The District 2 Tar Heel All-Star Tournament danced around the rain drops Tuesday night, and here are the results from those games.....
SOFTBALL; The Watauga 10-and-under girls lost to Wilkes American 11-0 in the opening-round of the Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Watauga High School. Winning pitcher Paige Phillips put on a clinic. She gave up one hit---a single by catcher Linley Garwood of Watauga---and struck out eight. The game was called after four innings because of the ten-run mercy rule.
Kennedy Collins backboned the offense for Wilkes American with back-to-back home runs, including a grand slam, and six runs-batted-in; Kelcie Triplett of Wilkes American had two hits, including a double, and three RBI.
Watauga will play Ashe County tonight at 7:30 p.m. Ashe County defeated Mitchell 6-1 Tuesday night.
BASEBALL: The Watauga 12-and-under team was eliminated Tuesday night. Watauga lost to Ashe County 4-2 in the consolation round of the Boys Little League 50/70 Tournament at the Dr. Pepper Fields in Jefferson, N.C.
Ashe County built a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning. Watauga finally got on the board in the bottom of the third, thanks to Hunter Norris, who led off the inning with a walk. He proceeded to steal second, third and home for Watauga's first run of the game.
Francisco Alcaraz duplicated that effort in the bottom of the sixth. Offensively, Alex Darner, who picked up Watauga's first hit, was 1-2 with two stolen bases; Austin Idol was 1-3 with a pair of steals; Will Hall was 1-2; Norris and Alcaraz each had three stolen bases apiece. Watauga had ten stolen bases in the game.
Joseph Combs, who really deserved a better fate, suffered the loss. He went five innings nad gave up four runs on four hits. He also went through a stretch whenre he retired nine out of ten batters.
"After having some struggles defensively on Monday night against Wilkes, we came back and played as well as we could defensively as a team," said Watauga coach Tige Darner. "Hunter Norris made some big plays at third, Austin Idol did a great job at first of stretching for the ball on close plays and really the whole team was solid defensively the whole game. Joseph Combs came out and pitched a phenomenal game and with some of his defensive plays coming off the mound kept us in the game.
"You have to give credit to Ashe and their pitcher Hunter Knight. He was on target the whole game. We only gave up 4 hits, but they only gave up 3 hits as well. It was actually an extremely well played game by both teams as I don't recall a single error made by either team in the field. I am very proud of the way we played tonight. Wilkes is a very good team but we didn't play as well as we could Monday night. Tonight, I thought we played outstanding. This group of boys has been resilient like this since we started practicing about three weeks ago. They are a very special group to me and the other coaches."
The Watuaga 10U team defeated Wilkes National 11-1 in a second-round game of the Boys' Midget Baseball Tournament in Sparta, N.C. Brooks Howser got the win for Watauga. Howser also helped himself going 2-2 with a pair of singles. Bryson Aldridge also had two hits in his two plate appearances. Watauga will play Thursday night in Sparta at 5:30 p.m.
The Tar Heel Coach Pitch teams, Watauga American and Watauga National were rained out Tuesday night in Wilkesboro, N.C. Both teams will play tonight at 5:30 p.m.
8U Baseball- Watauga American and Watauga National were rained out. Will play today in Wilkesboro at 5:30 p.m.
10U Baseball - Beat Wilkes 11-1. Will play Thursday at 5:30 in Sparta against Allegheny-Wilkes winner.
12U Baseball - Lost to Ashe County 4-2. Eliminated from tournament play.
14U Baseball - Did not play. Will play Wilkes County Thursday at 6 p.m., in Boone
10U Softball - Lost to Wilkes 11-0. Will play Ashe County tonight at 7:30 p.m., in Boone.
GBR would like to thank Stephen Poulos, Jay Jackson, Tige Darner, Bill Dicus and Harvey Aldridge for providing us with these results.