North stars shine brightest in SAL

June 24, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Derek Norris and Marcos Frias had early nights on Tuesday.

The two members of the Hagerstown Suns made their appearancesfor the North long before the South Atlantic League All-Star Game was settled. The North needed a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a 8-7 victory in a see-saw game.

The North fought back from a 6-4 deficit in the sixth. Frias pitched the inning and allowed three runs to put the South on top.

The South helped the North score the winning run in the ninth.

Delmarva's Ronnie Welty led off with a single to right off Charleston reliever Pat Venditte.

With one out, West Virginia's Calvin Anderson singled to center field. Asheville outfielder Scott Robinson threw wildly to the infield to allow Welty to score the winning run from first.


Norris started as the North's catcher and went 1 for 2 with a first-inning single. He leads the SAL in RBIs and is tied for the lead in home runs.

Norris entered the game with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs and a .312 batting average.

Frias came on in the sixth and was treated roughly.

Savannah's Sean Ratliff drew a leadoff walk, stole second and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a grounder by Greenville's Tim Federowicz to tie the game at 4-4.

The South took the lead with the help of a pair of pinch hitters.

Rome's Luis Sumorza singled and scored on a two-run home run by Augusta's Juan Perez.

Frias entered the game with a 4-2 record and a 2.65 ERA.

The North scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead. The South tied the score in the ninth on a homer by Ebert Rosario.

Lake County's Karexon Sanchez led the North with two hits and two RBIs.

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