P-B All-Stars prepare

Anthony Cloud|Daily News Dalton Stepp throws to first base during the 11-12 Bell-Pineville All-Stars practice on Thursday.

The Pineville-Bell All-Stars continued to prepare on Thursday for the weekend tournament. The 11 and 12-year-olds will play at 2 p.m. on Sunday against the winner of the Middlesboro and Knox County game. The game will be at Williamsburg.

“We feel real good,” said coach Darrin Clark. “We’ve worked with this bunch now for four or five years and kept this group together.”

Clark said that both Middlesboro and Knox County are powers in baseball. He said they are always tough and are coached well each year.

“Every pitch, they are going where they are supposed to go. They back up throws and they have good pitching staffs,” said Clark about Middlesboro and Knox County. “It’s always a great challenge for us.”

Despite that, Clark likes his team’s chances of taking down either team.

“We feel real good this year that we’ve finally got the kids up to that level of competing,” said Clark.

Last year, Middlesboro defeated Pineville-Bell in the opening round of the tournament 14-7. Middlesboro rallied from a 5-2 deficit. During the fourth inning of that game, Middlesboro scored four runs to take the lead. The rally led to the victory.

Pineville-Bell was ultimately eliminated from the tournament in a closely contested game against Williamsburg. The team lost 2-1 in the seventh inning.

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