Kanab High School baseball players Justin Orton, Craig Brinkerhoff and Dason Ott helped propel the North 2A All-Stars to a convincing 18-5 pounding of their southern counterparts.

The squads were divided up with players from Kanab, Gunnison, Beaver, North Sevier, Rowland Hall and Enterprise making up the North team. (I know – I asked coach Mason Fox how Kanab, the southernmost school in all of Utah, was part of the North squad.) He said they just divided up the schools evenly from the three different regions.

The South team was coached by San Juan’s Mike Bowers. Players from his team were from San Juan, Parowan, South Summit, Millard and South Sevier.

With San Juan winning the 2A state title this year, and Parowan finishing second, it appeared the South squad was the team to beat. The trio from Kanab, as well as the rest of the players on the North team, had other ideas, as they pounded out 20 hits to win handily 18-5.

Justin Orton started on the mound for the North team and he shut out the South, not allowing a run to score in three innings of pitching. Craig Brinkerhoff got the North on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when he crushed a towering fly ball over the centerfield fence. His three-run dinger followed a walk by Orton and a single by Stoney White of Beaver. The North team scored five runs in the first to lead 5-0 after one.

They didn’t let up in the second frame, adding another four runs to sprint out to a 9-0 lead after two. Dason Ott had a two-run double in the second.

Gunnison’s Drayson Ball was the hitting star of the game. Ball hit a three run homer over the left field fence in the fourth inning, than added an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning.

It could have been even worse, as the North team left the bases loaded on three different ocasions.

Orton was named the MVP of the game, with his impressive winning pitching performance against the big bats of the South team, and also getting two base hits.

Brinkerhoff came on in relief in the ninth innng, recording the final three outs three up, three down.

Coach Mason Fox was especially impressed with his team’s hitting.