PITTSFIELD -- In a game where the talent level was pretty even, a little derring-do by Wahconah's Bethany McBain was the difference.
McBain reached first on an error and advanced around the diamond, via some savvy baserunning, to score the North All-Stars' go-ahead run Wednesday. The North beat the South, 4-2 in the annual Berkshire County Softball All-Star Game at Doyle Field.
Players from Hoosac Valley, Mount Everett and St. Joseph made up the South team, while players from Drury, Pittsfield, Mount Greylock, Taconic and Wahconah made up the North team.
The score was tied at 1 when McBain made her play.
"I was on first, and [Taconic's] Tierney Crocker bunted," said McBain of the sixth-inning play. "She was thrown out at first, but when I got to second [base], I just kept going. I drew a throw, and it went over the third baseman's head, so I went home."
"It was a nice piece of baserunning," said McBain's coach, as well as the coach of the North team, Wahconah's Dustin Belcher. "This was just a game to have a little fun and play with people you've been playing against all year."
In the top of the seventh, the North increased its lead, as Pittsfield's Aoife Nester ripped a two-run single to score Drury's Laryssa LaPointe and Pittsfield's Sarah Rayner, each of whom singled.
The South made an effort in the bottom of the seventh. Kendall Smith of St. Joseph reached on an error and scored on an RBI hit by Hoosac's Alexis Bushika.
But Nester made the defensive play of the game when the next batter, the Crusaders' Julia Murphy came up. Murphy laid down a great bunt, but Nester came out from behind the plate, pounced on the ball and threw a perfect strike to Greylock's Anna Penna for the out.
Rayner struck out the last batter, the Eagles' Sam Hoover, on a nice fastball to get the win in relief of Drury's Cat Record.
"No, I've never relieved in high school," said Rayner, laughing. "I never come off the mound in a game."
The North scored first in the first inning when LaPoint reached second on an error and scored on an infield hit by Greylock's Kendal Frye. The South came back as Hoosac's Tori Rumbolt ripped a double to score Hoover.
North 100 001 2--4 8 2
South 100 000 1--2 5 4
Cat Record (4), Sarah Rayner and Kendal Frye (4), Aoife Nester. Alicia Bazonski (4), Alexis Bushika and Hannah Kibbe. W -- Rayner. L -- Bushika. 2B -- South 1 (Tori Rumbolt 1).