The York Minors Dixie Youth All-Star baseball team won its second game in a row Monday, defeating Blacksburg 8-4 in district tournament action before a large crowd at the York Recreation Complex.
The York All-Stars wasted little time assuming command of the proceedings, plating three runs in the top of the first inning. Isaac Hunsucker and Hunter Latham scored on wild pitches in a productive first inning.
The Blacksburg All-Stars battled back, slicing York’s lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second inning.
But the York stars were equal to the challenge in the top half of the third inning. After Hunsucker scored, a ground ball by Ayden Davis sent Stevie Welch across the plate, to the delight of York fans.
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Leading 6-3 in the top of the fourth inning, York added to its lead with timely hitting. Davis and Welch had the big hits in the inning, Davis with an RBI triple and Welch delivering a run-scoring single.
Blacksburg tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth inning but it wasn’t enough as York held on for the 8-4 win.
York All-Star head coach Mike Whitesides spoke in positive tones after the game.
“We hit the ball and Brandon (Terry) did a great job on the mound,” Whitesides said. “Hitting and pitching together make it a good game for us. We’re finally coming through a little bit.”
Whitesides said winning two games in a row raised the confidence level of the York All-Star team. “It builds them up real good,” he said. “It helps us out being ready to play ball. We have a good group of kids on our team this year, a lot of young ones, too.”
The York stars survived their second game of the district tournament, nudging Lewisville 11-10 in a wild scorefest. With Lewisville leading 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the York contingent decided it was time to do something about it.
Terry stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single, knotting the score at 2-all, but Damien Wilson was thrown out on a bang, bang play at the plate.
Hunter Latham pushed the York team ahead 3-2 with an RBI single that scored teammate Terry.
After Lewisville regained the lead at 7-4 in a productive top of the fourth, York cranked it up in the bottom of the inning.
Grayson Nichols and Zack Whitesides drew walks and Coleman Harvey was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
York got back into the game when three players “walked” across the plate. But it was Hunsucker’s double that pushed the local all-star team ahead 9-7.
Lewisville wouldn’t go away, plating two runs in the top of the fifth to once again tie the score, this time at 9-9.
York bounced back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
Hunsucker walked and later crossed the plate on a wide throw to first. Later in the inning, Harvey beat out an infield hit, scoring teammate Dalton Russell and expanding York’s lead to 11-9 .
Lewisville scored a run, but the York stars held on in the top of the sixth, escaping with a dramatic 11-10 win.
Whitesides was pleased with the manner in which the York team rebounded from a 10-0 opening tournament loss to a talented Union team.
“Our kids came back pretty good,” the York coach said of the win over Lewisville. “They started hitting the ball and turned things around.”
Whitesides lauded the pitching duo of Latham and Terry. “Hunter did a good job the first of the game,” he said. “Then Brandon came in and shut it out.”
The York All-Stars were scheduled to play Lancaster Tuesday evening at the York complex, after the Enquirer-Herald deadline.