Times-Tribune Staff Report
The Kentucky Halos, a local 17-and-under travel baseball team, recently brought home the championship trophy from the Smokey Mountain Iron Horse Invitational Tournament.
The Tournament, which was held at Cocke County High School in Newport Tenn., was a high school tournament that included graduated seniors. The Halos are made up of incoming juniors and seniors from North Laurel, South Laurel, Corbin, Clay County, Harlan County and Wayne County.
The Halos finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record with wins over the Knoxville Stars and Cocke County High School to get the finals, followed by a 9-2 win over the Somerset Twins in the championship game.
Halos' coach Jon Townsend said he was more than pleased with the effort of his team, especially considering the fact the competition is made up of older players.
“I’m very proud of the way our team played, particularly against an older and more mature team like the Twins,” Townsend said. “The aggressiveness we showed at the plate and on the base paths is something that college coaches love to see, and that’s why we work on it so much.
“We let the catchers and pitchers work together to call the pitches and it is obvious that they are learning more about how to control the game every single day,” he added.
Corbin’s Austin Combs pitched a six-inning no-hitter in the semifinal game before the mercy-rule ended the game, while South Laurel’s Joe Gaines went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored to lead the way at the plate.