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District play moving along

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3 tournaments at Clear Creek Park

By Josh Cook

District tournament play is under way for the Shelby County Cal Ripken all-star baseball teams.

And although one is done (the 9-year-olds), the other district tourneys continue play this weekend. The state tournaments will begin in early-to-mid-July.

Here is a quick look at each age group.  

 

Instructional

The 8-year-old all-stars began district play Thursday night against Scott County at Clear Creek Park.

If the team, coached by Darin Young, won that game it would play Spencer County at 6:30 tonight. If it lost that first game, it would play at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Complete district tournament schedule (at Clear Creek):

Game 1: Shelby County vs. Scott County, 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Game 2: Spencer County vs. Game 1 winner, 6:30 tonight

Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m. Saturday

Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 6 p.m. Saturday

Game 5 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 5 p.m. Sunday

 

9-year-olds

The team lost a pair of games Tuesday night to Scott County in the 2-team district tourney at Clear Creek.

Scott topped Shelby County, 13-8, in the first game and 7-3 in the second.

"We had solid pitching in the first game from Logan Broughton and Connor Higginbotham but committed too many errors to back them up,” Coach Andy Raisor said. “In the second game Will Birchfield pitched a complete game, allowing only a few hits, but once again we committed too many errors in the field to help him out. As a team, we struggled to hit the ball in both games. When we did get runners on base we didn't capitalize on those scoring opportunities"

Both advance to the state tournament, which is scheduled to start July 17 at Scott County.

 

10-year-olds

Shelby County began district tournament play Thursday night against Scott County at Clear Creek.

The team includes a majority of the same players who helped the 9-year-old all-stars reached the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Regional tournament last summer.

“The nucleus of the team that played all those innings is back,” Coach Mike Hammond said. “Most of these kids have been together since they were seven. They’re maturing.

“Last year the team that went to the regional was the farthest a team from Shelby County had every gone. The kids are excited about doing that again this year, but to get to the region, they have to win a state championship.”

The state tournament, which will be held in Lexington, is slated to begin July 10.

Complete district tournament schedule (at Clear Creek):

Game 1: Henry County vs. Spencer County, Thursday

Game 2: Shelby County vs. Scott County, Thursday

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 tonight

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 8 tonight

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m. Saturday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m. Saturday

Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 5 p.m. Sunday

 

11-year-olds

The 11-year-olds, who are coached by Jack Canady, automatically advance to state without having to play a game because Clear Creek Park is hosting the state tourney, which is scheduled to start July 17.

 

12-year-olds

The 12-year-olds, who are coached by Mitchell Tinsley, play host Scott County at 6 tonight in the first round of the district tournament. The state tournament is slated to begin July 10 in Lexington.

Complete district tournament schedule (at Scott County):

Game 1: Shelby County vs. Scott County, 6 tonight

Game 2: Henry County vs. Spencer County, 8 tonight

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10 a.m. Saturday

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, noon, Saturday

Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 3 p.m. Saturday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m. Sunday

Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 4 p.m. Sunday