The Pineville-Bell County 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars knocked off Middlesboro 7-5 on Sunday to stay alive in the Area 3 Tournament.
Cameron Burnett drove in a pair of runs and had two singles. His bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth inning brought Jacob Jones in with the go-ahead run. Cole Hoskins, who doubled twice in the game, later scored an insurance run on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.
Hoskins pitched the final 1-2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run while striking out three and walking three to earn the win. Dawson Woolum pitched the first 4-1/3 and allowed five runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out five and walking three.
Pineville-Bell opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Hoskins doubled, stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play.
Middlesboro answered in the top of the third. Tyler Harris singled, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Connor Winterberger reached on a fielder’s choice grounder as Harris held at third and stole second. Lincoln Hall delivered a sharp single past short to bring Harris in with the tying run and he went to second on the throw home. One out later Parker Hall hit a liner but P-B second baseman Chanse Belcher was there to not only make the catch, but double Lincoln Hall off second and end the inning with the score still 1-1.
Belcher singled in the bottom of the inning and later scored on a wild pitch to put Pineville-Bell back on top. Hoskins doubled to start the fourth. Middlesboro center fielder Lane Bayless made his second spectacular play of the game with a sliding catch to rob Walker Landrum of extra bases. But Burnett followed with a base hit to score Hoskins and make it 3-1.
Middlesboro rallied to score four times in the top of the fifth and take a 5-3 lead. Harris singled and Winterberger walked before a passed ball put them to second and third. Lincoln Hall followed with a fielder’s choice grounder to short but Harris was able score as the throw home got away from Landrum. A throwing error on the play allowed Winterberger to score the tying run and Hall advanced all the way to third.
Danile Thomas singled to bring Hall in for a 4-3 Middlesboro lead. Parker Hall reached on an error to put runners at the corners but Thomas was thrown out at home on a double-steal attempt. Hall would later score on a wild pitch to make it a 5-3 game.
Pineville-Bell didn’t stay down for long as they put up four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Belcher reached on an error and Woolum was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Landrum walked to load the bases. A wild pitch and a throwing error allowed two runs to score and make it 5-5. Jacob Jones also walked and Hoskins reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to again load the bases. Landrum was forced out at home on a grounder to Elijah Mullins at second. Burnett then drew a walk for force in Jones and give P-B a 6-5 lead. Hoskins later scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5 and that proved to be the final score.
The loss eliminates Middlesboro from the tournament. On Saturday they dropped a 7-2 decision to to Knox County. Knox scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Middlesboro got a double from Lane Bayless followed by an RBI single from Bradlee Hale in the second and Gracie Gent single in Winterberger in the third to tie it. The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth when KC scored five time to take the game.
Pineville-Bell was scheduled to meet Williamsburg on Monday with a spot in the District 4 Tournament on the line. Williamsburg held off P-B in a wild 20-12 game to open the tournament on Saturday.