Pineville-Bell falls to Corbin 16-2
One day after holding off a strong Clay County comeback effort, the Pineville-Bell 9-10 All-Stars fell to Corbin 16-2 in round two of the little league all-star district tournament in Hazard.
“We came out a little flat today,” said Pineville-Bell coach Clay Carroll. “We’ve had a few go on vacation this week and had the weather playing a little bit of a factor. I’m not trying to make any excuses by any means, we just got out-played today.
“Corbin is a good team with great players and great coaching. They deserved to win today. We weren’t even expected to be here, but we were and we had a lot of fun. We are very proud of these guys and how hard they’ve worked.”
Things got off to a rough start offensively for Pineville-Bell as their first three batters were retired. Kordell Partin grounded out to first before Lane Brigman and Brayden Carroll flew out to center field and the pitcher respectively.
Good base running allowed Corbin to take an early lead in the bottom of the first. Jackson Willis got Corbin started after being walked by stealing second, third and eventually home on an error.
Carson Taylor was walked before Brady Webb stepped to the box, connecting on a two-run in-the-park homerun to right field, giving Corbin an 3-0 lead.
Braxton Storm and Brody Wilson were able to add two more runs for Corbin when two errors from the Pineville-Bell catcher allowed both to steal home. Corbin held a 5-0 lead heading into the second inning.
Pineville-Bell recorded their first hits of the game in the second when Ty Mays connected on a single and Steven Hoover added a single. Pineville-Bell was unable to capitalize and was held scoreless for the inning.
Corbin’s offense saw a sharp increase in production in the second inning as they totaled nine runs. Webb and Storm were walked and were able to steal home on errors.
Easton Hendrickson was driven home when Landyn Walters connected on an RBI single. After Walters’ single, Pineville-Bell walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Corbin.
Willis delivered another RBI double before Carson Taylor drove in another run on a single. Webb was walked before Storm was struck out, ending the inning with Corbin holding an 14-0 lead.
Pineville-Bell added their first run of the game when Logan Green delivered a double before stealing third and home on an error by Corbin. Mays drove in Lane Brigman to give Pineville-Bell their second and final run of the game.
Corbin added two more runs when Wilson and Bret Estep were able to steal home on errors, allowing Corbin to secure a 14-run victory, eliminating Pineville-Bell.
“Our boys fought all the way to the end,” said Carroll. “We’ve got a really good foundation built here and we hope to keep these guys together as long as we can. (Corbin) just came ready to play and they did a good job. We are very proud of our boys and all of the work they’ve put in.”