HOUSTON — Eight Galveston County high school standouts took the field Tuesday night at the Baseball USA complex for a pair of Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association all-star games.
In sub-5A North vs. South All-Star match, Friendswood’s Drew Barba, Santa Fe’s Brandon Holder and Ball High’s Baine Schoenvogel were picked for the South roster, which fell, 7-3, to the North.
Participating later in the Juniors All-Star game were the Clear Creek trio of Harrison Hill, Satchel McElroy and Zach Esquivel, Ball High’s Jake Simon and Santa Fe’s Preston Plovanich.
Barba drove in one of the three runs for the South on a sacrifice fly to right field in his only at-bat in the sixth inning. He also pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Brenham’s Dakota Brewton had a leadoff double against Barba, but Barba forced two straight fly outs, surrendered a walk and drew another fly out to end the inning unscathed.
Schoenvogel and Holder each reached base once on errors in two and three at-bats, respectively. Schoenvogel added a stolen base after reaching first, then flied out in foul territory on the first base side in his other at-bat.
Holder grounded out and struck out in two other at-bats. Holder scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning for the South side.
Holder gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits while pitching the bottom of the eighth inning. He also struck out two batters.
The South team scored one of its runs in the first inning and the other two in the sixth inning. The North notched two runs in the second inning, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the eighth.
The game went late Tuesday with the Blue Team leading the Red Team, 16-6, in the top of the seventh inning. The game was scheduled for nine innings.
At that point in the game, Hill had driven in two runs on a first-inning single and a fielding error in the third inning. Hill also lined out in the fifth inning and struck out in the sixth.
Simon had reached base on all three of his at-bats with a leadoff double in the second inning, a left fielder’s error that drove in a run in the fourth and a walk in the sixth.
McElroy led off the game in the top of the first inning with a single and a stolen base. McElroy moved a runner to third base on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and grounded out in the sixth.
Plovanich reached base the hard way by getting plunked by a pitch in the fourth inning and had a sacrifice-fly RBI in the fifth. Plovanich also flied out in the first inning.
Unlike the previous two HABCA all-star games, the Juniors contest did not follow a North vs. South format, but rather a more random Team Red vs. Team Blue format. Not only did this scenario place Galveston County athletes on different teams, it even put teammates on opposite sides.
Hill, Plovanich, Simon and Esquivel — who had not yet entered the game — were on the Blue Team, while McElroy played for the Red Team.