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The Shelby County 10-year-old all-stars came out hot and finished off Spencer County, 12-2, in a four-inning, run-rule-shortened game Wednesday.
The victory put Shelby into the winners bracket final of the double-elimination district tournament at Clear Creek Park.
Scott County beat Henry County, 11-7, in the first game.
After Spencer County scored a run in the top of the first, Shelby came out in the bottom of the inning and took command of the game.
Twelve of Shelby County’s first 13 batters reached base safely, and just like that Shelby County was ahead. 10-1.
Ben Wisley got things started with a two-run triple early in the inning. Tyler Stinson came up with a two-run single, and Josh Barry added an RBI single for his second hit of the inning. Mason Kuhl followed that with an RBI triple, and Wisley came through again with an RBI single.
“We got some timely hits and ran the bases well,” Coach Troy Kuhl said. “You love to see a start like that. The guys swung that bat well, and were really aggressive on the bases. I hope we can carry that kind of effort on through the tournament.”
Spencer cut into the lead in the top of the third with one run, but an unusual double play ended the inning.
Tanner Brown tried to make a sliding catch in right field, but he came up just short. However, he quickly threw to Jordan Armstrong at third to get the runner tagging up. Armstrong then threw to Tre Axline at first to double up the runner that had left the bag.
That heads-up play held Spencer to just one run and ended that threat.
Shelby then tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning and another in the fourth to end the game.
Coach Kuhl said he thought his team came out ready.
“We played well,” he said. “We came out and caught the ball, didn’t throw it around [for errors], and I thought our catcher, Sam Harrod, made some good plays. He threw a couple of guys out.”
Wisley pitched the first three innings for Shelby and got the victory. Taylor Crawford came in and pitched the final inning.
“I thought both guys did a nice job,” Kuhl said. “They threw the ball hard and threw strikes. We just made the plays we needed to make. If we can keep playing like that, we’ll be OK.”