The magic in those sweet blue camo jerseys just ran out for the Pineville-Bell County 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars on Monday. P-B led Williamsburg 7-4 after four innings in their elimination game at the Area 3 Tournament in Middlesboro, but Williamsburg put up 20 runs over the final two innings to take a 24-7 win and advance to next week’s District 4 Tournament.
Pineville-Bell got on the board in the first inning when Chanse Belcher singled and later came around to score. In the bottom of the third Walker Landrum and Jacob Jones both singled. Cameron Burnett walked and Timmy Hall was hit by a pitch as Landrum scored to cut Williamsburg’s lead to 4-2.
Evan Biliter, who started the game, and Peyton Mason kept Williamsburg from scoring in the top of the fourth and Pineville-Bell broke out their bats in a big way in the bottom of the inning.
Belcher tripled and then scored as Dawson Woolum walked. Landurm’s double brought Woolum home to tie the game and one out later Cole Hoskins also doubled to bring Landrum in with the go-ahead run. P-B wasn’t finished as Biliter walked and Cameron Burnett reached on a fielder’s choice as Hoskins scored. Timmy Hall added a single and Mason walked as Burnett also scored to put Pineville-Bell up 7-4.
But Williamsburg scored eleven runs in the top of the fifth and nine more in the sixth to put the game away.
Sydney Bowen had a big game for Williamsburg with two singles and two doubles to go along with an in the park home run. He scored five times in six at bats. Casey Kyser also had three singles and a double and scored four runs. Kyser pitched the final three innings to get the win. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking five.
Biliter gave up four runs on three hits over his 3-2/3 innings for Pineville-Bell. He struck out three and walked three.
Landrum led the P-B offense with two singles and a double. He scored two runs and drove in one. Belcher singled and doubled to score twice. Jones and Mason both walked twice and singled. Hoskins walked, doubled and scored a run. Dawson Woolum singled, walked and scored a run and Hall singled and walked in the game.
The loss ends Pineville-Bell County’s run in the All-Star Tournament. They eliminated Middlesboro on Sunday with a 7-5 win.
Knox County and Williamsburg both advance to the District 4 Tournament, which will also be held in Middlesboro. That tournament will start next week but the exact date has yet to be determined.