Walt Overbay has seen a lot in his 30 years as a coach with the Middlesboro Little Leagues. Thursday he helped to make a little more history on the field that is named in his honor. Walt managed Overbay’s to a fourth straight sweep of the Little League regular season and tournament titles, something that’s never been done before.
Overbay’s put up three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as they went on to beat Goodyear 12-0 to capture the title.
Jacob Mike turned in a dominant performance on the mound. He pitched a four-inning shutout and struck out 11 of the 13 batters he faced. Evan Collett singled leading off the second inning for Goodyear, but was left stranded at third. Jabari Kyle worked a walk with two out in the third, but was thrown out trying to steal second.
Offense wasn’t a problem for Overbay’s as they pounded out 12 hits in the game. Josh Overbay had three singles, Mike and Jacob Spurlock both singled and doubled and Eli Welch added two singles. Scotty Overbay and Rhyan Rogers both doubled and Tyrece Simpson added a single.
Josh Overbay singled with one out in the top of the first inning and Mike also blooped in a base hit. Spurlock followed with a two-run double and later scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Mike, who struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.
In the second inning Rogers laid down and bunt and advanced all the way to third on a throwing error. One out later Scotty Overbay also walked and Rogers scored on a wild pitch as Mike walked with two out. Spurlock followed with a very hard ground ball that was knocked down by Goodyear shortstop Jabari Kyle. Overbay and courtesy runner Blake Partin were both able to score on the play and Welch followed with an RBI single to make it 7-0.
In the third inning, Scotty Overbay walked with two out and then made it all the way to third as Josh Overbay beat out an infield hit. Scotty would later score on a delayed steal of home and Mike doubled to bring in Josh. Spurlock walked and Welch followed with a two-run single to right for an 11-0 lead.
Overbay’s tacked on a final run in the top of the fourth as Rogers doubled to center and later scored on a throwing error to make it 12-0.
Mike struck out the side again in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the game.