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Shelby slugs its way to state

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Three routs overpowering

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County 10-year-old Cal Ripken all-star baseball team didn’t just beat its opponents in the District 2 tournament. It obliterated them.

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In three games host Shelby County outscored its foes, 60-3, and out-hit them, 48-4. The 10-year-olds trounced Scott County, 30-2, in their first game Thursday night at Clear Creek Park, then hammered Henry County, 20-1, on Friday before topping Scott again, this time, 10-0, in the district final that started Saturday night and finished up Sunday afternoon because of the weather.

“We hit it good, pitched it good, played really good defense and ran the bases well,” Shelby County head coach Mike Hammond said. “We played our game and did what we needed to do.”

Shelby County advances to the State Tournament, which is scheduled to begin next Wednesday in Lexington (Southeastern is the host team).

 

Shelby County 30, Scott County 2

Shelby County scored six runs in the first inning, two in the second, 12 in the third and 10 in the fourth. Tyler White led Shelby’s 21-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored. Warren Jackson also went 4-for-5 with four runs scored.

Other standouts at the plate included Kyle Sorrells, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored; Nick Hammond, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored; Ty Foree, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored and Brayden LaFollette, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Kaden Dugle picked up the victory on the mound, giving up two earned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two in two innings. Blake Cook pitched the final two frames, walking one and striking out four.

 

Shelby County 20, Henry County 1

The 10-year-olds tallied 13 runs in the first inning and seven in the second on their way to a 3-inning victory.  Hammond led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3, with two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Also for Shelby County, White went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Dugle was 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Sorrells picked up the victory. He gave up one earned run on one hit while walking three and striking out three in two innings. Zach Guttermuth walked two and struck out one in the final frame.  

 

Shelby County 10, Scott County 0

White capped off Shelby County’s title by tossing a 5-inning no-hitter against Scott. The game began Saturday night but was halted after the second lightning delay with Shelby leading, 5-0 after two innings, and ended Sunday afternoon. White walked one and struck out seven against the 19 batters he faced.

“He pitched really well,” Hammond said. “I was concerned about him coming back the second day, but he pitched better Sunday than he did Saturday. His location was better, [and] his command was better.”

Guttermuth led Shelby County, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Also contributing to a 13-hit attack were Foree, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Austin Griffin, who had a pair of hits.

In the three district tournament games Shelby County hit a collective .522, led by White and Hammond. White went 7-for-10 with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored, and Hammond went 6-for-9 (.667) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. Meanwhile Foree went 5-for-9 (.556) with six RBIs and seven runs scored and Jackson was 5-for-11 (.455) with six runs scored.

“Everybody hit, [and] our kids had tremendous at-bats,” said Hammond, whose team also had a .604 on-base percentage, an .804 slugging percentage and a 1.408 on-base plus slugging percentage. 

Meanwhile five Shelby County pitchers combined for a 1.50 earned-run average and 17 strikeouts in 12 innings and defensively the team had a .925 fielding percentage, committing only three errors in 40 chances.

 

Shelby County 30, Scott County 2

Shelby County 62(12) (10) – 30 21 1

Scott County 200 0 – 2 3 8

W - Kaden Dugle, L – Turner. 2B – Kyle Sorrells (Shelby), Tyler White (Shelby), Dugle (Shelby), Ty Foree (Shelby), Blake Cook (Shelby). HR – Nick Hammond (Shelby), White (Shelby) 2.

Shelby County 20, Henry County 1

Shelby County (13)70 – 20 14 1

Henry County 010 – 1 1 5

W – Sorrells. L – Spencer. 2B – Warren Jackson (SC), Hammond (SC) 2, White (SC), Dugle (SC). 3B – Dugle (SC).

Shelby County 10, Scott County 0

Scott County 000 00 – 0 0 1

Shelby County 503 11 – 10 13 1

W – White. L – Noffsinger. 2B – Ty Foree (Shelby), Caleb Hawley (Shelby), Austin Griffin (Shelby), Guttermuth (Shelby).