Tri-City All-Stars defeat Clay, fall to Jackson in District 4 tourney


Team members include, from left, front row: Ella Creech, Brennan Huddleston, Tyson Surber, Jakari Tinsley, Peyton Sherman and McKenzie Huff; second row: Truitt Baldwin, Hutton Sherman, Javontae Stewart, Emmitt Halcomb, Trace Staten and Kegan Caudill; back row: coaches Sean Halcomb, Randy Surber, Scott Sherman and head coach Kainer Caudill.

The Tri-City coach pitch all-stars broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to defeat Clay County 19-12 in the first round of the District 4 Tournament on Friday at Hazard.

Hutton Sherman led the Tri-City offensive onslaught with four hits, including three inside-the-park homers. Keegan Caudill also had four hits, including a homer. Trace Staten added four hits. Rounding out the attack were Emmitt Halcomb, Tyson Surber, Brennan Huddleston and Truitt Baldwin with three hits each, Ella Creech with two, and Jakari Tinsley with one. Surber also homered for Tri-City.

Tri-City advances to play Jackson County on Sunday at 5 p.m. Harlan will play Knox County on Saturday at 4.

The Tri-City 8U coach-pitch all-stars couldn’t overcome a stellar defensive performance and heads-up baserunning by Jackson County as they fell into the losers bracket with an 11-4 defeat Sunday at Hazard.

Despite only striking out four times in the game, Tri-City struggled to get on base as Jackson repeatedly made solid defensive plays on well-hit balls.

Kegan Caudill, Tyson Surber and Jakari Tinsley each had two hits for Tri-City. Emmitt Halcomb, Peyton Sherman, Brennan Huddleston, Truitt Baldwin and Javontae Stewart added one apiece. Sherman drove in two runs, and Halcomb also had an RBI.

Tri-City returns to action in the double-elimination tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s game between North Laurel and South Laurel.