The Hazard-Perry 9 and 10 year-old all-stars participated in the 4th of July baseball tournament in the Perry County Park over the weekend. The all-stars played a pair of game, with both seeing them take on the team from Estill County.
In the first game, Hazard-Perry was able to keep pace in the early innings, but falling behind late. Both teams were able to put two runs across the plate in the first inning (2-2).
In the top half of the second inning, Estill County was able to repeat its two run rally of the first inning, giving them the 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Hazard-Perry rally, and was cut off after two runs had crossed the plate (4-4).
Neither team was able to produce a run in the third inning, leaving the game knotted at four. Estill County exploded for five runs in the fourth inning, putting the tally at 9-4 in favor of Estill.
Hazard-Perry could not find the magic in the bottom of the inning, leaving the 9-4 score in tack. Time brought the game to an end in the fourth inning, giving Hazard-Perry their first loss at 9-4.
On Sunday, the two teams hooked up again. This time they would have to battle in the pouring rain.
The first inning went 1-2-3 for both squads, proving that this game would be a defensive battle. Estill County then struck for two runs in the second inning, putting them on top 2-0.
With their backs against the wall, Hazard-Perry went to work in the third inning. They were able to cut the lead in half with a single run in the third as Nolan Wooton used a hit and a couple of stolen bases to come across the plate (2-1).
Hazard-Perry then tied the game in the fourth inning. Kolin Hillman turned a walk into a run, finishing off his trip around the bases by stealing home (2-2). However, the joy would not last long as Estill County got the winning run in the bottom of the frame, moving into the championship game with the 3-2 win.
Note: No one from Hazard-Perry kept a book for either game and stats were unavailable.