Middlesboro #1’s Hunter Bayless singled to bring home Craig Collins in the bottom of the fourth inning and break a 5-all tie.
Bayless was thrown out after rounding second, but Holden North singled to keep the rally going and he came around to score a big insurance run on a single by Daniel Webb to make it 7-5.
Middlesboro #2 (the minor league all-star team) got one run back in the fifth inning as Joshua Arnold walked and came around to score to make it a one run game, but that proved to be the final run of the game as Middlesboro #1 held on for the 7-6 win.
Webb was the winning pitcher as he struck out eight and walked six while giving up just one run over the final 3 1/3 innings.
He combined with Caleb Partin and Logan Capps on a no-hitter for Middlesboro #1.
Middlesboro #2 took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Tyler McCullough reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.
Team #1 tied it up in their half of the first as Capps singled, Bayless reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on Partin’s fielder’s choice.
Team #2 again went on top in the second inning as Dillion Gibson walked, advanced to second on a ground out by Tanner Horton, and later scored on a passed ball.
Team #1 took the lead with three runs in the second inning. Van Ball led off with a double and later scored. Brennan Hale walked and Collins singled. The runners moved up on a wild pitch, then Capps hit a hard ground ball to third.
Hale scored as Team #2 third baseman Chase Elliott knocked the ball down and caught Collins in a run-down between second and third.
Capps advanced to second on a grounder by Bayless and scored as North reached on an error to make it 4-2.
Middlesboro team #2 came right back with three runs of their own in the top of the third. Dillon Spade, Hunter Evans and Arnold all walked and came around to score as Team #2 took a 5-4 lead.
Ball walked for Team #1 in the bottom of the third, stole second and came around to score on a pair of throwing errors to tie the game at five and set the stage for the pivotal fourth inning.
Capps, Bayless, Collins, Louie Hardin, North and Webb all had singles for Middlesboro #1 while Ball doubled.
Middlesboro #2 didn’t get a hit in the game, but scored their six runs thanks to 10 walks and a few errors.
In addition to those mentioned earlier, Elliott, Anthony Jackson and Alexx Saragus also drew walks for team #2. Gibson, Spade and Arnold all drew two walks in the game.
Middlesboro #1 advances to meet host Williamsburg in a re-match of their first round game tonight at 6 p.m. Because of Saturday’s rainout, the winner will play Pineville/Bell County in the losers’ bracket final at 8 p.m.
Pineville/Bell defeated Williamsburg on Saturday before the rain set in, then lost to Knox County Sunday afternoon.