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Back-and-forth grinder goes to Shelby’s 13-year-olds

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By Scotty McDaniel

Shelby County’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star Team grinded out a 7-6 victory over an evenly matched Frankfort team Wednesday to advance in the District Tournament at Clear Creek Park.

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The teams exchanged the lead throughout the game and were tied, 5-5, five innings.

But after Frankfort scored to regain the lead at 6-5, Zac Wiley hit in a game-tying run in the sixth inning, and in the seventh and final inning Zach Holmes smashed double to drive in the winning run.

“We played a good game. We had a couple baserunning mistakes, but we were good enough to overcome them for this game,” Coach J.R. Wiley said.

When players got on bases, Shelby was able to capitalize with consistent hitting. Zac Wiley, Holmes and Paul Miller had two hits apiece.

“We had good timely hitting -- in scoring positions we got hits,” Coach Wiley said.

Zac Wiley pitched the first five innings, and Buddy Johnson shut Frankfort out through the last two innings.

“Wiley and Johnson combined to do a good job,” Coach Wiley said. “Our pitching was good last night.”

The team will play Scott County tonight at 6, and another victory would launch it into the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. A loss would require a second, losers' bracket game tonight at 8.

“Last year they [Scott County] beat us twice as 12-year-olds, but they were close games like last night’s game,” he said.

Coach Wiley also pointed out that Frankfort had beaten his Shelby team last year, too, but this year’s results were different. The teams in the district are all evenly matched, he said, so he likes his team’s odds tonight.