By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
July 10, 2013 — The Grayson 11-12-year-old All-Stars love rain delays.
After rains poured down on Boyd County National’s Fraley Field that stopped play for several hours, Grayson brought the bats alive Saturday evening against Fleming County.
After being down 16-5 and down to their last three outs in the bottom of the fourth, Grayson would score 12 unanswered runs between then and the sixth inning to give them a 17-16 win and advance to the championship game of the District 6, Area 1 Tournament.
“We just don’t give up,” Coach Bryan Scott said. “This is one of the toughest groups of kids you’ll ever see. We are tickled to death.”
Grayson would have to fight out of the gate once again like they did against Olive Hill. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, a bases-loaded walk forced by Noah Caudill scored Max Shelton. Ethan Yates would reach on an error in the next at-bat to score Trey Scott.
Fleming County used a big second inning to plate five runs on seven hits to jump out to a 7-2 lead. The lead ballooned to 11-2 in the third stanza.
But Grayson did not quit, plating three runs over their own in the bottom of the third inning. Treydon Elliott would smack a single to center that scored Caden McDavid and Caudill. A few batters late, Caleb Wallace’s single to left scored Jay Holley to make it 11-5.
The fourth inning would see Fleming County put five runs on the board thanks to a fielder’s choice, single and a homerun. Grayson would get out of the inning just before a lightning strike in the distance to delay the game.
An hour and 15 minutes later, the top of the fifth resumed and Grayson’s bats would sound more like the thunder they heard during the storm. A leadoff walk by Scott allowed Lucas Young to earn a two-run homerun to keep Grayson alive at 16-7. A McDavid walk and a Caudill single put two runners on for Tanner Glancy, who hit a single to center to score a run.
Three batters later, Caleb Wallace with two on, hit a single to left to score two more runs to bring Grayson within six at 16-10. From there, Max Shelton would provide the big hit, a two-run homerun to cap off a seven run fifth to keep Grayson in the game.
Grayson would climb all the back to tie the game when Elliott hit an infield dribbler. The throw to first was wild and that allowed the winning run to score to win 17-16.
“We battled all the way to the end,” Scott said. “You cannot count these kids out of anything.”
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