July 10, 2013 —
But like Grayson did all game, they found a way to push runners across. Caden McDavid, with two runners on, hit a double to left, scoring Trey Scott and Lucas Young. Yates would drive in a run to bring Grayson within one run at 9-8. Grayson would tie it up in the fifth on McDavid’s groundout.
“We really did not play well,” Scott said. “We should not have been in the position we were but we battled back and didn’t quit and we came out on top.”
“We played well for five innings and it just fell apart,” Adkins said. “We’re really young but we’ll bounce back from this next year.”
The sixth saw Grayson make its move. The first two batters reached on base for Yates who deposited the ball in the outfield to score Max Shelton. Grayson would score two runs on bases loaded walks and a wild pitch home. Caudill would add a ground rule double that scored two runs to give Grayson a 15-9 lead.
“That’s what little league baseball is all about,” Scott said. “They played their hearts out.”
Scott added: “I thought if we could get over the hump and get even with them, we would be alright. We tied the game up and then the wheels sort of fell off for them.”
Adkins is proud of his group for getting two wins in the tournament but knows this one got away from his team.
“In a tournament like this, the pitch count really hurts,” Adkins said. “We ran out of pitchers but our guys threw the ball well. But it’s for the kids in helping their arm.”
“Hats off to Olive Hill,” Scott said. “They hit they ball and were not intimidated at all. They came ready to play and we were not. They woke us up really quick.”
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