NW’s Ball takes All-Star MVP honors

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

To say Stewart Ball enjoyed playing in the D.M. Howie All-Star Game at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson on Saturday would be an understatement.
The East Mississippi Community College signee ripped a double and single and drove in a pair of runs to lead the North team in the 1A/2A/3A Game. The South won the contest 9-8, while also taking the 4A/5A/6A game 4-3.

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“It was different,” Ball said of the atmosphere. “We had never really seen each other before, but we really got along and came together as a team. I really enjoyed it and am glad I went.”
He is also glad he brought along his younger brother Wyatt’s glove. After catching the first three innings, Ball had to use that glove to move to the outfield, where he made a diving catch.
“I don’t even own a glove,” he said. “All I have is catcher’s mitts. Because of the weather I never even got a chance to practice out there. I didn’t find out until the day of the game I was going to play some in the outfield.”
He was also involved in the last play of the game as a single came his way in left field. “I kind of threw a one-hopper in there (to the plate), but he was safe.
“Overall, it was a good way to close out my high school career,” he said. For his efforts Ball was named the North MVP for the 1A/2A/3A game.
Also playing in the game from Winston County were Dalton Hudspeth and Channing Wall of Louisville High School.