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The Shelby County Cal Ripken 10-year-old all-star baseball team won the decisive third game Wednesday night to capture the District 2 Tournament title in Georgetown.
Shelby County won the first game Tuesday night, 15-9, before host Scott County captured the second game, 15-5, to send the tourney to a winner-take-championship, which Shelby County won 12-8 at Suffoletta Park.
Shelby advances to the State Tournament, which will begin the week of July 14 in Lexington.
Shelby County 15, Scott County 9
In Tuesday’s opener, Shelby built an early lead then held off Scott thanks to 13 hits and the combined efforts of four pitchers.
Scott County, the home team, scored one run in the bottom of the first to get a quick advantage, but Shelby County responded with five runs in the top of the second to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Shelby added two runs in the third, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Will Birchfield, Dale Kirk, Trent Floden and Chris Armstrong each took turns pitching for Shelby County. Armstrong earned the victory. He held Scott County scoreless over the final 2 and 2/3 innings while allowing three hits, striking out one and walking three.
Kirk led Shelby at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Camden Hughes, Birchfield and Ryan Redmon added two hits apiece while Floden, Alex Cline and Redmon had two RBIs each. Meanwhile Hughes, Birchfield, Austin Thompson and Cline scored twice.
Scott County 15, Shelby County 5
Scott led 4-2 after two innings Tuesday night before the game was suspended by rain. It resumed Wednesday night and Scott County picked up right where it left off.
Shelby, which was held to just four hits, scored single runs in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Shelby County 12, Scott County 8
Shelby County scored four runs in the top of the third inning to break a 2-all tie and never looked back in winning the district title.
Birchfield led the way for Shelby. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs and three runs scored at the plate and picked up the victory on the mound, where he yielded three runs – two earned – on four hits while walking five and striking out five in five innings.
Hughes, Kirk and Floden added two hits apiece while Hughes scored four runs and Kirk finished with four RBIs. Redmon also scored twice.
In the key third inning, Redmon was issued a leadoff walk, and then stole second before Hughes walked. Back-to-back doubles by Birchfield and Kirk plated three runs before Floden singled home Kirk.
Shelby Co. 15, Scott Co. 9
Shelby County 052 422 – 15 13 3
Scott County 130 500 – 9 10 6
Will Birchfield, Dale Kirk (3), Trent Floden (4), Chris Armstrong (4) and Alex Cline. Micah Glenn, J.P. Hopkins (2), Brant Gotwalt (5) and Wade Eslick. W – Armstrong. L – Hopkins. 2B – Kirk (Shelby), Floden (Shelby), Harris (Scott).
Scott Co. 15, Shelby Co. 5
Scott County 405 006 – 15 10 1
Shelby County 111 011 – 5 4 3
Wade Eslick, Campton Martin (6) and Hopkins, Eslick (6). Armstrong, Birchfield (1), Wilson Raisor (1), Kirk (3), Aaron Thompson (6), Austin Thompson (6) and Floden. W – Eslick. L – Armstrong. 2B – Andrew Wilhite (Scott), Floden (Shelby). 3B – Grant Stewart (Scott).
Shelby Co. 12, Scott Co. 8
Shelby County 204 231 – 12 12 4
Scott County 201 005 – 8 9 4
Birchfield, Armstrong (6) and Floden, Cline (6). Glenn, Gotwalt (4), Martin (6) and Eslick. W – Birchfield. L – Glenn. 2B – Birchfield (Shelby) 2, Kirk (Shelby), Eslick (Scott). 3B – Birchfield (Shelby), Stewart (Scott).