Bair makes pitch impressively


Calvert Hall left-hander Andy Bair, passed over in the major-league amateur draft, continued to make his case in Sunday's 14th annual Crown All-Star Game played at Camden Yards.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie in the seventh after lightning signaled that a storm was approaching, but Bair, The Baltimore Sun's two-time All-Metro Player of the Year, had made enough of an impact to be chosen the North team's Most Valuable Pitcher.

Bair, a 6-foot-6, 235-pounder, struck out the side after 12 pitches in the first inning and left after two innings with a 2-0 lead. He had four strikeouts and allowed one walk and one hit.

"It was great to play there," said Bair, who has signed with the University of Miami but will hear offers from the Florida Marlins, who drafted him in the 60th round.

"Walking out on the field and getting introduced on the same field as the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles played on was great. I've warmed up in three major-league bullpens now, and that was the best one I've been in."

It was also an opportunity for Bair to grab a handful of dirt from the area of the field where Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken plays.

"The first thing I did when I walked out of the bullpen was walk over to shortstop and pick up some dirt," Bair said. "It's in a glass container sitting on top of my television."

Bair, a member of last year's United States Junior National Team, and South pitcher Mike Wooden were chosen for the July 17-26 Junior National Team tryouts.

McDonogh pitcher-outfielder Rich Levin was the Most Valuable Player in the field for the North, and Severna Park's Scott Neuberger received the honor for the South team.

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