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AISA Games

Pike Liberal Arts School players Nick McLaughlin, left to right, Blake Floyd, Josh Starling, and Lawson Stewart pose for a photo during the 2011 AISA All-Star game in Troy, Ala., Monday, June 6, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Americans fall in AISA All Star game, but four PLAS players shine

“We got shelled.”

That is how 2011 AISA Junior All Star American Team coach Scott Tubbs summed up the game that featured four Pike Liberal Arts players on Monday.

“We were winning two to zero going into the third inning, (the National team) had a big inning, and we never recovered,” Tubbs said.

Four members of the 2011 Pike Liberal Arts School runner-up state championship team played on the All Star team. Blake Floyd, Nick McLaughlin, Josh Starling and Lawson Stewart all saw playing time during the game.

Floyd batted two for four in the game with a double.

McLaughlin batted zero for one with a base on balls, a run, and two RBIs.

Starling hit one for three with a RBI and a strikeout.

Stewart hit zero for two with a strikeout.

Stewart also pitched two innings, striking out two and giving one run. “He did a fine job when he went into pitch. He kept the guys off balance a bit,” Tubbs said of Stewart’s pitching.

Going into the top of the third inning, the American team was leading 2 to 0. The National team was able to score seven runs off of five walks or hits by pitch. The National team only had two hits in the inning.

“A lot of guys hadn’t been playing since the season was over,” Tubbs commented. “A lot still had rust on them.

“There are a lot of good junior ball players in the state.”

The all-star game was played at Troy University’s field.

PLAS Sam Carroll played on the senior team as well.