Jabari Kyle and D.J. Estes drove in three runs apiece, Sebastian Wagoner homered and Carson Shumate had four hits as the Middlesboro 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars rallied from a 5-2 deficit for a 14-7 win over Pineville-Bell County in the Area 3 Tournament on Sunday. The game was postponed by heavy rain on Saturday just before the first pitch.
Estes got Middlesboro on the board in the top of the first inning with a bases-loaded single. Shumate and Kyle came around to score on the hit for a 2-0 lead.
Pineville-Bell got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Smith led off with a chopper down the third base line for an infield single and later scored on a passed ball.
Play resumed after a lengthy ran delay and P-B starter Dalton Stepp kept Middlesboro off the board for the next two innings. Pineville-Bell put up four runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead.
Hayden Clark and Alex Mays both walked to start the inning. With two away, Clark scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Stepp added an RBI single, Hayden Callebs an RBI double and Isaac Eldridge an RBI single to make it 5-2 after three.
Middlesboro’s offense woke up in the fourth. Shawn North singled with one out, then Shumate and Kyle followed with doubles. Riley Gent’s base hit brought Kyle in with the tying run and he later scored on a passed ball for a 6-5 Middlesboro lead.
In the fifth Macy Mink walked, Ethan Treece was hit by a pitch and North walked and all three would come around to score. Shumate had an RBI ground out and Kyle an RBI single during the inning as the lead grew to 9-5.
Pineville-Bell got two runs in their half of the fifth as Stepp was hit by a pitch and stole second. Eldridge followed with an RBI single to center and advanced to second on the throw home. Eldridge later scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run game, but that was as close as P-B would get.
Wagoner led off the sixth inning with a home run over the center field fence. Estes dropped a double just inside the left field line and took third on an error. Mink was hit by a pitch and stole second. Ikie Partin reached on an error as Estes scored and a North ground out brough Mink home. Shumate singled in another run and later scored on a wild pitch to set the final at 14-7.
Eldridge led Pineville-Bell with two RBI singles and also walked and scored a run. Callebs drove in a run with a double and was also hit by a pitch and scored a run. Stepp added an RBI single, was hit by a pitch and scored twice. Jacob Smith singled and scored a run while Hayden Clark and Alex Mays both walked three times and scored a run.
Wagoner started and pitched into the fourth inning to pick up the win with Gent and Estes finishing out the game.
In Sunday’s late game it was Knox County beating Williamsburg 10-0.
Monday, Middlesboro was scheduled to play Knox County at 6 p.m. in the winner’s bracket final with Pineville-Bell taking on Williamsburg in an elimination game in the nightcap. The loser of the first game will play winner of the second on Tuesday for a spot in the District 4 Tournament.
The Area 3 Tournament is being played at Kiwanis Park, the Pineville-Bell Little League complex in Fourmile.