Old scorebooks, part 2: Poynter’s hot post-season for Tates Creek in 1990

May 24, 2016 FieldsColumn

Tates Creek Coach Larry Poynter had a big post-season for the Commodores in 1990.

Tates Creek Coach Larry Poynter had a big post-season for the Commodores in 1990.

Larry Poynter, in his first year as head baseball coach at Tates Creek, leads his alma mater  into post-season play in the 43rd District tournament Tuesday night.

In getting his players ready for the playoffs, Poynter can tell them about how he stepped up in the 1990 post-season and was a key factor in helping the Commodores reach the state finals. (They lost to Paintsville in the championship game. That’s the last time Tates Creek made it that far.)

Poynter, a catcher, not only did his job defensively behind the plate, he also swung a big bat. In nine playoff games that spring, Poynter hit .461 (12 of 26), with 10 RBI and 7 runs. He had an astounding on-base percentage of .676 (25 of 37).

Here’s the scorebook for Tates Creek’s 16-3 victory over Bryan Station in the 11th Region finals. Poynter had a solo homer and a run-scoring double. Mark Etter had 5 RBI, including a 3-run homer for the Commodores. Chris Hammond had 3 hits, and Chris Howard was the winning pitcher. (Please excuse my chicken-scratch penmanship.)

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