MIDDLESBORO Kyle Mokas, Hayden McGuire and Grayson Kiser combined on a no-hitter and Russell-Flatwoods all but locked up a spot in the 8-10-year-old Little League All-Star state baseball tournament semifinals with an 8-0 whitewashing of Paintsville in pool play on Sunday.
“A complete team win,” Russell-Flatwoods coach Chris Mokas said. “We hit, fielded and pitched well.”
Seven Russell-Flatwoods players had multiple hits, led by three-hit evenings from Kyle Mokas, Kiser, McGuire and Landon Stapleton. Connor Thacker, Elijah Hankins and Landon Goodall had two hits each. Kiser and McGuire each scored two runs.
Mokas was the winning pitcher.
Russell-Flatwoods meets North Laurel today at 5 p.m. Paintsville opposes Corbin at 7.
Senior League: Warren County 10, Catlettsburg 0
BOWLING GREEN What Catlettsburg coach Charlie Shelton characterized as a fun season concluded on Sunday with a resounding setback to the local team.
Catlettsburg had lost, 20-4, to Richmond on Saturday, making Sunday an elimination game.
Complicating matters: Catlettsburg wasn’t quite at full strength this weekend at Warren East High School, Shelton said.
“Our guys gave it a solid effort, but in the end, our roster had been decimated by injuries and unfortunate circumstances,” Shelton said.
“Tournament baseball is decided by pitching, and we didn’t have enough arms.”
Catlettsburg’s Alex Lee, Connor Ratliff and Hank Young made the all-tournament team.
10-12: Glasgow 7, Paintsville 4
LONDON Paintsville’s offense made strides on Sunday, at least compared to the day prior, but lost for the second straight day in pool play.
Austin Allen and Griffin Collins each had two of Paintsville’s seven hits, and each homered.
“(We’re) still as a team struggling defensively,” said Paintsville coach Joe Collins, “but hopefully we can put it together and win tomorrow.”
Paintsville returns to action tonight at the North Laurel Little League facilities against Nelson County at 7.