Shelby County falls short at state

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Shelby sandwiches losses around a pair of victories

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County 12-year-old Cal Ripken all-star baseball team won two games, but lost two in the 2013 East Kentucky Major 60 State Tournament.

Scott County ended the team’s tournament run with an 11-1 rout on Monday night at Lexington’s Shillito Park.

Shelby County had reached that game after being slammed by host South Lexington, 12-1, Friday in the opening game before bouncing back to clobber Casey County, 12-0, on Saturday and outlast Southeastern, 10-7, on Sunday.

“The team overall played well in the tournament, but struggled at times against South Lexington and Scott County with our hitting,” head coach Mitchell Tinsley said.


South Lexington 12, Shelby County 1

South Lexington had 13 hits, including seven for extra bases (three doubles, a triple and a trio of home runs), in a 5-inning victory

Shelby County scored its lone run in the third when Tait Cox walked with two outs, and eventually scored on a throwing error. Tannor Mills got Shelby’s only hit, a single, later that inning.  


Shelby County 12, Casey County 0

A pair of pitchers – Garrett Jeffries and Tyler Ritchey – combined to hold Casey to one hit and strike out 11. Jeffries earned the victory. He gave up the lone hit and struck out six in three innings. Ritchey earned the save, walking one and striking out five in the final two frames.

At the plate Kyion Stone led the way, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Grant Early added a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. Seven others had at least one hit for Shelby, which totaled 11 in the 5-inning victory.


Shelby County 10, Southeastern 7

Four-run third and fourth innings and a strong start by Grant Early helped Shelby. Early picked up the victory on the mound, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Four players – Jeffries, Max Beard, Cody Decker and Mills – had two hits apiece for Shelby County. Beard and Mills had three RBIs apiece.  

Meanwhile Cox, Jeffries, Decker and Ritchey scored two runs each.


Scott County 11, Shelby County 1

A pair of Scott County pitchers held Shelby County to one hit – by Stone – in a 4-inning victory Monday night.

“We made a few mistakes against Scott County that we weren’t able to overcome,” said Tinsley, whose team committed four errors in defeat.

Stone led the team at the plate during the tourney, hitting .571 (4-for-7), and Mills hit .500. Jeffries, Beard, Thompson and Hunter Warford each batted.333.

“I was very pleased with the overall effort of all the kids based on our team being so inexperienced in all-star competition,” Tinsley said. “Our offense, defense and pitching was very productive against Casey County and Southeastern.”


South Lexington 12, Shelby County 1

South Lexington 210 09 – 12 13 1

Shelby County 001 00 – 1 1 1

Gavin Hall, Cameron Baughman (3), Blake Pulliam (5) and Brendan Hord. Max Beard, Cody Decker (5) and Garrett Jeffries. W – Baughman. L – Beard. 2B – Hall (SL), Hord (SL) 2. 3B – Jared Gadd (SL). HR – Hall (SL), Baughman (SL), Gadd (SL).


Shelby County 12, Casey County 0

Shelby County 303 24 – 12 11 1

Casey County 000 00 – 0 1 6

Jeffries, Tyler Ritchey (4) and Beard. Cade Reed, Bradley Hines (4), Jake McGowan (5) and Micah Pendleton. W – Jeffries. L – Reed. SV – Ritchey. 2B – Beard (SC), Will Stivers (SC). 3B – Kyion Stone (SC), Michael Lonak (SC). HR – Stone (SC).


Shelby County 10, Southeastern 7

Shelby County 104 410 – 10 10 3

Southeastern 101 023 – 7 12 5

Grant Early, Tannor Mills (5) and Jeffries. Clayton Cruise, Andrew Stefaniak (4), Ashton Smith (4) and Ty Dawalt, Mack. W – Early. L – Cruise. 2B – Jake Thompson (SC), Smith (SE). 3B – Beard (SC), Bryan Jackson (SE). HR – Mack (SE).


Scott County 11, Shelby County 1

Shelby County 001 0 – 1 1 4

Scott County 205 4 – 11 6 3

Michael Lonak, Tait Cox (2), Early (4) and Jeffries. T. Fox, J. Fox (4) and Brody Webb, Kyle Harbison (4). W – T. Fox. L – Lonak.