CASTLEWOOD — The Wise Senior League All-Stars captured the District 13 tournament Friday night with a 15-4 win over the Norton All-Stars. The Wise team advanced through the tournament without a loss.
The team from Norton had a tougher path to the championship game coming through the loser’s bracket. In fact, they had to play two games on Friday night. In the first game, Norton beat the team from Lee by a score of 9-7 to advance to the championship game.
“Mathew Branham has done a good job with their team this season,” stated Wise coach Kelly Foster. “They played us tough tonight and they didn’t want to give up. Our kids played hard and showed their resiliency. They deserved this win.”
Norton was stretched thin for pitching in the Wise game due to the rules on pitch count and days of rest. Noah Godsey started for Norton, John Hurley relieved Godsey in the third inning and Robert Emershaw relieved Hurley in the fifth. Hurley would return to the mound for Norton in the seventh to finish the game.
Wise starting pitcher Preston Joyner also pitched on Monday night in their win over Norton. Brandon Hobbs pitched the seventh inning for Wise.
Both teams scored a run in their half of the first inning. Wise did take the lead in the third inning with a four run outburst. Both teams added a run in the fifth and Wise held a 6-3 lead as Norton fought to keep the game close. Neither team scored in the sixth inning
Wise broke open the game in the seventh and were able to score nine runs on four hits, two Norton errors and three walks in their final at bats to secure the win. Hunter Louden also had a home run.
Norton went to their final at bats trailing 15-3. They were able to score one run in the seventh to make the final score 15-4.
Caiden Bartee and Noah Godsey led Norton with two hits each. Hurley had one hit. Dountae Keys also had a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Wise was led by Matt Peters with four hits in the team’s 12 hit attack. Joyner and Hunter Austin each had two hits. Logan Sartin, Tristan Barnette, Hobbs, and Louden each had one hit. Joyner picked up the win and struck out eight. Hobbs had one strike out.
Wise will advance to the state tournament in Harrisonburg this coming weekend.