Pineville rallies from 8-0 deficit to edge Tri-City; Harlan advances


John Henson

Byron Shepherd struck out five and allowed no hits over 2 1/3 innings as he started on the mound for Tri-City on Friday.

By John Henson, Managing Editor

HAZARD — Down 8-0 in the middle of the fourth inning, the Pineville/Bell All-Stars rallied with nine runs in the fourth on the way to a 9-8 victory over Tri-City in the District 4 (ages 11-12) Tournament on Friday.
Byron Shepherd held Pineville hitless through 2 1./3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Hayden Grace retired two to finish the third inning, but Pineville broke through with six hits in the fourth inning, beginning with a two-run triple from John Hayes. Carson Clark came in to pitch after six straight reached to start the inning. Mason Szinski, Brayden Carroll and Hayes followed with hits.
Hunter Fuson, Elijah Creech, Shepherd, Kyllian Jackson and Brayan Perez had singles for Tri-City.
Hayes led Pineville/Bell with a triple and double for three RBI. Carroll added two singles with two RBI. Szinski and Brody Fugate had one single each.
Tri-City scored six runs in the second inning with the help of seven Pineville errors.
Eli Burchfield gave up eight runs on five hits in four innings on the mound. Hayes pitched two shutout innings, retiring all six batters he faced.
Tri-City 061 100 — 8. 6. 0
Pineville/Bel 000 90x — 9. 6. 8
Shepherd, Grace (3), Clark (4) and Howard; Burchfield, Hayes (5) and Szkinski. WP — Burchfield. LP — Clark. Sv — Hayes.
Harlan stayed alive in the District 4 Tournament with a 9-4 win over Tri-City on Sunday.
Cooper Thomas pitched three innings with seven strikeouts. Brody Brock pitched three innings with two strikeouts.
Zach Boggs had a double and two RBI to lead the Harlan offense. Andrew Vance, Cameron Brock and Bryson Kelly added singles. Kelly also drove in two runs.
Elijah Creech singled for Tri-City’s only hit.
Harlan fell 7-6 to Knox County in seven innings on Saturday.
Myles Jenkins had a double with two RBI. Boggs and Brock each contributed a double and single. Win Cooper and Bryson Kelly had two singles each. Carter Caldwell, Vance and Tucker Sullivan added one single each.
Boggs struck out two as he pitched four innings. Vance struck out four in two innings. Caldwell pitched one inning.
Harlan will continue tournament play on Tuesday.

Tri-City’s Carson Clark connected on a pitch in Little League All-Star action Friday in Hazard. (John Henson)