Overbay’s moved a step closer to a fourth straight Middlesboro Little League title, advancing to the championship game with a 14-3 win over Goodyear in Monday’s late game.
Jacob Mike and Jacob Spurlock combined on a two-hitter. Mike allowed just one run without giving up a hit over the first three innings, he struck out five and hit a batter. Spurlock struck out six over the final three innings, he gave up two runs on two hits and hit one batter.
Overbay’s broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth inning. Rhyan Rogers led off with a double and walks to Scotty Overbay and Josh Overbay loaded the bases. Mike was intentionally walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and Spurlock followed with a three-run double that made it 8-1. He would later score on a wild pitch and Tyrece Simpson also walked and came around to score in the inning to put Overbay’s up 10-1.
Overbay’s went up 1-0 in the top of the first as Scotty Overbay reached on an error and later came around to score.
Goodyear answered in the bottom of the inning as London Stephney reached on an error and came around to score.
Scotty Overbay, Mike and Spurlock all reached base and scored in the third to give Overbay’s a 4-1 lead.
Mike walked in the fifth inning and later came home on a bases loaded walk to Eli Welch as Overbay’s went up 11-1.
Goodyear was still looking for their first hit, but managed to get a run across in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game going. T.J. Patterson was hit by a pitch leading off and he eventually scored on a wild pitch with two out that made the score 11-2.
Overbay’s scored three runs in the top of the sixth and the only drama left was whether Goodyear would get a hit in the game.
Spurlock retired the first two batters in the bottom of the inning, but Trenton Stephney slapped a 3-2 pitch through the hole between first and second for Goodyear’s first hit. Stephney would later score on a hit by Evan Collett, but Overbay’s held on for the 14-3 win.
Overbay’s will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between Goodyear and People’s Choice Pharmacy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Overbay’s will have to be beaten twice to keep from winning a fourth straight title.