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The Shelby County 9-year-old Cal Ripken baseball team had some ups and downs at State.
Shelby lost its first game, 13-0 to Southeastern, Thursday in the 2013 East Kentucky State Tournament at Suffoletta Park in Georgetown before bouncing back with an 8-3 victory over Boone County Black on Friday. Shelby County was eliminated Saturday, though, 10-5, by Lake Cumberland.
“Our biggest problem of the tournament was scoring runs,” Shelby County head coach Andy Raisor said. “We struggle to score and have to rely on our defense to help us win games. In the games we lost, our defense was not at its best. We were not making the plays that we normally do, and had too many untimely errors.”
Shelby took a quick lead against Lake Cumberland, with three runs in the top of the first, but Lake Cumberland responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the inning, four more in the second and three in the fourth. Shelby’s two runs in the sixth weren’t enough.
Shelby County had more errors (seven) than hits (four) in defeat. Will Burchfield led the team at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
But that was the pattern for the week.
In fact, Burchfield had his team’s only hit in its opening, 4-inning loss on Tuesday night.
For the tournament, Burchfield led the way with a .714 batting average, going 5 for 7 at the plate. Also for Shelby, Chris Armstrong hit .429 and Trent Floden .333.
Shelby County 8, Boone County Black 3
Shelby pounded out 11 hits and received strong efforts from a pair of pitchers.
Armstrong went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Colby Fry, Floden, Burchfield and Trey McAlmont also had two hits apiece. Burchfield added a pair of RBIs, and McAlmont scored two runs.
Burchfield picked up the victory on the mound. He gave up one unearned run on two hits while walking four and striking out four in four innings. Fry pitched the final two frames. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked one and struck out two.
Shelby County scored one run in the first inning without a hit – two in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Armstrong received a leadoff walk to start the game, moved to second on a throwing error, to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Two innings later he also received a leadoff walk before and scored on a throwing error after a double by Fry, who also scored on a second Boone County throwing error.
In the fourth frame Wilson Raisor received a leadoff walk, then advanced on a wild pitch. He moved to third on McAlmont’s single, then scored on Armstrong’s single. Fry followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Boone County plated single runs in the third and fourth frames before Shelby scored twice more in the sixth.
McAlmont singled and advanced to second on a fielding error and third on a wild pitch and scored on Armstrong’s single to center field. Three batters later Burchfield’s 2-run single made it 8-2.
Southeastern 13, Shelby County 0
Shelby County 000 0 – 0 1 6
Southeastern 841 X – 13 13 0
Logan Broughton, Wilson Raisor (2) and Trent Floden. Ben Prather, Jackson Torbey (4) and Spencer Bennington. W – Prather. L – Broughton. 2B – Cade Hilt (SE), Bennington (SE) 2. 3B – Trenton Taylor (SE), Clayton Ryan (SE).
Shelby County 8, Boone County Black 3
Shelby County 102 203 – 8 11 2
Boone County Black 000 111 – 3 6 6
Will Burchfield, Colby Fry (5) and Floden. Charlie Hungler, Cody Berry (4) and Tyler Fowler. W – Burchfield. L – Hungler. 2B – Fry (SC), Corbin Fletcher (BCB).
Lake Cumberland 10, Shelby County 5
Shelby County 300 002 – 5 4 7
Lake Cumberland 340 30X – 10 8 4
Chris Armstrong, Logan Broughton (3), Floden (5) and Burchfield. Jacob Jackson, Logan Purcell (6) and Alden Vanhooser, Barek Williams (6). W – Jackson. L – Armstrong. 2B – Burchfield (SC).