MADISON — The Man 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars defeated the homestanding Madison All-Stars 8-4 on Tuesday night via the long ball as Preston Blankenship and Cameron Frye blasted homers in the Man victory.
Man (1-0) got on the scoreboard in the first inning and never looked back.
Man’s leadoff batter Ryan Cozart got hit by a pitch from Dillion Stowers and then Preston Blankenship ripped a fastball over the right field fence to give Man a 2-0 advantage.
Corey Miller reached on a one-out error, Cameron Frye then walked and Mika Walker walked to load up the bases. Josh Lambert then got an infield hit and RBI to make it 3-0. Frye later stole home on a wild pitch from Stowers to give Man 4-0 lead. Stowers then fanned Josh Carter and Brady Hall to end the inning as Man sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four times to take the early 4-0 lead.
Miller, Man’s pitcher, got Madison out in order in the bottom of the first inning.
Man added a run in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead as Cozart led off with a single and later scored on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Caleb Blevins.
Madison (0-1) scored its first run of the game off Miller in the bottom of the second inning as Stowers led off with a single and stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.
Both team went out quietly in the third inning.
Man pushed its lead to 8-1 in the top of the fourth frame on a three-run blast over right center field fence by Frye off Evan Sayre.
Madison cut the Man lead in half with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 8-4 game as Cameron Frye had some control problems in relief of Miller.
Caleb Blevins then came in for Frye in the top of the sixth inning and closed the door to preserve the Man win.
Man was led in hitting by Frye, who had a homer and double with three RBI. Blankenship had a homer and single and two RBI. Miller had two singles and Cozart and Josh Lambert had one hit each.
Madison had just three hits — one each by Stowers, Hayden Miller and Corey Cooper.
Corey Miller got the win on the mound while Stowers suffered the loss.
Man returns to round-robin action Friday at 6 p.m. against Wharton-Barrett. Madison plays Thursday at 8 p.m. against Chapmanville.
In the opening game on Tuesday night, Tug Valley mercied Welch, 12-1.