and then Kershaw scored on a double by Brighton's David Carle. In the sixth, Cottonwood's Matt Fankhauser reached on an error, later scoring on another error. Weidauer's two-run shot in the seventh, which also scored Alta's Ryan Bills, ended all doubts.
Viewmont pitcher Jason Jarvis, signed by the University of Utah on Sunday, was the winner, with Alta's Doug Webb pitching three innings of scoreless relief to help preserve the victory. Webb was voted first runner-up MVP, with Carle, a last minute addition to the North team, voted second runner-up.
The 3A North and South All Stars will meet tonight at Simmons Field in a 7 p.m. matchup. Traditionally the games have been played back-to-back, but were separated this year at the request of coaches and college scouts.