Tates Creek wins KHSAA baseball state title 4-2 over McCracken County

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) It has been 33 years in the making, but Tates Creek is once again champions of Kentucky high school baseball with a 4-2 win over McCracken County at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

“You work so hard as a coaching staff and as a team to achieve this and it's overwhelming,“ said head coach Larry Poynter “To see our guys so overcome with joy, it's a great experience.”

The Commodores fell behind 2-0 on three McCracken County hits in the first inning, but Eli Tencza settled in and scattered five hits the rest of the way.

Tates Creek got on the board in the 2nd inning with back-to-back RBI doubles by Chandler Workman and Mason Gentry.

It remained scoreless until the 5th when Noah Blythe smacked his second double of the game. Blythe had doubled earlier in the game, but was nailed at second trying to scamper back to the bag.
“That double that I hit, I just stomped on the bag and looked at my team and I redeemed myself,” said Blythe. “Baseball is a game of redemption.”

Colin Burgess added an RBI single a batter later and it was 4-2 Commodores.

Tourney MVP Eli Tencza got out of a potential jam in the 7th when a state title winning 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

McCracken – 200 000 0 – 2 7 0
Tates Creek- 020 020 x – 4 8 1
WP: Tencza
LP: Ehling