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The Shelby County 8-year-old all-star baseball team lost both of its games in the state tournament.
Boone County beat Shelby County, 5-0, Friday night, then Magoffin County won, 3-1, in a losers’ bracket game on Saturday in the machine-pitch competition in Nicholasville.
“The machine we used was nothing like our machine here,” head coach Darin Young said. “All of the other teams used this type of machine in their league. We played great in the field but couldn't hit. We struck out a lot. The kids couldn't pick it up.
“It was so bad that Spencer County didn't go back today [Saturday]. I feel we were better than any team there. We had never seen this type of manual machine before. It was the most frustrating thing I have ever dealt with in sports.
“On our field or with a different machine would have made for better results.”
SOCCER: Rovers lose 2
The River City Rovers, the Premier Development League men’s soccer team that has played its home matches in Shelbyville this spring and summer, lost a pair of matches late last week, ending their playoff hopes.
River City (4-8-1) lost its regular-season home finale Thursday night, falling, 2-1, to the Chicago Inferno at the Shelby County Athletic Complex before losing, 3-1, to the host Michigan Bucks on Saturday night.
Thursday, Chicago (3-5-3) took the early lead with Isaac Kannah’s goal in the 15th minute.
The Rovers got the equalizer in the 27th minute when Robertson Tarver was fouled on the end line at the edge of the box. Dylan Terry played the subsequent free kick to the near post, where Lwandiso “Ace” Gonya deposited it into the net.
However Noel Alvarez’s rebound goal in the 82nd minute gave the Inferno the victory.
River City outshot Chicago, 19-9, and Rovers keeper Chris Hubbard recorded five saves against the Inferno.
Saturday, Michigan led, 1-0, at halftime, thanks to a goal by Gerald Ben, then the Bucks sandwiched a pair of second-half goals around one by Terry.
Michigan (8-2-3) outshot River City, 22-6.
The Rovers sit in fifth place in the PDL’s Great Lakes Division with 13 points.
River City closes out its regular season Friday night against the Chicago Inferno at Wheaton College.