Middlesboro’s 11-year-old All-Stars entered Tuesday’s District 4 Tournament game against Corbin down two players and they just never could get on track in an 11-1 loss. Corbin scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and put the game away with four more in the bottom of the fifth.
Tyshawn Simpson had two hits and T.J. Patterson singled, walked and scored a run to lead the Middlesboro offense. Keith McPherson walked twice while Eric Helton and Hunter Hoskins also drew walks in the game.
Simpson and Patterson both singled with two out in the top of the first inning, but Quinton Botner came back to get his third strikeout of the inning to end the threat.
Botner led off the bottom of the first with a single and Payton Addison walked before Cody Cox singled to put Corbin on top. Nick Osborne drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder. He, Luke Ledington and Josh Gilbert would also come around to score in the inning for a 5-0 lead.
Helton relieved Middlesboro starter Dillon Collins with one on and one out in the second and got a grounder and a strikeout to end the inning. He left in third after issuing a walk and getting another groudout and strikeout. Zach Troglen greeted new pitcher Simpson with a double to right to push the lead to 6-0.
McPherson had walked in the second for Middlesboro and Helton walked in the third, but a 6-4-3 double play ended that threat.
Middlesboro finally got on the board in the fourth. Patterson and Hoskins both walked to start the inning and McPherson also walked to load the bases. Patterson would scored on a passed ball. But Cox came back to get a ground ball and two strikeout to end the inning.
Ledington had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning and Cox worked around a Simpson single in the top of the fifth.
Corbin got RBI singles from Josh Oliver, Nich Osborne and Ledington to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth.
Corbin was scheduled to play Knox County in the winner’s bracket final Wednesday at 6 p.m. while Middlesboro was to meet North Laurel in an elimination game late Wednesday.