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July 2, 2014

Clay County drops South London into consolation bracket

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Monday night’s South London-Clay County game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but heavy rains washed that game out in the bottom of the first, forcing the game to be postponed.

When it was resumed Monday, per Little League rules, it had to be restarted as a new game. On Sunday, South had held Clay County scoreless in the first inning. Monday they weren’t so fortunate, as Clay struck for three runs in the first en route to a 16-7 win.

Clay County now advances in the winner’s bracket to face North Laurel Blue tonight at 8 p.m. South London falls into the consolation bracket and took on North Laurel Green Tuesday night in an elimination game.

After Clay scored three runs in the top of the first, South London responded with three runs of its own in the home half of the inning, tying the game at 3-3.

Ashton Garland led off with a double, then with one out, Colsen Hays singled. Both runners scored on a double by Ayden Smith. Smith would score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.

It stayed that way until the top of the third when Clay County scored twice to take a 5-3 lead. Collin Hawkins walked and scored on a single by Hayden Harris. Harris would score later on a wild pitch.

South got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Smith singled and scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-4.

Clay County then struck for six runs in the top of the fourth to grab control of the game and take an 11-4 lead.

The first three Clay batters walked to load the bases for Harris, who smacked a single to drive in two. Mayson Hacker and Tate Rice also had singles in the inning.

South continued to hang tough, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 11-6. Parker Payne reached on an error and scored when Smith grounded out to first. Garland singled and scored on a wild pitched.

But South’s pitching couldn’t keep the Clay County batters in check, as Clay scored four more runs in the fifth to up its lead to 15-6. South’s final run came in the bottom of the fifth when Gavin Noble singled in Jagger McGhee. Clay scored one more run in the top of the sixth to make the final 16-7.

South London 13, Corbin No. 2 0

South London opened tournament play with a 13-0 rout of Corbin No. 2 Saturday.

South scored three in the first and second innings, then tacked on seven more runs in the third to complete the shutout.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Colsen Hays doubled then scored on a double by Ayden Smith. Another double, this time by Caden Jones, scored Smith as the lead grew to 2-0. Jones later scored on a wild pitch.

Three more runs in the bottom of the second upped the lead to 6-0.

Gavin Noble led things off by getting hit by a pitch. Ashton Garland then reached on a fielder’s choice with one out. Following South’s second out, Noble scored on a wild pitch. Hays walked and Garland scored on another wild pitch to make it 5-0. A double by Smith then drove home Hays to make it 6-0.

South then tacked on seven more runs in the bottom of the third, then held Corbin scoreless in the top of the fourth to end the game with the Mercy Rule.

Garland, Tucker Warren, Hays and Smith were among the players who scored for South in the third inning.

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