After being down 2-0 in the early portion of the game Tuesday, Middlesboro 9-10s went on a rally to defeat Pineville-Bell 13-7. Middlesboro tallied multiple runs in the fourth and fifth inning to win the game. As a result, Pineville-Bell was eliminated.
Pineville-Bell started the game off strong. After striking out Daniel Thomas, Riley Justice grounded out. Lane Bayless was struck out to end Middlesboro’s at-bat.
Pineville-Bell was able to score two runs in the first inning. Peyton Mason and Evan Biliter both scored to give Pineville-Bell a 2-0 lead. The final out of the inning came when Timmy Hall struck out swinging.
Pineville-Bell was able to hold Middlesboro scoreless in the second inning as well. Xavier Simpson struck out to lead off the inning. Yousiff Nabot was able to get on base with a hit. Warren Vaught and Connar Mason got out before Nabot could score.
Going into the bottom of the second, Middlesboro trailed 2-0.
Pineville-Bell was also held scoreless in the second inning. Cameron Hoskins and Austin Robbins were the first two players to get out for the team. Mason was able to get on base, but Sawyer Thompson struck out to end the inning.
Middlesboro was able to cut into the lead in the third inning. Lead-off batter Ashton Helton scored a run to narrow the lead to 2-1. Thomas struck out swinging for the team’s first out.
Grigsby, Justice, and Bayless were all able to get on base for Middlesboro. Grigsby was thrown out before he could score. Simpson hit a single to load the bases. Nabot struck out swinging to end the at-bat.
Pineville-Bell scored two more runs in the third inning as well. Biliter and Jacob Jones scored runs to increase their lead to 4-1.
A fourth and fifth inning rally from Middlesboro helped the team steal the game. In the fourth inning, Vaught, Mason, Helton, Thomas, Grigsby and Justice all scored runs. The rally gave Middlesboro a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Middlesboro held Pineville-Bell scoreless in the fourth inning and continued to add to their lead in the top of the fifth — where Mason, Thomas, Grigsby, Justice and Bayless scored runs. Mason also scored in the top of the sixth, giving Middlesboro a 13-4 lead heading into the final inning.
Pineville-Bell attempted to stage a comeback in their final at-bat. Biliter, Walker Landrum and Jones each scored runs. The effort wasn’t enough as Pineville-Bell lost 13-7 to Middlesboro.
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