JJ Kelly Indian Baseball....
HONAKER — There have been a lot of changes in Region D this year, but a couple of traditional powerhouses will be advancing to the state baseball quarterfinals.
Defending Region C champion J.J. Kelly defeated John Battle 13-5 in the semifinal opener.
Kelly, the defending regional champs, will play Honaker in today’s regional tournament title game.
“We just kind of run into a buzz saw,” John Battle coach Larry Cannon said.
Gate City took an early 4-1 lead in the second semifinal, but Honaker used a six-run fourth inning to take control.
The big blow was a three-run homer by David Keene.
Clay Smith was 3-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBIs in the win, which helped the Tigers and veteran coach Tom Harding earn a spot in the state quarterfinals.
Logan Ball pitched the first six innings to get the win for the Tigers. Cory Brown kept Gate City scoreless in the seventh