HUNTSVILLE — Drew Bryson finished his only inning pitched Monday night with his third consecutive groundball out. The North All-Star coaching staff probably wished they’d left him in for a second.

After a perfect first inning in the second game of the AHSAA All-Star baseball doubleheader, Bryson was replaced in the North lineup by Brian Houghton. The Bob Jones pitcher gave up five runs — four unearned — in the bottom of the second, leaving the North with a five-run deficit.

And despite a spirited comeback — the North took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 7th — the South came away with a 7-6 win and a split in the doubleheader.

The games were marred by seven errors, including two in the South’s five-run second.

Despite the game-two loss, Bryson and Austin Golden were positive about their pitching performances.

“I felt really good about it,” Bryson said of his final outing until the 2009 season begins. “I’ve had some soreness in my elbow, so it was good to throw well.”

Bryson threw 6-1/3 innings Wednesday against Georgia’s Parkview High in a national tournament for his Titus Sports team. He gave up three hits and one earned run.

“I didn’t throw many pitches at all,” said Golden, who recorded three groundouts of his own in a perfect fourth. “The guys behind me made some good plays.”

Bryson was 1-for-2 at the plate, giving him two hits on the day.

Golden drove in a run on a bases-loaded, two-out walk in the North’s four-run sixth inning. He came around to score on Brett Booth’s game-tying three-run double.

“I didn’t really have any luck at the plate tonight,” said Golden, who finished 0-for-1 with a run scored. “I didn’t hit as well as I had.”

The North took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh on Houghton’s single to right. But the South’s Kendall Graveman scored the winning run in the bottom of the frame on a wild pitch by Booth.

‰ North 6, South 4: The North didn’t wait for their counterparts from the South to settle into game one, scoring six times in the first four innings.

And it’s a good thing they didn’t.

Trailing 6-3 in the top of the seventh, the South loaded the bases on two errors and an infield single. But Briarwood Christian’s Ben Bracewell responded with a strikeout and two groundouts — one a combacker to the mound — to give the North a 6-4 win.

The nailbiting finish was a far cry from the start of the contest.

The North got two runs in the first on a wild pitch by South starter Clint Mosely and an RBI triple from Mountain Brook’s Judson Golsan.

Bryson and Golden did their part to add to the North’s lead in the second.

Bryson jumped on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the second into the left-center field gap for a double, moving Pleasant Grove’s Chazz Otwell to third.

Two batters later, Golden reached on an error to drive in Otwell. Bryson scored later in the frame to make it 4-0.

The South clawed back one run in the third on Graveman’s hit-and-run single through the right side.

They made it 6-3 with in the sixth off three North errors. Two more errors in the seventh put the winning run on first with no outs. But Bracewell escaped with only one run scored, on Mosely’s groundout to shortstop.

The North scored once in the third and fourth for a 6-1 advantage.

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