By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
It was win or go home for both South London and Clay County Wednesday night in the girls’ 9-10 year old all-star tournament at North Laurel, with Clay County pulling out a 13-9 win in extra innings to stay alive in the tournament.
Clay County had an 8-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning and were looking to be cruising to the win but Coach Mindy Parman’s team had other plans, scoring six runs to tie the game at 8-8. After a scoreless sixth, the game moved into extra innings, where Clay scored five in the top of the seventh then held on for the win.
Clay County got on the board first in the top of the first for an early 2-0 lead. Ellie Finley led off with a walk of starting pitcher Madison Parman, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on another passed ball. After Kylee Morris walked, Hailey Napier singled her in to make it 2-0.
South London tied the game in the bottom of the second when leadoff batter Kylie Day was hit by a Napier pitch, one of eight batters the Clay pitcher hit in the game. She stole second then Shiane Bundy was brought in as a runner. Kallie Williams and Haley Caldwell both walked to load the bases. After McKenlie Robinson forced Bundy at home, Parman reached on an error that allowed Williams and Caldwell to score, tying the game 2-2.
Clay County then scored two in the top of the third, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth to build an 8-2 lead. Just when things were looking dim for South London, a six-run fifth tied the game at 8-8.
With one out, McKeehan was hit by a pitch, and Kelsey Dezarn walked. Bundy came in to run for Dezarn. Kylie Day then stroked a single that scored McKeehan.
A walk to Williams loaded the bases. After Rebecca Mays struck out, Brooklyn Riley walked to force in Bundy. An error then allowed Day to score, cutting the lead to 8-5.
Robinson hit into a fielder’s choice, and all runners were safe and Williams scored. Parman then singled to bring in Riley, and when the throw to third got away, Robinson raced for home to tie the game, 8-8.
A nice defensive play kept Clay County off the board in the sixth when Day threw a ball from right field to gun down Taylor Bowling at home.
Clay County struck for five runs in the top of the seventh as South London committed two errors. Now trailing 13-8, South London tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. South had the bases loaded with two outs when Napier hit Karly Gray to force in a run and keep the bases loaded, but she struck out McKeehan to end the game.
Clay County advanced in the loser’s bracket to face Tri-City Thursday night.