All Stars 2002
Reprinted from the Manchester Enterprise
Clay County routs
McDaniel, England combine for 7 hits in 15 hit attack
Clay County's 9-10 year old Junior League All Stars pounded visiting Hazard 18-0 last Thursday in the opening round of the District 4 Baseball Tournament at the Ramsey Ballpark. The umpires had to enforce the "10-run lead after four innings" rule, ending the game two innings early. Clay (4-0) scored 14 runs in the first innings for starter Brandon Griffin, who pitched just one inning, before giving way to second Tyler Young, Clay's all stars collected 15 hits in the assault.
Short shop Todd McDaniel went 4-4 with three singles and a double to highlight the Clay offense. He also drove in three runs and scored three times. Third baseman Josh England had four RBI with two singles and a double in four trips to the plate. Young, along with John Wilson and John Hooker each had two hits in the game.
In Griffin's first inning against Hazard, lead off batter Taylor Pulliam reached on an error. The next batter, Eric Back, singled to right field, where John Hooker fielded the ball on one hop and fired a strike to Josh England who tagged Pulliam sliding into the bag at third base for the first out of the game. The single by Back would be the only hit of the night for Hazard. Young replaced Griffin in the second inning and retired all nine batters he faced.
The win put Clay into the finals of the winners bracket with unbeaten Rockcastle County, who out slugged the Knox County All Stars 19-1 in Thursday's nightcap.