July 9, 2014 — The 11-12-year-old Morehead All-Stars were not used to playing from behind.
Down two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, they hit four straight singles to pull ahead for good as they defeated the Olive Hill All-Stars 9-7 to claim the Area 1 District 6 Championship.
Olive Hill, who had beaten Morehead the night before to force the third deciding game between the two teams, staged a rally of its own in the fourth frame. They were down 4-2 before Trace Tackett crushed a two-out grand slam over the centerfield fence to take a 6-4 lead.
“I thought we had two errors in that game and one of them was that 3-1 pitch,” Morehead manager Toby Gardner said of Tackett’s grand slam. “Trace is one of the strongest, most powerful hitters in the district and he made us pay for that mistake.”
“Trace got all of it,” Callahan said. “He gave us a cushion in the fourth inning and we’ve got a fine hitting ball club and we put an all-star team together of 35 kids in the 11-12 league in Olive Hill. But we have a good bunch.”
To Morehead’s credit, they came back in the bottom frame by not hitting home runs (their M.O. in this tournament) by getting RBI singles by Preston Adkins, Devon Stevens and Andrew Hankinson to regain the lead.
“We came back and put our foot on the pedal and kept on truckin’,” Gardner said.
“They hit the ball really well,” Callahan said. “We’ve seen them three times in this tournament and we knew they were a good hitting team. We just needed to limit their runs.”
“I can’t say enough about these kids,” Gardner said. “Especially after (Wednesday night). Everyone that’s been here knows what kind of team we have and in that game we weren’t ourselves. We didn’t hit, field or pitch well.”