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South stops North, 5-1, but park is star

When Chad Durakis legged out an infield hit, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth inning, he seemingly had given his team the spark it needed.

But Durakis' run would be the only scored by the North team yesterday at Camden Yards, as the South squad rode seven innings of near-flawless pitching for a 5-1 win in the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game.

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"We have a lot of good hitters on the team, but the pitching on their team ... " said Durakis, a two-time All-Metro catcher from St. Paul's who has a baseball scholarship from the University of Maryland. "They were just a great staff that we went against, so there's no shame in our performance."

And it won't be the loss Durakis, the MVP of the North team, remembers most about the afternoon.

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The players were introduced to the crowd of 45,728 before the Orioles game. Both all-star teams lined up on the first base line and each player was presented with a commemorative bat and greeted by the Orioles' Jerry Hairston.

"It was pretty sweet," said DeMatha's Robbie Campbell, who pitched two perfect innings for the South to start the game, formerly sponsored by Crown Petroleum. "When you look up and see all those people ... it's ridiculous."

Campbell, one of four pitchers the South used to combine on a three-hitter, was named the Most Valuable Pitcher.

"It's not every day you get to pitch at Camden Yards," said Campbell, who will play for East Tennessee State. "I was just going to throw strikes and do as well as I could do and let the defense play behind me."

Durakis' hit in the fourth was the first for the North, which stranded runners on second and third that inning against pitcher Brad Taylor (Good Counsel). South pitchers Jeff Feigl (Arundel) and Tyler Todd (Cambridge) combined for three scoreless innings the rest of the way.

Arundel's Brian McCormick led the South offensively, scoring two runs and driving in another on a sacrifice fly. He will play for St. Petersburg.

"My dream is to play on that field," McCormick said of Camden Yards. "Honestly, I was just glad to get on base, really. Getting a hit and scoring two runs, that just made it even better."

The South scored two runs in the second inning, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Its MVP was Joe Zimmerman (Arundel) with two hits.

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T.J. Hose (North Hagerstown) was the North's Most Valuable Pitcher, striking out two in one inning of work.


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