DB breakthrough in ninth inning derails American

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Through eight innings, the Zone Two 11 and 12-year-old Little League All-Star battle between Daniel Boone and Carter County American was scoreless.
   But three errors wound up providing three runs, and Boone overcame the obstacle of winning two games in one night by blanking American 3-0 at Jim Ensor Field on Wednesday.
   Boone defeated Johnson City National in the prior contest to advance. Its win over Carter County secured a district tournament berth.
   Dylan Compton wound up with the win on the mound for Boone with three innings in relief after teammate Tyler Smith sat down 12 Carter County batters in his six innings.
   Compton had five strikeouts of his own, including a sweep of the final American offensive stanza. Combined, the pitcher only allowed one hit while giving up three other bases on an error and two walks.
   Justin Pierce absorbed the loss on the mound with three innings of his own. Brett Price started the game for American, throwing eight strikeouts.
   Knox Eryasa had Carter County's only hit with a single in the first inning.
   Daniel Boone had a combined seven hits in the game, but couldn't invade the scoreboard until the final frame.
   The team had their chances at scoring, the first coming in the third inning when Armando Campa doubled and stole third. But American held them off.
   Tanner Hodge and Logan Wilder had a single and double, respectively, in the fourth inning before a pop out stalled that scoring effort.
   Dylan Compton added a double for the squad in the fifth, and he moved his way around before Smith sat down the next two batters.
   Hodge walked and Widner advanced on an error in the sixth, but again Carter County came up strong defensively.
   Campa led the seventh inning with a single before getting thrown out on a 5-4 fielder's choice in favor of Caleb Cochran.
   Cochran and Zack Worsham, who singled, got around the bases before a great catch in the field by American's Eryasa kept it going.
   In the eighth, Boone had a solid chance at scoring with an opening double from Jessee Collins, who made his way around towards home plate on two fielder's choices before being tagged out.
   Things worked out fine for the squad in the second extra frame, with an opening error to Compton, before Worsham advanced on a fielder's choice and Caleb Dishner and Collins came around on an error a piece.
   Hodge, Widner and Smith each came up with grounders to move the three runs around the bags.
   Campa and Hodge led Boone with two hits apiece in the game.