HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Rain didn't dampen the spirits of the North-South All-Star baseball games participants, even if the contests were moved at the last minute Sunday.
Jared Spielman from Berkeley Springs had a two-run single in the sixth inning to give the North the lead back in a 6-5 victory in the first game, which began under overcast conditions.
In the second game, Spielman struck out Beckley's Hunter Greco with runners on second and third to earn the save in a 3-2 North verdict.
Wheeling Park's Andrew Kowalo had a single, double and stolen base for the North. He scored in the sixth of the nightcap and scored on a single by Hampshire's Matthew Maiers to give the North was proved to be the winning run.
Scott's Forrest Spurlock came up big for the South in the opener, hitting a double and a solo home run.
"It was a shot," said Martinsburg assistant coach Jason Kamlowsky.
The games were scheduled for Nitro, but the weather forecast called for rain and officials opted to move the game to the turf at Hurricane.
Coaching the North was Martinsburg's Josh Matheny. Serving as an assistant for the North was Mark Salfia, who will coach Spring Mills High School in its first season in 2014. The South was guided by Spring Valley's Jim Hensley.
The day began with a pro-style workout where the players fielded ground balls and made throws to the bases from different infield positions. Also, outfielders made throws to the plate.
Among the participants in the games were Cody Butts and Daniel Heleine, who helped Hedgesville win the Class AAA title on Saturday. Also involved were Rocco Wilcox and Andy Hoyer of Class A champion Charleston Catholic and Corey Bird and Austin Thomas of Class AA champion Herbert Hoover.
The baseball game begins two weeks of all-star competition, with the North-South softball games set to get underway at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo. There are three games scheduled with the first two going seven innings and a third set for five.
On June 14th, the North-South All-Star basketball game is slated for the South Charleston Recreation Center.
The North-South All-Star Football Game will be contested at 7 p.m. at University of Charleston Stadium.