Errors derail Shelby County

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Northern rallies for 13-10 victory as Shelby has 13 miscues

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County 11-year-old Cal Ripken all-star baseball team had a fast start but a forgettable finish in its first state tournament game.

Shelby raced out to a 7-0 lead against Northern Lexington before the visitors rallied for a 13-10 triumph late Wednesday night in the first round of the 2013 East Kentucky Major 60 State Tournament at Clear Creek Park. Northern’s comeback was aided by 13 Shelby County errors.

“The pitchers did their jobs; they were throwing strikes. Our defense just didn’t support us,” said Shelby head coach Jack Canady, whose team plays at 8 tonight in an elimination game.

Even though the game started two hours late (first pitch was around 10 p.m.) – the opening game between Henry and Scott counties had a couple of lightning delays – Shelby County started with a bang, scoring four runs in the first inning and three in the second to lead by a touchdown.

In the first Clark Donnell walked, Marcellus Vail singled, then J.P. Marcum drove in Donnell with a single through the left side. Then a Northern error – its only one of the game – led to a pair of Shelby County runs before Will Cline’s RBI ground out made it 4-0.

In the second Eric Ritchey led off with a walk before Donnell reached base on a fielder’s choice. Following a fly out Marcum singled through the left side once again. Brandon Ethington then walked to load the bases before Colby Eades beat out an infield single, bringing in two runs. Cline then followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it 7-0.

Northern began chipping away at Shelby County’s lead in the bottom of the second, when it plated a pair of runs. Northern tallied three more times in the third before Shelby scored twice (on RBIs from Anthony Anderson and Eric Ritchey) in the top of the fourth.

Northern responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth before taking the lead with a 6-spot in the fifth frame. The game ended, a couple of minutes before midnight, with runners on first and second for Shelby.

“We sat here for three hours [because of the delays]…we lost our focus,” Canady said. “They’re 11-year-old kids. They lose their focus real quick. They get tired, and they start looking around at four-leaf clovers.”

Shelby County will be looking for some good luck tonight, when it plays the loser of Thursday night’s game between South Lexington and Southeastern.



Northern 13, Shelby County 10

Shelby County 430 210 – 10 12 13

Northern 023 26X – 13 13 1

J.P. Marcum, Marcellus Vail (4) and Will Cline. Dylan Lynch, Jaden Goodwin (2) and Bryson Hobbs. W – Goodwin. L – Vail. 2B – Kobe Wallace (N), Colby Eades (SC). 3B – Wallace (N).