Safe at second

Safe at second

Watauga Blue’s runner Tyler Coffey, right, is safe at second base while Crosstrain second baseman Grayson Clonch covers the base and shortstop Dalton Moore backs up the play.

BOONE — The Watauga Blue All-Star 12-under baseball team closed out the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament, at least at the Watauga Parks and Recreation Complex fields, with a 9-4 victory over Crosstrain, a team based in Wilkesboro, on June 23.

Watauga Blue finished the weekend with a 1-2 record. Watauga fell to Caldwell 6-3 and to the Ashe Aces 15-1 on June 22.

Watauga Blue recovered the next day with a four-run rally in the second inning against Crosstrain. The rally gave Watauga Blue a 4-3 lead that lasted a half-inning when Crosstrain’s Grayson Clonch led off the top of the third inning with a solo home run.

Watauga surged back in front with a five-run rally in the bottom of the third inning to take a 9-4 lead that lasted the rest of the game.

Watauga, trailing 3-0, opened the second inning with three walks and followed that with three hits. Davis Peavy started the rally with a walk, which was followed by a Mac Norris walk.

Crosstrain turned a double play on a pop fly hit by Matthew Habich that was on its way to being foul, but was fielded by Crosstrain catcher Jacob Adams. He threw the ball to first to get Habich.

The ball was thrown back to Adams to get Peavy at the plate, who tried to score on the play, and completed the double play.

Undeterred, Norris eventually scored a run, and Watauga got a walk from Thomas Dieters. That followed by an RBI single by Garrett McInturff, which drove in Dieters. Gavin Robinson drove in McInturff, who scored on a double by Chance Miller.

The rally gave Watauga a 4-3 lead.

Watauga added five runs in the third inning. Maddux Smith received a one-out walk and reached third on a pair of wild pitches. Smith scored on an RBI single by Tyler Coffey, who stole second base.

Coffey scored on an error on a ball hit by Eli Hartley. Everette Gryder singled, Peavy’s single drove in Hartley and a Norris fielder’s choice drove in Gryder.

Watauga finished with six hits and took advantage of five Crosstrain walks. Crosstrain finished with six hits, including two by Clonch, who also scored a run after hitting a single in the first inning.

Hartley, who pitched all four innings of the game, which was shortened by the time limit set before the game, struck out five batters, walked three and hit one with a pitch.

In other 12-under games played, Crosstrain lost 11-4 to the Yadkin County Spartans 11-4. The Watauga White All-Stars beat the Ashe All-Stars 18-12 and the Ashe Aces, which finished the weekend with a 3-0 record, beat Caldwell 24-1.

On June 22, Watauga White beat the Ashe All-Stars 18-4, the Ashe Aces beat Crosstrain 18-8, the Spartans beat the Ashe All-Stars 13-1 and the Spartans, who also finished 3-0 in the under-12 division, beat the Watauga White All-Stars 15-7.

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