July 8, 2013

Clay County stars win battle with South

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Clay County rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and then had to hold off a South London rally for a 9-8 win in the finals of the 9-10 year old Area 2 Tournament at South London. Clay County advances to the district tournament. South London needs a win over Corbin to advance as the runner-up.

It looked like South London wouldn’t have to play the final game as it took a 7-4 lead into the final inning against Clay County. Four walks and two big hits provided the four runs Clay County needed. The big hits were a two-run single by Raven Abner that tied the game and a two-run double by Hunter Henson that gave Clay County a 9-7 lead.

Then it was the Clay County’s gloves that saved the game as South London did not go quietly in its final at bat. Colson Hays hit a rocket that was flagged down at second base. Harrison Byrd singled and Eli Sizemore took first on catcher interference. When Conner McKeehan singled on the first pitch the bases were loaded. Chance Wyatt hit a hard shot to shortstop that Clay County again got a glove on. It was still enough to score Byrd and make it a one-run game. Reed Marcum also hit a hard shot right at the second baseman for the final out. It was the first time South London had trailed in the game since the top of the first inning.

Henson led off the game with a single for Clay County and scored on an error. South London answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Hays, Byrd, and Sizemore all singled with Sizemore’s hit driving in the first run. After a walk to McKeehan, Wyatt drove in two runs with a double. Wyatt would finish the night with four RBI.

Clay County made it 3-3 in the second inning on RBI singles by Tucker Burns and Henson. Again South London had the answer with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. McKeehan and Wyatt drove in the runs for South London in the second inning.

Clay County put together three more hits in the third inning with J.L. Hubbard driving home Justin Begley to make it a 5-4 game.

Clay County tied the game for the second time in the fourth inning. It would be an unearned run with Henson walking and scoring all the way from first on an error.

Clay County would give two runs to South London in the fourth inning. Harrison Byrd was hit by a pitch and Sizemore walked. Both runners scored on the same wild pitch.

Wyatt struck out the side in the fifth inning on just 13 pitches, but South London could not hold Clay County in the sixth.