Pineville-Bell teams eliminated

Published 11:45 am Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Neither Pineville-Bell team could find success in their elimination games on Monday. The 8-10s were eliminated by Middlesboro, 7-5, just three days removed from playing in the area championship.

For the 11-12s, Pineville-Bell lost to Knox County 13-8 in an elimination game. With the two losses, both all-star teams from Pineville-Bell have failed to reach the district tournament.

Middlesboro will have two teams playing in the district tournament over the weekend.

Pineville-Bell vs. Middlesboro 8-10s

The Middlesboro All-Stars got their revenge on Monday. After losing in the opening game of the area tournament against Pineville-Bell, Middlesboro prevented their local rival from reaching the district tournament with a 7-5 victory.

With the win, Middlesboro 8-10s advance to districts.

Middlesboro got things started off when a lead-off single by Blake Marsee turned into a run giving Middlesboro a 1-0 lead in the first.

After two silent innings from both teams, Pineville-Bell began making strides in the fourth. A fielding error allowed Deakon Partin to reach first with one out on the board. Chase Widener reached on a walk before Ty Mays hit a single. Each runner scored to give Pineville-Bell a 3-1 lead.

Reese Arno ended the inning with a run after reaching on an error to increase the Pineville-Bell lead to 4-1.

Malaki Coots kicked the fourth inning off for Middlesboro with a double. He eventually scored on an error to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Pineville-Bell returned the lead to three runs in the fifth when Logan Stepp scored to increase the lead to 5-2.

Middlesboro blew the game wide open in the bottom half of the fifth. An error and four walks set the tone down the final stretch. Brady Hatmaker, Marsee, Jayden Simpson, Nate Wicks and Asher Haygood each scored to secure a 7-5 victory for Middlesboro.

Pineville-Bell vs Knox County 11-12s

A nine-run rally in the opening inning by Knox County helped create the momentum the team needed to hand Pineville-Bell a 13-8 loss.

Pineville got off to a good start in the first with Elijah Hampton scoring a run after reaching on a double. With two outs on the board, Austin Robbins and Luke Widener both scored after reaching on singles to give Pineville-Bell a 3-0 lead.

Knox rallied in the bottom half of the first batting around the lineup while scoring nine runs to take a 9-3 lead. Runs from Waylan Frazier and Jacob Taylor in the third increased Knox’s lead to 11-3.

Pineville-Bell cut the lead to five in the in the fourth with runs from Blake Burnett, Elijah Hampton and Seth Burchell. Pineville narrowed the deficit to 11-6.

Knox added two runs in the fifth to widen the margin to 13-6.

Pineville looked poised to make a run at the lead in the sixth with Burchell and Robbins scoring during the first two at-bats of the inning. That would be the only runs Pineville-Bell could earn as Knox walked away with a five-run victory.