Last week, the Hazard-Perry 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars made the trip to Bowling Green to participate in the state tournament. When the red brick dust had cleared, the local all-stars had captured the state crown with a 9-7 win over Bowling Green East.
Hazard-Perry got off to a less than stellar start as they gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning, putting them in a 6-0 hole. They would erase several of the runs in the second inning as they too got their bats warmed up.
In the second inning, Hazard-Perry picked up five hits that led to four runs. Half of the runs came off a single hit as Wyatt Hensley blasted a two-run home run.
The next several at-bats were a wash for both teams as the 6-4 score held until the bottom of the fourth inning. Bowling Green East would load the bases twice in the frame, but came away with just one run, giving them the 7-4 advantage.
As in the earlier innings, Hazard-Perry would respond to the score. This time it would be a rally that would lift them to the state title.
Hazard-Perry erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth inning, giving them their first lead of the game at 9-7. The lead would be sufficient as their defense would shut down Bowling Green East down the stretch, giving them the win and the state crown.
The winning pitcher was Mason McAlarnis. The team did not keep a book, so stats and other game results were not reported.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.