The Middlesboro 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars are going on to the District 4 Tournament.
Middlesboro left little doubt in Tuesday’s 11-1, four-inning win over Williamsburg in the final elimination game of the Area 3 Tournament.
Riley Gent was perfect through three innings before giving up a one-out triple to Tate Fields in the fourth. Fields scored on Mason Manning’s ground out but Gent came back to record his sixth strikeout as Middlesboro carried an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Carson Shumate walked to start the bottom of the fourth and came all the way around to score on a pair of errors. Jabari Kyle and Gent then singled and Sebastian Wagoner walked to load the bases. D.J. Estes delivered a double to bring in Kyle and Gent and bring an early end to the game at 11-1.
Estes, Gent and Kyle all had two hits in the game with Estes driving in two runs and scoring one, and Gent and Kyle both scoring three runs. Wagoner and Ethan Treece also had singles with Tray Watkins driving a run with a ground out.
Middlesboro jumped on top with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle and Gent both singled with one out and Kyle scored the first run on a wild pitch. Wagoner added an RBI single and Estes also singled before Watkins brought Wagoner home with a grounder to short. Estes later scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0.
In the second Treece singled, went to second on a wild pitch and then scored as Shumate reached on an error. Three more errors would allow Shumate, Kyle and courtesy runner Macy Mink to score run in the inning as the lead grew to 8-0.
That was more than enough support for Gent, who was cruising. He finished the four-inning complete game by allowing just one run on one hit with six strikeouts and no walks. Middlesboro didn’t commit and error in the game.
The loss ends the tournament run for Williamsburg’s 11-12s while Middlesboro will carry one loss into next week’s District 4 Tournament in Corbin.