Shining moment

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 7, 2010

On Monday night, three Pike Liberal Arts Patriots got to put on their old jerseys one more time.

Ross Hixon, Justin McLaughlin and Logan Stewart, all of whom graduated in May, were playing on the baseball diamond at Riddle-Pace Field as part of the AISA All-Star team.

Even though their team lost to GISA, by the score of 12-1, each of them said winning was not the reason why they were on the field.

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“We wanted to have fun,” Hixon said. “That’s why we are here.”

“It was a great honor to be selected on this team and play with some of these players,” he said. “They are all pretty good, so to end my senior year here is pretty nice.”

Of the 19 players selected for the team, five came from PLAS.

Both Will Starling and Trey Walters were on the roster, however, were unable to participate.

As for the game itself, the AISA struggled to get any kind of offense going, as its rivals from Georgia dominated on both the mound and at the plate.

Five GISA pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, while giving up just one run off of four hits.

The AISA team got on the board in the bottom of the first, however, that would be the last time it had the lead as the GISA answered right back with four runs in the second inning and another five in the seventh inning.

The Georgia team finished with 13 hits, while the AISA tam struggled in the field, with four errors.

Both Hixon and McLaughlin got two at-bats while Stewart got one.

McLaughlin was the only one to reach base, thanks to a single in the seventh inning.

“We had a good time,” McLaughlin said after the game.

“We all got to play in the field and on the mound, which was a lot of fun.”

All three did see action on the mound as well. McLaughlin started the sixth inning, while Stewart pitched a third of an inning and Hixon closed out the top of the ninth.

“This was a pretty cool way to end the season,” Stewart said.

“The game was fun, even though we lost.”

At the end of the game, each player on the team received an autographed baseball with every signature on the All-Star team, to mark the special accomplishment.

Along with the seniors who were selected to the All-Star team, another member of the PLAS varsity squad was in action Monday afternoon. Rising-senior Sam Carroll was playing for the junior team, and unlike his former teammates, had a better outcome at his game, as the National League defeated the American League, 8-7.