The Middlesboro 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars ran into a bit of a buzzsaw on Monday in the winner’s bracket final of the Area 3 Tournament. Knox County put up four runs in the first inning and seven in the fourth on the way to a 12-1 win over Middlesboro.
Knox County advances to the Distict 4 Tournament in Corbin next week, while Middlesboro was set to take on Williamsburg Tuesday for another spot in that tournament.
Ethan Mills led off the game with a home run for Knox. Brady Worley, Troy Phipps and Laken Abner followed with singles and they all three came around to score for a 4-0 lead.
Middlesboro got on the board in their half of the first. Riley Gent drew a two-out walk and Sebastian Wagoner followed with a single to right and an error on the play put runners at second and third. Gent was able to score on a passed ball to make it 4-1.
Worley answered with a soloe homer of his own in the second inning to put the lead back to four.
Middlesboro threatened in the bottom of the third as Jabari Kyle and Gent both singled with two out, but Worley came back with a strikeout to end the inning.
Knox put the game away by scoring seven runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Worley pitched three innings while giving up just one run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked one in the win.