Hollingsworth Lumber scripted a worst-to-first finish in the Russiaville Youth Baseball League this year.
Now, it has a chance to capture the top spot in all of Howard County.
The Lumber boys beat Russiaville rival Martin Brothers TV and Appliances 14-1 in five innings in a David A. Kasey Memorial Tournament Final Four game Wednesday night at Taylor Southeast. Coby Tuggle capped the dominant showing with a walk-off grand slam.
“It feels wonderful,” Hollingsworth skipper Donta Dalpoas said. “This is almost a brand-new team. Last year, we had two wins. We picked up six new players. We put it all together and we’re here. Can’t ask for a more storybook ending to the season.”
Russiaville’s regular-season champions will face UCT regular-season champion McPike in the championship game of the KT-sponsored tournament at 7 p.m. today at Northside. McPike is shooting for its third title in four years.
“Obviously, they’re a great team,” Dalpoas said of the Astros. “I know they’re well coached. Hopefully it’s going to be a good game and we can come out on top. It should be exciting.”
McPike advanced with a 10-5 victory over Russiaville squad Stout & Son in the early semifinal game at UCT.
“It’s amazing,” McPike manager Jason Hurlock said when asked about leading a new-look squad to the title game. “It’s a lot of fun — memories they’re going to have for the rest of their lives. I’m just glad I can be a part of it again. This is the first time for a lot of the players. I also have pretty much an all-new coaching staff, with the exception of one [holdover].”
The following are looks at Wednesday’s semifinal games.
HOLL. LUMBER (R) 14, MARTIN BROS. (R) 1, 5 INN.