CLEARWATER — Palm Harbor University’s Wade Reddick is the perfect example of the kind of player at the Pinellas County Senior All-Star game Wednesday night at Jack Russell Stadium: an undersized player on an underappreciated team with one last chance to show he can play at a high level.
Reddick led off with a single, scored the North team’s first run and later added an RBI single in an 8-3 win over the South in nine innings. The North scored in each of the first three innings then broke open the game in the fourth with three runs on three hits.
“I came out here really wanting to play hard, but at the same time it was a fun game to play,” Reddick said. “It was a chance to wear the Palm Harbor uniform one last time.”
North pitchers Eric Russell of Countryside and Brent Horton of PHU held the South to just one run in the first four innings. That run came in the first inning on a triple by Northeast’s Yos Pacheco triple and a wild pitch from Russell.
In the second inning, Countryside’s Kevin Stryker led off with a walk from Northeast pitcher Robby Coursel. He stole second and was later driven in on a solid single by Reddick to make it 2-1.
In the third, the North made it 3-1 when Clearwater’s Jake Moroff reached on an error and later scored on a single by Calvary Christian’s Heath Heatherley off Indian Rocks Christian’s Wally Rasmussen.
The North team heated up in the fourth. Palm Harbor University’s Jacob Jarreau had an RBI single that scored Tarpon Springs’ Cole Miklavcic. The Spongers’ Hunter Bonner scored two more runs with a two-out double.
Things settled down until the top of the eighth, when the North tacked on two more runs off St. Petersburg Catholic’s Stewart Wilkes. Russell had an infield groundout that scored Tarpon Springs’ Anthony Bariso and Stryker had an RBI single.
The South got its final two runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI fly out from Pacheco that scored St. Petersburg Catholic’s Joey Saunders. The Barons’ Will Gerdes had an RBI single that scored SPC teammate and pinch-runner Jimmy Lynch for the final run.
“It’s a little bit more laid-back than a regular game, but these kids still want to win,” said Clearwater coach Ken Clawson, who coached the North team. “It’s a good chance for them to possibly be seen by somebody.”