Covington County 8U All-Stars put on solid show in World Series
The Covington County 8U All-Stars played with all their might, but fell 10-1 to the Fern Creek All-Stars on Friday in the fourth-place game at the 2017 Babe Ruth Softball 8U World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.
In the top of the first inning, the Covington County All-Stars got a one-out single from Marley Kilcrease and then she moved up to second on a throwing error.
Allyx Williamson moved Kilcrease over to third when she grounded into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning.
The Covington County All-Stars then grabbed an early lead when Addyson Byrd drove in Kilcrease with a single.
Fern Creek got a leadoff single to start the bottom of the first inning and then the second batter grounded out to McKenzie Barrow for the first out of the inning.
A few batters later, Fern Creek tied the game with a run-scoring single.
The next batter hit a sharp ground ball to second base, but Kilcrease fielded the ball cleanly and fired to Williamson at first for the second out of the inning.
Fern Creek got another run in before Kilcrease made another strong play to put an end to the Fern Creek half of the first inning.
At the end of one inning, Fern Creek was on top 2-1.
The Covington County All-Stars made solid contact in the top of the second inning, but nice plays from the Fern Creek defense kept them off the base paths.
In the bottom of the second inning, Fern Creek got three straight hits to load the bases with no outs.
The next batter grounded out to first, but two Fern Creek runners came around to give them a 4-1 lead.
Heading into the third inning, Fern Creek held a 6-1 lead.
The Covington County All-Stars continued to put the bat on the ball, but Fern Creek’s defense once again kept them off the base paths.
In the bottom of the third inning, the first batter hit a sharp ground ball to second, but Kilcrease was there to make the play and fire to Williamson at first for the first out of the inning.
Four straight hits from Fern Creek then allowed them to score and take a 7-1 lead.
Fern Creek then got hit to right field that scored a run, but Coco Stamps came up firing from her out field position to throw out the runner at first.
At the end of the three innings, Fern Creek was on top 8-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Covington County All-Stars got a leadoff single from Stamps, but she was tagged out heading to third on a single from Williamson.
Fern Creek added another pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go on top 10-1.
Piper Bulger singled to start the top of the fifth inning, but the Covington County All-Stars were unable to bring her around to score.