FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas signees Houston Pruitt and Brandon Moore can only hope for more nights like Tuesday in Baum Stadium.
Pruitt's solo home run in the fourth inning was the difference in a 1-0 win for the West All-Stars in Game 1, while Moore's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh gave the East All-Stars an 8-7 come-from-behind win in Game 2 of the Arkansas Coaches Association High School All-Star Games.
"Houston Pruitt won the first game so I figured I might as well get my share of the win," said Moore, who was recruited to Arkansas as a pitcher. "It felt good. It was my last at-bat probably ever. I'm glad I ended with something good."
Astin struck out five batters and Wells struck out three as both pitched two innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader. The East held the West to just one hit in the game.
That one hit, however, was Pruitt's home run into the left field bullpen with two strikes and two outs in the inning.
"Our pitching was great and their pitching was great. I guess I just got lucky," Pruitt said. "Hopefully I'll be able to do this in a couple of years for Arkansas."
Astin's only blemish was a second inning walk as he earned a no-decision in the Game 1 start. Outside of the home runs, his slider was the talk of the ballpark following the game.
"He was nasty today," Wells said. "He has a good slider and was locating his fastball real well. He was tough to hit."
Wells pitched two perfect innings of relief in Game 1. Coupled with his run-ruled perfect game in the 7A State Championship in May, Wells has pitched seven innings without allowing a base runner at Baum Stadium.
"That mound is perfect and you get a good feel pitching here," Wells said. "It feels like you're right up in front of the plate and you can spot it up real well."
Wells' Bryant team beat Moore's Van Buren team 12-0 in that title game, in which both started on the mound. In addition to his home run Tuesday night, Moore pitched two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out four batters.
"It was great to get back on this field and make a better memory," said Moore, the 2010 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year. "I lost the state championship game but it's all right - I've got a lot of things to look forward to here."
Wells, a seventh-round MLB Draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, said he doesn't have a definite timeline set for making a decision whether to go pro or go to school. Drafted high school players have until Aug. 15 to decide.
"I try not to think about all that," Wells said. "All that stuff is in the back of my mind but really I think about getting ready for each outing and getting ready to pitch.
"We haven't started negotiating that. We probably will here in the next few weeks or so."
Astin, Pruitt and Moore went undrafted earlier this month and are all expected to make it to campus in August. Astin said all three have talked with Wells about their possible futures together at the school.
"We've been talking to him all week," Astin said. "I think we can get him."