Five innings had passed Sunday, and the South team still didn't have a hit.
"It was kind of a joke in the dugout for a little bit how we were going to no-hit them," North pitcher Peter Solomon (Mount St. Joseph) said, with a grin. "It kept on going and going, but we eventually knew they would get a hit."
The South only had three hits, though, as the North's four pitchers led the way to a 4-2 win in the annual Brooks Robinson All-Star Game at Camden Yards.
Jamal Wade (St. Paul's) hit a home run, and Winters Mill's Isaiah Pasteur and Sherwood's Brady Adam each had an RBI double, as the North used timely hitting and consistently dominant pitching to earn the victory.
"It was an awesome experience," North catcher Cody Gwinn (Eastern Tech) said. "I had a blast out here. I'm honored to be able to play on this field, honestly."
After watching the majority of the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the players took the field shortly after 5 p.m. Friends and family scattered the seats near home plate.
Solomon, who was the North's Most Valuable Pitcher, started on the mound for the North. After striking out Arundel's Syeed Mahdi on a full count, Solomon got help from his defense.
Wade, who will play with his brother, LaMonte, at Maryland next season, made back-to-back plays on hard-hit balls at third base.
The North's offense struggled early, but its pitching continued to shine.
"They were just throwing strikes," South outfielder Brady Acker (Atholton) said. "We weren't hitting the ball all that well. There's nothing you can do about it."
In the top of the fourth, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Andrew Spinnenweber, who convincingly struck out the side in the previous inning, ran into some trouble against the North.
After Justin Craft (North Point) walked and Robbie Metz (Poolesville) was hit by a pitch, Pasteur lined the ball to right. Both runners scored, and the North broke open a game that saw virtually no offense through three innings.
Adam, the next batter, then scored Pasteur with a double to left. Spinnenweber, who led Chesapeake to a Class 4A state championship three weeks ago, couldn't fool the loaded North lineup with his off-speed pitches.
The North led, 3-0, through five innings, but the South rallied in the top of the sixth.
South River's Kyle Canavan, who was named the South's Offensive Most Valuable Player, hit a pitch from North left-hander Riley Arnone (Williamsport) just over the second baseman's glove into right field.
"I thought I was getting rung up on the pitch before, but I got lucky," Canavan said. "He gave me a second chance, so I had to take advantage."
Following singles from Greg Mayer (Severna Park) and Bryan Parreira (Broadneck), Brooks Carey (Parkside) drove in the South's first run on a fielder's choice at second base before Arnone threw a wild pitch to make the score, 3-2.
But Wade, who had already hit a single in the top of the first, ensured the South's comeback fell short.
Before he entered the batter's box in the top of the seventh, few balls had been hit deep in the outfield. But he hit a curveball into the seats in left field for a solo shot to give the North a 4-2 lead
Wade's teammates greeted him at home plate, and his friends and family cheered from near the third base dugout.
"I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life," said Wade, who was picked as the North's Offensive Most Valuable Player. "Still a little in shock, but it was definitely a great moment."