By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are off to one of their best starts in school history, improving to a perfect 8-0 on the season with an 11-10 win in eight innings over Berea Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets were one day removed from capturing the 13th Region All ‘A’ classic Tournament championship, but still had enough offense to pull off an impressive 11-10 win over the visiting Pirates.
John Mountjoy’s squad trailed 10-3 before storming back to win while scoring eight unanswered runs.
“We didn’t come out ready to play for sure Saturday,” Mountjoy said. “We had just beaten Middlesboro for the All ‘A’ title and we were a little flat. I believe we thought Berea would just not show up, but they did.
“We dug a 10-3 hole, but never quit,” he added. “This is the kind of game we needed,” he added. “To be down and come back like we did is big. It shows the kids that even when you are down, you can chip away and win the game even if you’re down seven runs.”
Williamsburg’s bats have played a huge part during its success so far this season. The Yellow Jackets have scored double figures in five of its last six games and six times overall this season while outscoring their opponents, 86-32, this season.
“I’ll be honest, coming into the season I felt like we would be able to field the ball good and pitch, but I was worried about our bats.
“I knew players like Micah (Purdie) and Jonathan Teague were going to hit, but I had some players like Tanner Raines, Chris Sawyers and Dalton Peace that are younger and I didn’t know,” he added. “But they’ve come through and really performed well.”
After falling behind 3-2 after the first inning, Berea responded with two runs in the second inning while adding six more in the top of the third to take a 10-3 edge.
Williamsburg responded with fours runs in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 10-7 and the Yellow Jackets tied things at 10 apiece in the bottom of the seventh with three runs, as Teague provided the big hit during the inning — a two-run triple.
Williamsburg wrapped up the win in the bottom of the eighth as Sawyers led off with a double and eventually scored the game-winning run.
“I’m really proud of my guys for fighting back,” Mountjoy said. “Chris got a big hit for us and that was key. The big thing is we’re putting the ball in play.”