PLAYING WITH THEIR HEARTS: County All-Stars battle through World Series
The Covington County 8U All-Stars picked up a pair of elimination game wins on Thursday to earn a spot in today’s Diamond bracket championship.
The Covington County All-Stars got Thursday started off with a 14-6 comeback victory over the SEMO All-Stars.
Marley Kilcrease reached on a one-out error in the top of the first inning for the Covington County All-Stars and then moved up to second on passed ball.
Covington County All-Stars grabbed an early lead when Addyison Byrd drove in Kilcrease with a two-out single.
In the bottom of the first inning, the SEMO All-Stars took advantage of an error and a few hits to take a 2-1 lead into the second inning.
Both teams had runners reach in the second inning, but neither team was able to plate a run in the inning.
In the top of the third inning, Coco Stamps ripped a pitch to third that caused an error, and then she sped around the base paths and ended up at third base with one out.
Kilcrease then drove in Stamps with a fielder’s choice to tie the game, 2-2.
The SEMO All-Stars then plated a pair of runs off two errors and a base hit to go up 4-2 heading into the fifth inning.
Byrd got things going for the Covington County All-Stars in the top of fourth inning with a leadoff single.
Kinsley Short then drove her in when a throwing error allowed Byrd to score.
Brylie Griffen kept the inning alive when she reached off an error with two outs in the inning.
McKenzie Barrow then moved Griffen around to third when she singled to the outfield.
Another error off the bat of Adelaide Dunn then drove in Griffen to tie the game with two outs in the inning.
Annlee Wise then hammered a ball to shortstop that caused another error and allowed Barrow to score to give the Covington County All-Stars a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the SEMO All-Stars plated a pair of runs to go up 6-5 heading into the fifth inning.
The Covington County All-Stars got runners on first and third with one out when Allyx Williamson reached off an error.
Byrd then loaded up the bases with a single and then the Covington County All-Stars tied the game up when Kinsley Short drove in Kilcrease off an error.
The Covington County All-Stars took the lead when Byrd scored off a wild pitch.
Barrow then broke the game wide open when she ripped a pitch to the outfield fence and then turned on the jets for an inside-the-park grand slam to give Covington County an 11-6 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Covington County All-Stars added three insurance runs to take a 14-6 lead into the final half inning.
The Covington County All-Stars earned a spot in the Diamond bracket championship after knocking off the Hamilton Hurricanes 13-5.
Hamilton took an early 2-0 lead after scoring in the bottom of the first inning.
In the top of the second inning, Barrow drove in a pair of runs with a single to tie the game and then Dunn dropped down a bunt to score Barrow for the lead.
The Covington County All-Stars wouldn’t trail again in the contest.
Alex Grimes provided insurance runs with a 3-run inside-the-park home run.
The Covington County All-Stars will play their final game of tournament today at 2 p.m., against Fern Creek or St. Charles.
That game will be for the Diamond bracket championship.
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