The 11-12 year-old Grayson All-Stars put everything on the line during the District 6 Area 1 tournament. After battling back almost every game they played, they reached the championship game of the tournament against Morehead.
Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, the luck ran out and Morehead won the tournament with a 16-11 victory over Grayson.
“You talk about battling, I’d go to war with these kids anytime,” Grayson Coach Bryan Scott said. “They never quit.”
Morehead hit four homeruns to seal the deal against Grayson but not before they made Morehead earn the victory.
Grayson struck first on a fielder’s choice by Caden McDavid that scored Max Shelton. Noah Caudill was able to reach on an error, scoring Tanner Glancy to lead 2-0 after the first frame.
Grayson faced adversity from the start of the game. Starting pitcher Trey Scott was beamed in the leg during an at-bat, which forced Caden McDavid to take the hill for Grayson. Scott said that was a big moment in the game.
“Our whole game plan changed,” Scott said. “It threw our pitching off a bit but our kids kept their heads up and got tougher. (Caden) didn’t know he was going to pitch and gave us some good pitches. Noah came in and really pitched well.”
Morehead raced out to a 5-2 lead after the first inning on several hits and an error, putting Grayson in the hole.
Grayson made a huge momentum swing in the second, thanks to a single by Shelton, scoring Jay Holley. After Lucas Young groundout and brought home a run, Shelton sent a towering shot out of the park for a three-run homerun and Grayson completed yet another comeback to lead 7-5. Caudill would score on a wild pitch in the inning to give Grayson an 8-5 lead.
Morehead took the lead for good in the bottom frame scoring six runs on a homerun, two base hits and an error. Morehead would take control in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homerun by Jacob Smith.
Trey Scott had seen enough. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, he told the coaches he wanted to hit and he responded with the extra base hit to score Matthew Holmes, Alex Harris and Shelton to bring them within two runs.
“The triple he hit was big,” Scott said. “Cleared the bases and that’s the kind of kids we have. …we just came up short but we have nothing to hang our heads about. We just gave up the long ball too much.”
Morehead provided the final blow on two homeruns in the bottom of the fifth.
“They beat us two games …but they know who we are,” Scott said. “Our kids will stay together and keep working hard. They have a lot of potential.”
Grayson tried to rally in the sixth but left two runners on base to end the game. But Scott was proud that his team made Morehead earn the championship.
“Give Morehead a lot of credit,” Scott said. “They have a fine team and they played a heck of game.”
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