The Saints Sam Carlson participated in a high school baseball All Star series last weekend as a member of the South team.
Also playing in the tournament are teams comprised of players from the Metro-West, Metro-East and the North.
The South won the tournament with a 2-1 record. The Southerners beat the two metro teams before losing to the North team. It was the first time in ten years a team from the South won the All Star series.
The South beat Metro-East (ME) on Friday 4-3. Carlson was the winning pitcher. He came in relief in the fifth inning with one out and two on.
Sam got the first batter he faced to fly out, but that did result in a runner tagging up and scoring. He struck out the next batter to end the threat by Metro-East.
A couple of fielding errors by the South in the sixth resulted in Metro-East picking up an unearned run and tying the game at three.
Sam held ME scoreless in the seventh. A highlight of the inning was when the St. James graduate struck out two University of Minnesota recruits back to back.
In the bottom of the seventh, Fairmont’s Levi Becker singled and eventually scored to give the South and Carlson the win. Sam struck out three and gave up no earned runs.
In getting the win the South beat three D-1 pitching recruits.
The South won the second game 2-0, but Carlson didn’t pitch.
Sam took to the mound in the third game with the South already trailing 8-2 in the sixth inning. He notched another two strike outs, gave up no walks or runs.
He nearly got a second win as the South rallied to fall just a couple of runs short of winning. The final score was 8-7.
For the two games, Carlson pitched 3 2/3rds innings and gave up two hits, struck out five, and gave up no earned runs. Pitchers are limited to no more than four innings of work during the series.