Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 9, 2012

BC 16s win pool, fall in state tourney bracket

GLASGOW — There’s been plenty of high quality softball played at American Legion Park over the years, and this past weekend was no exception. Four teams from different parts of the state converged to Glasgow to play in the 16 and under girls softball state tournament. The Barren County Adrenaline hosted the tournament with Blue Lick, Fairdale, and Hart County arriving in town Friday morning for a round robin playoff to determine seeding in the tournament that started Saturday morning.

Barren dominated round robin play, scoring 32 runs in only three games, with no team coming within five runs of the Adrenaline. Barren’s girls took game one, 9-4 over eventual tournament champion Fairdale, 11-6 over Hart County, and 12-5 in the final game of round robin play over Blue Lick. Barren claimed the No. 1 seed going into the tournament on Saturday and set up a first round game against No. 4 seed Hart County who won only one game in round robin play, a 9-4 decision over Blue Lick, and lost to Barren 11-6 in their first game. Blue Lick claimed the No. 2 seed in the tournament and Fairdale settled into the No. 3 seed.

Barren and Hart County opened tournament play Saturday morning with the most exciting game of the day. It was a close game throughout with Hart County taking a 4-3 lead into the Adrenaline’s final at bat in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Barren’s Matea Nelson reached first on a single and stole second on the first pitch of Emily Baker-King’s at bat. With Nelson on second, Baker-King drilled a ball to centerfield that was caught on the run for Barren’s second out. Nelson, hoping for Baker-King’s bomb to find the grass, was caught to far away from second base on her way to third and was doubled up to end the game and Barren’s hopes for a state championship. Hart County advanced to meet the winner of the Fairdale, Blue Lick game.

Barren’s head coaches Hailey Vernon and Taylor Owen commented on their team after their loss.

“I’m very proud of my team, even though they lost today it’s the improvement of the team that matters most,” Vernon said.

“If I could coach again I would, we have all grown as a team, become more patient, and have learned how to handle tough situations,” Owen added.

The second game of the tournament showcased Fairdale’s abundance of offense, as they cruised to an 18-1 victory over Blue Lick, setting up a Fairdale versus Hart County state championship game. Hart County jumped on top early, picking up a run in the first inning, but quickly found themselves down considerably as Fairdale put eight runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Hart County added two more in the second and a lone run in the fourth, but found themselves down six runs going into bottom of the fourth with the score, 10-4

Fairdale had big innings in the fourth and fifth and finished the game with 15 runs. Hart County made a run in the fifth inning closing the game to 13-8 but couldn’t put together enough offense to catch Fairdale. Hart County fell to Fairdale 15-9 in seven innings.

Fairdale advances to the regional tournament in Springfield, Ind. Barren County has received a special berth to the regional tournament in case another team drops out.

Information for other Barren County softball teams that played in state tournaments in town over the weekend was not available by press time.

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Barren County vs. Glasgow