The Madison 11-12-year-old All-Stars jump out to an early lead then held on to defeat Pineville 9-5 on Tuesday night in the District 2 championship game at Logan’s Paul Hale Field.
The win advances Madison to the upcoming state tournament, which is scheduled to begin July 22 at Bridgeport.
Madison finished the tournament undefeated with a 3-0 mark. The Madison All-Stars began the tourney last Saturday by knocking off rival Chapmanville 2-0. Madison then won 4-2 over host Logan on Sunday before taking down Pineville in the championship game.
It’s been a very good all-star season for the Madison All-Stars, which recently won the 9-10 District 2 at Pineville and also competed in the state tournament.
Dillon Stowers and Alex Epling each hit home runs for Madison in Tuesday night’s title game.
Epling also started on the mound and pitched the win. He went 4-2/3 innings before reaching the 85-pitch limit, giving up two runs and three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Cooper Martin then came in to pitch but only faced two batters and allowed two runs on two hits in Pineville’s five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. Trent Short then put out the fire, hurling 1-1/3 innings with two strikeouts to earn the save.
Pineville’s Garrett Mitchell was the starting and losing pitcher. He tossed 3-1/3 innings and yielded eight runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, six walks and a hit batter. Tucker Cook then came on to pitch in the fourth and went one full inning, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts. Nate Parsons then finished out the last 1-2/3 innings, fanning two and giving up one run and two hits with an issued walk.
Madison went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first as Trent Short ripped an RBI double and Caleb Smith had an infield RBI single.
In the second inning, Madison pushed three run across to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Dylan Grant ripped an RBI double for one run. Two others scored on a Pineville error.
Then in the fourth inning, Stowers walked, Short reached on an infield single and Epling ripped a line shot, three-run homer to center as Madison pushed its lead to 8-0.
Just two runs away from getting mercied, Pineville regrouped in the bottom of the fifth inning with a huge rally.
It all started as No. 9 batter and right fielder Lilly Hill ripped a smashing opposite field triple down the right field line. The ball rolled all the way to the fence and the speedy Hill reached third base easily.
Hill then scored on a Madison error as the Pineville All-Stars made it 8-1. Tanner Whitten followed with an RBI single to left as the deficit was closed to 8-2. Third baseman Jacob Howard then belted a three-run homer to straight-away center field and it was suddenly an 8-5 ballgame.
Parsons grounded out to third to end the inning but the damage was done.
Madison scored an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with a homer to right center off the bat of Stowers as the lead increased to 9-5.
Pineville had one base runner in the bottom of the sixth but Short was able to get the final outs to end the game and send Madison to the state tournament.
Short was 3-for-3 with one RBI and Smith was 2-for-3 with one run knocked. Landen Stone added a double for Madison.
Pineville was paced by Whitten, who was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Cook also had a hit.
Madison outhit Pineville 8-5 in the game.
The Logan 11-12-year-old All-Stars beat rival Chapmanville 11-1 in Tuesday night’s late game in the District 2 Tournament at Logan’s Paul Hale Field to advance to Wednesday night’s consolation game against Pineville.
The Logan/Pineville winner then advances to the state tournament and will join District 2 champion Madison in the field.
In the Logan/Chapmanville game, Logan raced out to a 3-0 lead after a three-run homer by Chad Burnette, who finished with three hits and four RBI on the night.
Evan Plumley answered with a solo shot as Chapmanville closed to within 3-1 in the top of the second inning.
Logan then plated five runs in the bottom of the second to go up 8-1. Konner Lowe’s three-run homer was the big hit during the frame.
The Logan All-Stars then ended the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule with three runs in the last half of the fourth.
Jarred Burnette had two hits and two RBI for Logan in the win.
Carson Kirk was the starting and winning pitcher for Logan.
* The Logan All-Stars wrapped up its first trip to the 11-12-year-old State Little League Tournament in many years with Wednesday night’s 6-2 win over the Pineville All-Stars at Logan’s Paul Hale Field.
Logan will join Madison in the state tourney.
Jarred Burnette was the starting and winning pitcher for Logan. Korbin Bostic hit a home run for Logan. Burnette and Bostic had two hits each.
Logan returned to Little League Baseball last year after spending several years in the Cal Ripken League.
Look for more details on the game in Friday’s Logan Banner.