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All-stars go 2-2 at state

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By Todd Martin

After a tough loss Wednesday to Jessamine County, the Shelby County 12-year-old All-stars bounced back in a big way.

Shelby topped Middletown 10-0 in a run-rule shortened four innings on Friday to advance.

"We hit the ball well," head coach J.R. Wiley said.

Leading the way were Kipp Moore, Lawson Page, Kambron Burner and Zac Wiley with two hits apiece. Burner and Wiley both added solo home runs.

Paul Miller got the win for Shelby, throwing a no-hitter with eight strikeouts.

Shelby County stayed hot on Saturday, drilling Fern Creek 13-1 in another run-rule shortened four-inning game.

Michael Smither got the win, throwing three strong innings, and Turner Mayton came in to finish off the game in the fourth.

Buddy Johnson led the offense with a solo home run and was one of six players to get a hit for Shelby County.

The 12-year-old team then faced Scott County later Saturday evening. Scott County had beaten the team twice already this summer, the last time coming in the district tournament the week before.

And Scott County again got the better of Shelby, knocking Shelby County from the tournament with a 4-3 win.

"You have to give Scott County credit, they beat us 3-0 before the district, 5-4 in the district and then got us again," Wiley said. "We out hit them in the game, but we had a couple of errors that cost us a little."

Shelby County had six hits in the game, two each from Zac Wiley and Bruner to lead the way.

Despite the loss, Wiley applauded the effort of Johnson on the mound.

"He pitched a heck of a game in a big time situation," the coach said.

Johnson had three strikeouts and allowed just four hits over six innings.

Although the team didn't make it back to the championship game after finishing as state runners-up last year, Wiley said he was very pleased with this team's play.

"I thought we played better than we did at the district, and overall I thought we did a good job," he said. "We just couldn't get the big hits when we needed it. That was our biggest problem in both tournaments. It wasn't from a lack of effort. The kids played hard and had a lot of enthusiasm each game."

South Lexington went on to win the tournament, beating Scott County in the final, but Wiley said Shelby County did get a boost.

"The state commissioner came down on Saturday and I think we got a chance to host this thing again," he said. "That's a tribute to the community and park for putting on such a great event."