July 10, 2013 — It was like Muhammad Ali and Walt Frazier on the baseball diamond at Boyd County National this past Wednesday when the Grayson and Olive Hill All-Stars met in the 11-12 year-old District 6 Area 1 Tournament.
Anytime one would throw a punch, the other would get a shot in themselves.
And in the end, like Ali, the Grayson All-Stars were the ones left standing.
Grayson’s Ethan Yates would hit the go-ahead single in the top of the sixth to break a 9-9 tie as the Blue and Red squad would score six times in the frame to defeat Olive Hill 15-9.
“He’s (Yates) worked hard and has been very clutch,” Grayson Coach Bryan Scott said. “When it came time to where we had to have the ball in play, he did what he needed to do. It was huge.”
But Scott’s team would not have been in that position to rally if not for Olive Hill’s fast start. Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Olive Hill’s Dustin Martin would hit a grand slam to jump out to a 5-0 lead after the first frame.
“Dustin hit his first two homeruns ever in this tournament,” Adkins said. “He got hot and his confidence was sky high and our other kids hit the ball really well.”
Grayson would then fight back in the second, taking advantage of an error to score two runs to get back within three at 5-2. Olive Hill would get singles from Dakota Rayburn and Jake McGlone to lead 7-2 after two innings. In the third inning, a Noah Caudill single and a Yates two-out, two RBI double would have Grayson within two at 7-5.
Olive Hill would distance themselves in the bottom of the third frame on a two-RBI single to centerfield by Trace Tackett to have the Maroon clad All-Stars with a comfortable 9-5 lead.