July 9, 2014 — The 11-12-year-old Olive Hill All-Stars already had one loss to Morehead heading into Wednesday’s elimination game.
They knew what kind of offense they had and how much power is in their lineup.
So they decided to beat them at their own game.
Ben Wilburn smacked a three-run home run in the second inning and Trace Tackett also added three RBI as they defeated Morehead 12-0 in four innings at Morehead city park.
“This is how you are supposed to start a tournament but with us being four games into it, we had a slow start,” Olive Hill Manager Rick Callahan said. “Our back was against the wall and we came ready to play.”
Morehead defeated Olive Hill 9-1 last Monday to send Olive Hill to the elimination bracket. After defeating Fleming County 19-13 on Tuesday, the two teams met again for a chance to keep their postseason hopes alive.
“These boys have been a little tight and tense after our first loss to Morehead but it woke our boys up,” Callahan said. “It wasn’t just one of them. It was all 12 of our kids that helped us get this win.”
Morehead would drop their first game of the tournament.
“We just came out flat in warm-ups and I’m not sure they had it won because of the name on their jersey or what,” Morehead Manager Toby Gardner said. “I tried to tell them they were a much better team than we played on Monday.”
Olive Hill jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after two Morehead errors allowed a run to come home.
“We just didn’t have the defensive support like we needed to for Preston,” Gardner said. “Everybody that has pitched knows if you don’t have that, it gets tough on them.”