By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A dramatic rally by the South London 9-10 All Stars was foiled when Corbin pulled out a win in extra innings. South London trailed 4-0 in the third inning and still trailed 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. With the South London coaches preaching each inning for their team not to quit, they showed they hadn’t when it came to their final at bat, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell, 11-7.
Wes Wright led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk. Harrison Byrd singled with one out. Eli Sizemore hung in for a long at bat before drawing a walk to load the bases.
There were two outs and the score still stood at 7-4 when Chance Wyatt stepped to the plate. Wyatt had singled in his last two plate appearance and would come through again. Wyatt’s single cleared the bases and tied to game to force extra inning.
There would be no magic in the seventh inning for South London. Corbin scored four runs with Nic Osborne, Cameron Combs, and Will Brock stroking consecutive singles. Osborne and Combs delivered off the bench. A couple of errors and a pair of wild pitches allowed Corbin to extend its lead in the seventh.
South London made six errors in the game, which caused them to fall behind early.
In the first inning, Quinn Botner singled and crossed the plate on a single by Cody Cox to open the scoring. Cox scored later on a groundout.
Corbin didn’t need a hit to add a run in the second inning. Brock reached on an error, moved to third on errors, and scored on a wild pitch before the next hitter took a cut.
Corbin made it a 4-0 game in the third inning. Cox led off with a double and scored on a single by Osborne.
South London started to make its move in the bottom of the third inning. Harrison Byrd singled on the first pitch and Sizemore walked. Conner McKeehan legged out an infield single, allowing Byrd to score. Sizemore scored on a wild pitch and McKeehan on an error for a 4-3 game.
Corbin would get two runs back in the fourth inning. Kaylee Morales and Botner both singled and scored. Botner crossed the plate on a double by Cox.
Another Corbin run in the fifth inning made it a 7-3 game. Combs singled and scored on Morales double.
In the bottom of the fifth, McKeehan led off with a double and scored on Wyatt’s single to left field.
When Corbin went down in order in the sixth, South London had the momentum going into its last at bat.
The Corbin rally will send them on to the district tournament, along with Clay County who swept through the winner’s bracket.