LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
MANCHESTER—The final four has been set in the Area 2 9-10 Boys All Star Tournament at Clay County. North Laurel Green will face Corbin White in the finals of the winners bracket. Clay County meets South London White in the semifinals of the loser’s bracket. Those games were scheduled for Thursday in Manchester.
Tuesday’s games saw one South London team advance and one South London team knocked out.
South London White 14, Corbin Red 4
South White stayed alive with a 10-run win over Corbin Red. South White rode its offense to the easy win by scoring in every inning. Eli Sizemore had a big night for South White with four hits, including three doubles with three RBI and three runs scored. Cameron Allen stroked three singles with three RBI.
Sizemore and Allen got the offense started in the first inning. With one out, Sizemore drilled a ground rule double to centerfield. He would score on a ground out by Conner McKeehan. Allen’s two-out single got another rally started. Alex Hostettler reached on an error and Chance Wyatt walked to load the bases. Hunter Johnson jumped on the first pitch to drive in a pair of runs.
Allen and Sizemore came up big again in the second inning. Micah Anders singled and scored on a double by Sizemore. McKeehan singled with both runners quickly moving into scoring position. Allen delivered again with a two-run single to make it a 6-0 game
The lead reached 8-0 in the third inning with Ford Breeding driving in Johnson with a single. Breeding scored on a grounder by Harrison Byrd.
Corbin Red had threatened in the first two innings and left the bases loaded in the second inning. They also left the bases loaded in the third, but not before scoring three runs. Nic Osborne singled home one run with three walks causing most of the damage.
South White pushed two more runs across in the fourth inning. McKeehan and Allen opened the inning with singles. Hostettler was robbed on a diving play by Corbin Red second baseman Boston Hardesty, but one run did score in the play. An RBI single by Carter Nelson made it a 10-3 score.
Corbin Red continued to put the ball in play. Hardesty doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a Cole Shelton single.
South White tacked on another run in the fifth inning. Sizemore legged out an infield single and scored on a deep fly ball by Allen.
South White scored three times in the sixth inning with Sizemore blasting a two-run double and Nelson adding an RBI single.
Corbin Red left 11 runners stranded in the first five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth it took Wyatt just three pitches to end the game.
Clay County 22, South London Red 1
A red hot Clay County team knocked South Red out of the Area 2 tournament Tuesday. Clay County has won its last two games by a combined 37-2 after losing its opening game to Corbin White.
Clay County needed to bat just three times to score its 22 runs. A five run first inning included a triple by Blake Mills and a double by J. L. Hubbard.
South Red did get one run back in the second inning. Logan Bowling singled and scored what would be the only South Red run. J. T. Estep added a bunt single in the inning.
Clay County put the game out of reach with 10 runs in the second inning. They would send 15 batters to the plate. Although Clay County had six singles in the inning, they were also helped by three errors, two walks, and a hit batter.
Four walks, an error, and a hit batter in the third inning led to seven more Clay County runs. Hunter Henson also ripped a triple in the third inning as Clay County stroked five hits to give them 11 for the game.
South Red did threaten in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles by Brett Norvell and J. T. Estep, but they would be left stranded.