Pitt County does in stars again
Danny Hollingsworth and the Marshall County all-stars ran into their old nemesis Pitt County Tuesday night and once again the purple clad NC squad eliminated the orange and white in a 16-3 run-rule loss in the winner's bracket final of the 12U Babe Ruth World Series in Alachua, FL.
"My God, we threw everybody at them and just could not slow them down," said Hollingsworth. "They are such a well-coached team and we knew that coming in."
Winning the third place hardware was the best ever finish for any Marshall County girls' all-star team.
"When we won the Kentucky game and guaranteed at least third I was happy, but don't get me wrong, we wanted to win this game," said Hollingsworth. "I think that Lodi game last night took the wind out of our sails."
Things looked good early for Hollingsworth's squad as they scored three runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Samantha King and a fielder's choice RBI by Hannah Singleton.
Pitt County wasted no time with their comeback, tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning on a two-run base knock by Cameron Davis and on a rundown play that ended the inning.
There was no scoring in the second inning as Pitt County starter Abigayle Rowell and MC hurler Jordan Yelensky set down their opposing hitters 1-2-3.
Marshall County failed to score in the top of the third and then the floodgates opened as Pitt County sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 13 times to take an overwhelming 16-3 lead.
Pitt County's Kaley Coltrain drilled a two-run double to make it a 7-3 ballgame and then, later in the inning, Coltrain belted a shot over the center field fence.
Marshall County got two on with no outs in the bottom of the inning before three consecutive ground ball outs ended their title game hopes.
Pitt County ended up with 13 hits in the ballgame with Coltrain, Makenna Matthijs, Lindsey McCallum, Grace Cochran, and Davis all getting two hits apiece.
Hollingsworth said, "I got them together before the game and told them I loved every one of them and that they had already exceeded everyone's expectations. It's been a great year and a great experience that every one of these girls will remember for the rest of their lives. I am just so proud of all of them."
Yelensky, Leah Hollingsworth, King, and Singleton each had one hit for Marshall County.