BEST PLAYERS IN THE STATE: Hogan Nichols plays well in North/South game

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The North/South All-Star baseball game kicked off the Alabama High School Athletic and Coaches Association’s All-Star week by splitting games on Tuesday night at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.



In the opening game of the series, the South All-Stars earned a 3-2 walk-off win.

Chandler Best got the start on the mound for the South All-Stars and he quickly sat down the North batters in order to start the game.

In the bottom of the first inning, UMS Wright’s Skipper Snypes ripped the first pitch he saw down the line in left field for a double.

Snypes moved to third on a looping single from Matthew Snell and then came around to score on a passed ball to give the South All-Stars a 1-0 lead.

A few batters later, Jake Holyfield drove in Snell with a single to give the South All-Stars a 2-0 lead.

The game remained 2-0 until the North All-Stars battled back to tie the game in the top of the third inning.

In the bottom of the third inning, Andalusia’s Hogan Nichols came up to the plate and ripped a ball hard to first base, but the North first baseman was there to make the play for the final out in the frame.

The North All-Stars got a one-out base runner in the top of fourth inning when Peyton Wilson singled to left.

Wilson tried to get something going for the North All-Stars by attempting to steal second base, but Nichols fired a strike down to second from his knees to thwart the would be base stealer.

“I knew he was going,” Nichols said after the game. “He is a buddy of mine and I could tell that when he took his lead that he was going to try to steal.”

The game remained tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

The South All-Stars got a lead-off walk from Kolbe Blunt and then a single moved him around to third.

A few batters later, a wild pitch went to the backstop and allowed Blunt to score the winning run with ease.

“It’s awesome just being here,” Nichols said. “Getting to compete with and against these guys is great and to do it at the place we we won the state championship is even better.”



The North All-Stars took an early lead and then tacked on more runs with a big fifth inning to help propel them to a 6-2 lead to split the All-Star series.