Stars aligning: Rivals from Stanhope, Marbury team up for All-Star Sports Week baseball

Stars aligning: Rivals from Stanhope, Marbury team up for All-Star Sports Week baseball

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Stars aligning: Rivals from Stanhope, Marbury team up for All-Star Sports Week baseball

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They’re opponents during the school year, but Blaine Milam and Colton Thomas get to play together today at the All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball game.

Milam, a pitcher for Stanhope Elmore, and Thomas, an infielder/outfielder for Marbury, aren’t always rivals. They play summer league games together on the Millbrook Post 133 Navy Division 2 team. In between the district tournament that ended Saturday and the state tournament that starts Thursday, the stars get another chance to team up on the South squad at 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium.

“Blaine’s a good pitcher. He’s been great for us in the summer league this year,” Thomas said. “I hope he doesn’t do that against us this coming year during school ball. … It’s great to get to play with a teammate at the North-South game, somebody I’m familiar with, somebody I know.”

Thomas batted .339 with 21 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 34 games as he helped Marbury to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Along with playing in the summer league, Thomas also is juggling football workouts as he takes a one-day break for the all-star game.

Despite his busy schedule, Thomas can always find time to spend an afternoon at Riverwalk.

“I’ve played there a few times over the past couple of years. It’s great every time you get to play out there, the field is so nice,” Thomas said. “I feel honored that I was picked.”

The last time Milam was at Riverwalk, he watched his team fall to Alabama Christian after pitching the day before. Milam, who was 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA this year for Stanhope, hopes to make better memories this trip.

“I’d like to turn that around and not have that bad taste in my mouth,” Milam said. “It’d be nice to have a better game (this time). You always want to be able to say you’ve played out there. It’s a tremendous honor to be selected on the all-star team. I guess I’ve dreamed of being named one of the top high school players. It’s just an honor.”

Notes: Both the North’s and South’s 18-man rosters reported for practice Sunday at AUM … Trinity coach Ken Whittle, also named the National Federation State High School Association baseball coach of the year, is the baseball administrator … The baseball coaching and rules clinic will take place before this afternoon’s game at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center.

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