BARBOURVILLE — The Pineville-Bell County 9-10 year-old All-Stars advanced to the District 4 Tournament with a 14-1 win over Middlesboro on Sunday.
Both teams left the bases loaded in the second inning as the game remained scoreless going into the third. That’s when the Pineville-Bell offense broke through.
With one out Logan Greene walked and Brayden Carroll singled before Ty Mays delivered and RBI base hit to left. Carroll scored on a wild pitch and Jacob Grubbs added an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
The hits kept coming as Blake Durham, Riley Monhollen, Logan Craig and Kordell Partin all reached base and came around to score. It was 9-0 after the top of the third.
Middlesboro got their only run in the bottom of the inning. Bryson Heck walked, advanced on a ground out by Cayden Burchett and scored on a base hit by Blake Lambert.
Hayden Hughett and Brayden Hatmaker also had hits in the game for Middlesboro.
Pineville-Bell added five runs in the fourth to put the game away.Grubbs walked, Bently Fuson reached on an error and Steven Hoover singled. All three would eventually come around to score. George Capps was hit by a pitch and Partin and Greene would walk and later score on passed balls to set the final at 14-1.
Greene was the winning pitcher for Pineville-Bell. He gave up just one run on three hits over 3-2/3. He struck out nine and walked four.
Middlesboro was eliminated with the loss while Pineville-Bell County advances to the District 4 Tournament, which starts July 5 at Hazard.
In Friday’s opening game Middlesboro lost 13-3 to Knox County. Ayden Smith walked twice, singled and scored a run in that game. Isaac Harris also walked twice and scored a run while Cayden Burchett had an RBI double and also singled and scored a run. Lambert singled and Hatmaker doubled in that game.
Saturday, Pineville-Bell suffered a 12-0 loss to Knox County without getting a hit.