The American League team scored the first four runs en route to a 6-3 victory and sweep of the NL team Saturday at Lovejoy High School.
Jonesboro’s Chris Smith had three more RBI to push his total to five in the series and his teammate Dustin Boggs, who was named the American League MVP, drove in a run and had five strikeouts in Game 1.
“I didn’t even know they were giving out an MVP award,” said Boggs, who also made some impressive plays at short stop. “But I just came out and played my best. I gave it a 110 percent.”
“Dustin really had a great game,” American League and Mundy’s Mill coach Patrick Smith said. “He was on fire today. He played with a lot of energy. He played the game the right way.”
Lovejoy senior Brandon Chisolm won the National League MVP award.
“Boggs had a phenomenal day,” National League and Lovejoy coach Craig Chatman said. “He is a heck of a player. He’s very versatile. And the thing I admire about Brandon the most is that he is just tough.”
With a sacrifice fly to left to plate North Clayton’s Rashad Jackson in the bottom of the first inning, Smith put the AL ahead for good. But the American League didn’t seize control until the third inning.
After Boggs moved Cedric Nettles (Jonesboro) to third with a single, Smith plated Nettles with a single for a 2-0 edge. Then, Boggs scored on a throwing error for an AL three-run cushion. Two batters later, North Clayton’s Harold Smith hit a double to score Smith for a 4-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the NL got a run back on an RBI groundout to first by Riverdale’s DeQuavious Martin which allowed Chisolm to score. But the AL countered in the bottom of the frame, thanks to RBI singles from Boggs and Smith.
Needing at least five runs with just three outs left in the fifth, the National League got a run from Justin Floyd (Morrow) and an RBI groundout from Lovejoy’s Theodore Hassan but Corey Harmon (Mundy’s Mill) got Kenneth Wiggins (Mt. Zion) to pop out to short to end the contest.
Next year’s series is scheduled to be held at Morrow High School but possibly under a different format.