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Tates Creek Wins State Baseball Championship

Posted: 6:44 AM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 07:09:16-04

Lexington (LEX 18) — For the first time since 1986, the Tates Creek baseball team are State Champions.

The Commodores defeated McCracken Co. 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

After trailing 2-0 after the top of the first inning, Tates Creek’s bats came alive in the 2nd with RBI from Chandler Workman and Mason Gentry to tie it at 2.

The next two innings would be scoreless, until the fifth inning when the Commodores added another two runs, which started with an RBI double by Noah Blythe. Colin Burgess later added an RBI single to extend the Tates Creek lead to 4-2.

McCracken Co. was threatening in the final inning, with 2 men on. But Eli Tencza would roll a double play to end it, giving Tates Creek its first baseball State Championship since 1986.

Tencza was phenomenal on the mound after a rocky first inning. He went the distance allowing 7 hits, 2 runs and striking out 4. He was also named the State Tournament’s MVP.