Shelby mounted rally after rally Monday night against South Lexington, but Lexington stayed one-run ahead of Shelby and stopped two bases-loaded attempts to win the East Kentucky Babe Ruth Championship, 10-9, at the Shelby County High School Sports Complex.
Shelby would have had to defeat Lexington twice Monday to advance to the regional tournament.
“I thought we showed a lot of heart,” Coach J.R. Wiley said. “Sometimes you just run out of innings. They had one more big hit than we did.”