Hewitt-Trussville standout Kenleigh Cahalan led her North team to a win in the 26th annual AHSAA North-South All-Star Sports Week doubles softball game Wednesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. The North team won 6-3 and 10-5, with North MVP Cahalan catcher and shortstop in the two games with two hits in the opener and a 2-run home run and an RBI double in Game 2.
The sweep gives the North a 29-23-3 advantage in the series first played in 1997 when All-Star Sports Week became part of the annual AHSAA Summer Conference.
The northern boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won their games on Wednesday night, with the girls winning 5-0 and the boys 6-3.
In Game 2 of the softball games, Cahalan hit a towering 2-run homer against Brewbaker Tech starter Taniyah Brown to spark the North to a 6-round third inning. Buckhorn’s Alyssa Hastings drove to right field in 2 more runs with a one-out single. Hazel Green’s Mariah Bazile stole third and scored the fifth heat later in the inning, and Hewitt-Trussville’s Hannah Dorsett scored in heat six of the rally.
Hits by Fairhope’s Ryley Harrison and Wetumpka’s Ashlynn Campbell led to two runs in the South’s lower third — both coming on infield outs. An RBI single from Brown cut the North’s lead to 6-3.
Elmore Country’s Anna Segrest hit a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and the South cut the lead to 6-5 in the fifth on an RBI single by Prattville’s Kylie Jarman.
Cahalan’s RBI double came in the sixth, and the North added another run on a pass ball — the first of three pass balls in the inning to score all runs.
The final north run came with a hit-by-pitch and fielding error.
Corner’s Olivia Cummings gave up 3 runs on 4 hits to take the win.
Sparkman’s Carrie Reasner also had two hits for the winners.
Jarman led the South with 2 hits and an RBI, and Brown, who suffered the loss in the circle, also had two hits and an RBI.
North rallies to win Game 1
The North All-Stars scored 3 runs at the bottom of the sixth inning to earn the 6-3 win over the South in Game 1 of the double-header.
Northside’s Becca Chadwick pitched the last two innings to claim the win. Plainview starting pitcher Lily Boswell allowed 1 hit, 3 runs with 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts over two innings. Ella Singletary of Ardmore threw three strong innings with medium relief allowing one hit, no runs while striking 4.
Kaylee Navarre of Brantley of the South pitched the last 3 innings – beat the team in the fourth but gave up all three runs in the sixth inning to concede the loss. She knocked out 5. Fairhope South starter Ryley Harrison gave up 3 carries on 3 hits and struck out 7 in 3 innings.
Hewitt-Trussville’s Cahalan hit a one-out double and hit with a single down the middle of Sparkman’s Reasner to give the North side a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Boswell opened the game with two straight walks and then got strikeouts on four of the first six outs. She ran into control problems in the top of the third when she batted three in a row. Elmore County’s Segrest followed with a 2-RBI double, and Daphne’s Taylor Hunt scored to give the South a 3-1 lead. Segrest was tagged on the plate trying to score in the same game.
At the end of the third, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Willesha Lang pulled a walk, stole second place and hit with a single from Russellville’s Jenna Whitfield. Whitfield evened the game by finishing third by fielder pick and racing home with a stolen base.
The North rallied at the end of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead when Reasner scored a double with a single from Sand Rock’s Jadyn Foster. Foster then scored an infield error. Hewitt-Trussville’s Dorsett ran a single to the left in the final run that scored Buckhorn’s Hastings, who hit the miss.
The North had six hits, with Reasner going 2-on-2. Segrest had a double and 2 RBIs to speed up the South, who only had 4 hits.
North 5, South 0
Four North All-Stars scored in the South’s shutout, improving the North’s dominance of the series to 18-3-1.
East Limestone’s Lily Hosmer scored two goals, Spain Park’s Madison Davis, St. John Paul II Catholic’s Abigail Laue and Oak Mountain’s Keirson McDonald added a goal each for the winners. Homewood’s Maddie Massie had two assists and Hosmer had one for the North.
McDonald, a defender who earned North MVP honors in the win, had six shots on target and led the shutout as the North overtook the South 24-8. Southside-Gadsden goalkeeper Anna Kate Welch recorded four saves.
Opelika’s South MVP Amiya Brown had three shots on target. Goalkeeper Mimi Smith of St Michael Catholic and Mackenzie Smith of Marbury made 8 and 5 saves respectively.
North 6, South 3
Thompson’s Joshua Owens scored a rare hat-trick in All-Star competition as the North improved to 14-4-1 in the North-South All-Star series.
MVP Owens scored on three of his five shots on goal. Russellville’s Yamilson Velasquez added two goals and Indian Springs’ Gus Colvin scored one to round out the goal for the North.
Homewood goaltenders Andrew Vinson and Hazel Green’s Hoyt Stewart had three saves for the North.
The South Stars were led by Spanish Fort forward Colin Coiler with two goals. Coiler, who had three shots on goal, picked up MVP honors for the South.
Saint James’ Dylan Stokes had an assist. Bayside Academy keeper Blai Cebrian-Claramunt had seven saves and Alabama Christian keeper Emmett Sanford had five.
All-Star Sports Week and the AHSAA Summer Conference Coaches School continues Thursday with a North-South All-Star girls volleyball game that closes the competition.