Tates Creek wins title in 2019 state baseball tournament
Tates Creek turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and notch a 4-2 win over McCracken County on June 9 in the 2019 KHSAA State Baseball Championship. Starter Eli Tencza pitched a complete game with seven hits, four walks, and four strikeouts at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Creek, which last advanced to the final game in 1990, has now won four baseball titles. This team did it under Coach Larry Poynter, finishing with a 35-7 record. Eli earned MVP honors and joined teammates Grant Stone and Konnor Lewis on the all-tournament team.
Marching through the state bracket, the Commodores knocked off Somerset 6-2, Pleasure Ridge Park 3-2, and Breckinridge County 5-1. Creek had defeated Lafayette 7-1 for the 11th Region championship May 29 at UK’s Kentucky Proud Park. In the region tournament, Tates Creek defeated Western Hills 3-2 and Madison Central 11-3, while Lafayette advanced with a 12-9 win over Henry Clay and 11-0 over Madison Southern. The Generals closed their season with a 28-12 record.
Fun fact: Four Tates Creek seniors — Noah Blythe, Colin Burgess, Dylan Crook, and Blayne Deaton — were 10-year-olds on the team that won the Cal Ripken World Series in 2011.
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association’s 2019 all-state selections include first-teamers Colin Burgess and Konnor Lewis of Tates Creek. The Commodores’ Blayne Deaton made the second team, while Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Jared Gadd and Frederick Douglass’ Julius Scearce received third-team honors.
Lafayette eliminated in softball semis
In softball action, Lafayette fell 4-0 to Woodford County in the May 28 semifinals of the 11th region tournament. The Generals had edged Frederick Douglass 4-3 in the first round, and Tates Creek fell to Scott County 7-1.