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Hartselle High's Kristy Pevahouse handles a hit while playing left field for the North squad in the All-Star Sports Week softball game.
They're no softies
Local trio helps North split two in All-Star Sports Week
By Brooke Milam
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HUNTSVILLE — Ardmore High's Casey Steadman ripped a home run and pitched three scoreless innings to earn the North squad's most valuable player honor in the softball game Wednesday at All-Star Sports Week.
In addition, two local players landed in the North's starting lineup — Decatur's Lindsey Hawkins at shortstop and Hartselle's Kristy Pevahouse in left field.
The North won the opening game 4-0 at Hunstville's Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex, while the South took the second contest 3-2.
The North squad improved its all-time record in the event to a 17-5.
Steadman hit her home run in the first game and got the pitching start in the second game, allowing no runs in three innings.
"I was a little intimidated coming in because I knew it was important to do my best and get myself seen," Steadman said.
Weather almost cut short the all-stars' chances for exposure to college scouts and fans gathered at the event, which features rising high school seniors.
Rain cleared the stands in the third inning of the first game and delayed play for 40 minutes. When the game resumed, coaches voted to cut the doubleheader to a pair of five-inning contests.
Ahead 2-0 when rain disrupted the game, the North tacked on a third run in the bottom of the third inning.
Steadman saw action at third base in the contest, stepping to the plate in the fourth inning and blasting the day's only home run over the center-field fence for the North's final run.
Steadman said that coming in to the contests, she thought her time to shine would come on the pitching mound. However, it was her bat that brought attention as well.
"Batting against such great pitchers, I didn't expect to have a home run," Steadman said.
Steadman was the North's starting pitcher for the second game, striking out six batters and allowing one hit in three innings.
"I was pretty comfortable out there," Steadman said. "I'm usually pretty confident pitching. So much of it is mental, and I knew I had to keep them off balance."
Behind Steadman, the North jumped to a 2-0 lead that held until Daphne's Sarah Sigrest hit a three-run triple to right field that put the South ahead 3-2.
Sigrest was selected the South's most valuable player.
Athletes on both sides were all smiles after the contests. Both teams picked up a win, and it seemed obvious that the experience was one that the athletes will remember.
"Everyone here was an all-around athlete, but I didn't feel any pressure," Pevahouse said. "Everyone got along really well and it was a lot of fun to be here."
Added Hawkins: "You know you're playing with all-stars.So it's an honor to be here."
All-Star Sports Week in Huntsville
Volleyball: UAH’s Spragins Hall at 2 p.m.; area athlete: Jessy Willingham, Addison.
Girls basketball: UAH’s Spragins Hall at 6 p.m.; area athletes: Jazmine Powers, Austin; Jessi Smith, Hartselle.
Boys basketball: UAH’s Spragins Hall at 8 p.m.; area athlete: Kerry Jones, Hazlewood.
Football: Alabama A&M University’s Louis Crews Stadium at 7 p.m.; area athletes: Morgan Hull, Austin; Dusty Schofield, Hartselle; Davon McCoy, Hazlewood; Devans Orr and Corey Key, R.A. Hubbard.
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