Boulder City’s Howell shines brightest among all-stars

After months of playing in high-pressure baseball games, Boulder City’s Tanner Howell was at ease Thursday in the Southern Nevada Baseball Coaches Association Division I-A All-Star Game.

His North all-star teammates were just as relaxed at the plate.

Howell went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs, and the North totaled 17 hits to roll past the South 18-9 at College of Southern Nevada’s Morse Stadium.

“It feels great to come out here and have some fun after a tough loss in state,” said Howell, who picked up the win with a scoreless first inning. “I was loose today, and it didn’t mean anything. I just came out here and played baseball.”

The North scored in each of the first four innings. A 10-run first opened the floodgates. Howell’s RBI double and a run-scoring triple by Boulder City’s Peyton Koopman highlighted the outburst.

“I was looking for the fastball,” Howell said. “He had to come with the strike, so I knew what was coming.”

The South scored nine runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a three-run triple by Moapa Valley’s Kasen Hughes. Hughes went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.

Cheyenne’s Lamon Harvey finished 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for the South.

Contact reporter John W. Scafetta at jscafetta@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0430.

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