TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

July 8, 2013

Still standing

Williamsburg All Stars advance to district tournament


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN —

By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

LONDON — After having the 12-year-old Area 3 Tournament moved from their home field due to excessive rain last week, the Williamsburg All Stars were put in a tough position this weekend.

Not only were they hosting a tournament on a field more than 30 miles away from theirs, but they were forced to wait almost three days before they could play a game that could have ended their all-star season.

Williamsburg stood strong Sunday, finishing a game that was supposed to be played Friday night, picking up a 14-2 win over Middlesboro to move on to the district tournament, which is scheduled to begin today at Corbin’s Rotary Park.

After the win, Williamsburg coach Jerry Croley talked about how proud he was of his team as they played the waiting game as well as the game of baseball well.

“We just take things one day at a time because that’s all you can do,” Croley said. “I’m really proud of my kids for the way they have stayed in these games when they could have easily been distracted with all the delays and so on.

“They came out here today and hit the baseball well and made some good plays,” he added. “We were able to beat two really good teams in Pineville/Bell and Middlesboro to get to move on, so we’ll see what we can do in the district.”

Middlesboro got on the scoreboard early Saturday with a run in the first inning, but Williamsburg answered in the third with four runs of its own, highlighted by a home run off the bat of Clay Kysar to make the score 4-1.

The game was delayed with Williamsburg leading 4-1 in the top of the third, but the delay didn’t slow down the offense at all.

When play resumed Sunday afternoon Williamsburg added three more runs in the fifth inning on four hits and a base on balls to push the lead to 7-1.

Middlebsoro plated one run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the gap to 7-2, but it was nowhere near enough to save them from what was about to happen.

Williamsburg sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth, scoring seven runs on seven hits in the inning, sparked by a three-run home run off the bat of Kyle Edmisten, which made the score 10-2. Williamsburg added four more runs in the inning to stretch the lead to 14-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jacob Prewitt came on to close things out in the sixth inning for Williamsburg, relieving Caleb Rains after a strong effort on the mound. Prewitt struck out two of the three batters he faced to end the game.