By Beth Cox
The 10-12-year-old All-Star boys started tournament action on Monday, July 1 against Jonesborough in Bristol.
The boys lost 9-1 against their counterparts, but Coach Billy Stout did not hesitate to give commendation where it was due when he highlighted Chris Reece’s hard work of pitching a good game.
“The team just had too many errors and could not get any momentum going against Jonesborough,” Recce said.
The boys played the following day against Blountville.
Stout was very pleased with his all-stars and said, “We did not have any errors. The boys played like an all-star team. I was really proud of them.” According to Stout, the team hit the ball well, and “Derek Baird did a good job pitching for that night.”
Unfortunately, on Wednesday, July 3, Johnson County struggled against Johnson City. The game was called for a rain delay, so it had to be finished the following day, which did not help the team.
Stout mentioned that Johnson County all-stars did not have enough good pitchers after Eli Dickens was forced to stop due to exceeding the ånumber of pitches he could throw in a tournament game without the mandatory rest period.
The team seemed to have run out of pitchers to take his place, resulting in Johnson City’s 15-1 win.
In the end, however, Stout was very complimentary of his team when he said that it was an honor to coach the boys. “They are a great bunch of kids. I’m very proud of them. I want to thank all the pitchers including, Nate Dorman, John Jennings, Grayson Holt, Derek Baird, Nathanael Walker, Chris Recee, and Eli Dickens for the great job they did this year.”
Stout also mentioned that this was the first time since the nineties that this age group has won a tournament game, “They will do great things next year,” he said.