GLASGOW — Barren County Pride ended their run in the Cal Ripken 9-year-old Western Kentucky State Tournament with a 10-5 loss to Germantown on Sunday afternoon.
The Pride had won two games in pool play, beating Allen County and Grayson County, but lost to St. Matthews. That set up and elimination game Sunday in bracket play of the tournament.
Team coach Derrick Williams said despite the outcome, his players had a good run.
“We wanted each player to be a better player in the end than when they started,” he said. “Every kids has improved some way, some how.”
After a scoreless first inning, Germantown took the lead for good with a run in the top of the second inning. The squad from Louisville added five more run in the third for a 6-0 advantage.
The Pride showed some by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third.
Holden Bullock was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Tyler Jones followed and was also hit by a pitch. Blake Cook and Colton Stephens each had singles to drive in Bullock and Jones.
Germantown pushed its lead to 8-2 in the fourth. Barren picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth after G'town had scored another run in the top of that inning.
In the fifth for the Pride, Jordan Hare and Jones each had singles to open their half of the fifth. A single by Cook drove in Hare, then, after an out, Hunter Scott drove in a run with a single.
Barren's final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Pride tried to rally to stay in the tournament. Mason Bragg reached base and scored in the sixth.
“We didn't give up. Our guys fought to the end,” Williams said. “I'm very proud of them.”
Blaye Key started on the mound for Barren and pitched three innings. Zack Poore closed the game.
“I want to thank the community for supporting us. This is a great complex where we played,” Williams said, referring to the multipurpose baseball/softball fields at Jackie Browning Park. “Also, thanks to the county recreation department and county league for putting this on.”
For two of the four fields at Browning Park, this was the first year they were in use for the county league's teams.