Shelby County stars lead Central past Birmingham Metro in East-West Classic

Recent Shelby County High School graduate Braten Dill has had plenty of highlights during his varsity baseball career.

Dill can add the 67th annual Alabama Lions Club Sight Conservation Association’s East-West All-Star Baseball Classic at Samford University’s Joe Lee Griffin Field to his list of standout performances.

After allowing only one run on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk in two innings on the mound in his first game of the tournament June 4, Dill came back and pitched two more innings to help his Central team hold off the Birmingham Metro team 6-5 in the consolation game June 5.

Dill, who will play at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville next season, struck out five and allowed only one hit and one walk in the fifth and sixth innings against the Birmingham Metro squad.

Dill finished the weekend with nine strikeouts in four innings on the mound. Dill also collected and RBI following a walk in the consolation game victory.

Teammate Kevin McNorton, also of Shelby County, allowed one unearned run in one inning on the mound. McNorton walked twice in two plate appearances.

Calera High School senior Trent Posey was the star at the plate for the Central team. Posey drilled a two-run single to center field to plate the game-tying and game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning.

Thompson High School’s Alex Henderson had an RBI double in the first inning for the Birmingham Metro team. Thompson teammate Matt Haskins and Spain Park’s Austin Veteto had a single and a stolen base each. Henderson and Haskins scored a run each.

Thompson’s Jake Hester gave up only one hit and struck out two batters in the top of the seventh inning for the Birmingham Metro team.