By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
MIDDLESBORO — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets continue to struggle after starting the season with a nine-game win streak to claim the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic.
A 10-2 loss to Middlesboro Thursday was the third straight loss for John Mountjoy’s squad and the ninth in the last 10 games.
The game was close until the bottom of the fifth inning when a pitching move by Mountjoy backfired. After Middlesboro took a 2-1 lead, Williamsburg managed to tie the score in the top of the fifth when Ryan Bowlin scored after singling to left field and coming round on an error.
Williamsburg starter Jon Teague got into trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning, forcing Mountjoy to go to the bullpen with the bases loaded.
That’s when disaster struck as Middlesboro’s Brian Hale connected with the first pitch Micah Purdie threw, sending it out of the park for a grand slam to make the score 5-2 by the time the inning was over.
“Jon (Teague) pitched a great game for us and just got into a little trouble there in the fifth,” Mountjoy said. “I went to Micah (Purdie) and wouldn’t you know it, the first pitch he throws the kid hits it out of the park.
“We struggled from there and I really just pitched some young kids and pieced the rest of the game together,” he added. “We played a good game though and we were in the game up to that point, but things like that really take a lot out of your kids.”
Williamsburg gave up three more runs in the sixth inning to make the score 10-2 by the time all was said and done.
Teague was charged with the loss, giving up five runs in the game as he was charged with three of the four runs from the grand slam.
Purdie scored the first run of the game for Williamsburg after he walked and scored on an RBI double by Michael Creekmore.
Mountjoy’s squad will be back in action today as it welcomes Monticello for a 6 p.m. game, which will be followed by a showdown with Clay County under the lights.