Buoyed by the pitching of a foursome of small-town diamond stars, the North team defeated the South 5-1 in the annual Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game played June 1 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
The North squad, coached by Payson High School's Teddy Pettet, rode the hurling of Doug Mathis (Show Low), George Sander (Winslow), Scott Begay (Window Rock), and Toby Elkins (Blue Ridge) to the win.
At the conclusion of the game, Mathis who started and pitched three scoreless innings was named the game's most valuable player.
Although the North team had Payson pitcher Ky Bradley on its roster, Pettet didn't have to call upon him for mound duty. Instead, Bradley got the start at third base where he starred most of last season for the Longhorns. His greatest contribution to the North victory was a two-run double in the third inning that upped the North lead to 4-0. Bradley later scored on a single by Show Low's Lance Nikolaus.
Also on the North squad with Pettet and Bradley were former PHS first baseman Robbie Ochoa and ex-Longhorn infielder Darrin Grover.
The three players graduated last week with the class of 2002. Pettet and the PHS athletes were chosen to participate in the all-star game in a voting of ACA members at the conclusion of the regular season.
Only graduating seniors are eligible for the game.
Next up for Pettet and Bradley will be appearances in the Super 50 All-Star showdown June 16 at Bank One Ballpark. The clash will be contested immediately after a 1:35 p.m. game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers.
The participants in the Super 50 game are selected from the rosters of the winning teams in the four (2A through 5A) ACA all-star games.
Joining Pettet and Bradley from the winning 3A North team will be Mathis, Blue Ridge's Toby Elkins and Winslow's Mike Beeson.