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Stilly Valley Little League hosts Black and Blue Tourney


Andrew Hines

Hayden Egbert of Team Jones beats the throw to first at Bill Quake Park on May 24.

The first round of the minors Black and Blue Tournament started on May 24 for the Stilly Valley Little League. Team Jones took on Team Tsoukalas in one of the earliest matches of the tournament.

After shutting out Team Tsoukalas in the first, Team Jones took a commanding lead as they capped out the run limit with five runs in the bottom of the same inning. They maintained their dominance through the next three innings as they kept the shutout alive while adding on three more runs for themselves.

In the fifth, inning Team Tsoukalas showed some fight as they put up three runs, but after not scoring again in the sixth, the game was over. Team Jones advanced to the next round with an 8-3 victory.

"Swing the bats and get our pitchers in there to do their job. We want them to put the ball in play and hopefully get some strikes. I'm out here for the kids and just want them to have fun. As long as the kids are having fun, then I'm doing my part," said Team Jones Head Coach Mark Jones.

Andrew Hines

James Jones throws a strike with his first pitch of the game against Team Tsoukalas at Bill Quake Park on May 24.

James Jones stood out for Team Jones as he had four strikeouts on the mound to go along with an impressive day at the plate. Jones went two for two while adding on a run, four RBIs and a double. Cameron Bates also contributed on the offensive end as he went two for two with a run, RBI, stolen base, a double and a triple.

For Team Tsoukalas two players stood out including the starting pitcher, Cameron Kinsland, and Tyler Duncan. Kinsland threw four strikeouts over the first three innings and also added on a hit. Duncan had a great offensive performance as he went one for two with a run, RBI, stolen base and a double.

"The thing that we told them from the beginning of the year to the end is that we saw a lot of improvement. The purpose of this age is to compete, learn, play and want to come back next year and play as well. I think we achieved that," said Team Tsoukalas Head Coach Bill Tsoukalas.

Team Jones went on to the semi-finals and then lost to Team Lenius on May 25.


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