The DeKalb County Schools’ North-South senior all-star baseball game is one last chance for county players to get some diamond time before going off to college or other endeavors. For some, it will be the last time they play organized baseball.
A group of five seniors from Chamblee made the most of the opportunity, helping the North team win its fifth straight all-star game 5-2 over the South on June 2 at John Devore Field at Druid Hills Middle School.
“It was good that everybody got a chance to play one last game together,” said Chamblee catcher Knox Maslia, who was voted MVP for the North team. “We had a good group of guys and this was a fun way to finish.”
Maslia played the entire nine innings and went 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, two walks and two runs scored to earn MVP honors. Maslia batted .309 with 23 RBIs during the season.
Uwem Udofia of Miller Grove was MVP of the South. Udofia went 2-for-4 at the plate and pitched two strong innings in relief. He allowed only one hit and one run while striking out two. Mason Davis of Redan also played well for the South, getting two hits and scoring a run.
Joe Albertson, Maslia’s teammate at Chamblee, also was impressive for the North. Albertson, who went 7-4 with a 2.78 earned run average this past season for the Bulldogs, earned the save. He pitched two scoreless innings and pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning. The South had runners on first and second with no outs but could not score.
“Joe pitched a couple of strong innings,” said Chamblee’s Anthony Brown, who went 2-for-3 in the game. “He got out of a jam in the eighth inning, and he did that a lot for us during the season.”
The South led 3-2 after the top of the fourth inning, but another Chamblee player provided the North with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning. Maslia scored on an error and Stephen Gaulden followed by scoring on a passed ball to give the North a 3-2 lead. Gaulden was one of the Bulldogs’ leaders during the season, batting .358 with 24 RBIs.
The other Chamblee player in the all-star game was Patrick Eastham.
“It felt good to have half our team out there,” Brown said. “Plus, a lot of players on the South we play summer ball with so it was fun. The fact that we played well made it more fun.”
• Albertson earned just the fifth save in 15 Senior All-Star games since 2003. He also was the winning pitcher in the North’s Junior All-Star win in 2010.
• Lakeside’s Will Bracewell, who was the winning pitcher for the North, also pitched one inning of relief in the North’s 2010 Junior All-Star win.
• Arabia Mountain’s John Bryant earned his second consecutive All-Star game as the starting pitcher. He pitched three innings of the 2011 senior game for the South after pitching the first three innings for the South in the 2010 junior game.
• Dunwoody’s Mason Wood completed an all-star game double by stealing a base in both the 2011 senior game and the 2010 junior game.
• Maslia stole two bases in the 2011 Senior game to become one of 16 players to steal two bases in an all-star game.