Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 16, 2012

Barren’s 11s advance to title round

EDMONTON — It took a forfeit, a five-hour rain delay and three games, but the Barren County 11-year-olds are in the championship round of the 11-Under Cal Ripken State Tournament. The challenge is they enter a game to be played Monday needing to win twice  to be champs.

Barren breezed through the first round because the team they were scheduled to play, Breckenridge County, dropped out of the tournament. That left them to play Grayson County on Saturday morning. Two rain delays postponed the game, but Barren eventually won 16-8 to advance to a Sunday morning game against Hancock County.

Sunday the sun was out, allowing Barren to get in two games. The first, an 8-3 loss to Hancock and the second a 5-3 win over Henderson County in an elimination game.

The win pushed Barren to a 6 p.m. showdown Monday with Henderson at Memorial Park in Edmonton. If Barren wins, they will face Hancock again at 8 p.m. in a winner-take-all contest.

Brett Hall pitched a solid game Sunday afternoon to push Barren by Henderson. In six innings, he struck out seven, walked one and allowed seven hits. Three of the hits came in the top of the sixth inning when Henderson was fighting to stay in the game. Barren led 5-1 going into the final inning.

After Henderson scored a run in the top of the first inning, Barren knotted the game at a run apiece in the bottom of the first.

Alex Witty reached base on an error. He stole second and eventually scored on a double by Caleb Day.

Barren took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

With one out, Hall drew a walk. He later scored on a single by Harrison Davis. A triple by Jake Tassinari drove in Davis and Barren led 3-1.

After two scoreless innings, Barren added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Day led off the inning with a single. He moved to second on a fielding error and scored on a single by Jaydon Wells. A double by Andrew Witty drove in Wells to give Barren a 5-1 lead.

Henderson attempted to rally in the top of the sixth inning, but after a two-out double drove in two runs, Hall forced a ground out to end the game.

At the plate, Day led the way going 2 for 2 with a double and a single. Andrew Witty was 2 for 3 with a double and a single. Hunter London, Alex Beckham, Dustin Rupe and Wells each also had a hit.

In the early game Sunday, three Barren County pitchers took a crack at beating Hancock without much success.

Beckham started on the mound and Day and Tassinari each also pitched. They combined to give up nine hits, walk three and strike out one.

Alex Witty led at the plate with a triple, while Davis had a double. London, Wells and Gunner Westmoreland each also had a hit.

The lead off batter for Barren reached base in four of the six innings, but it was in the fourth inning before they were able to plate a run. That inning was one in which the lead off got out. With one out, Andrew Witty drew a walk. He moved to second on a pass ball and scored on the double by Davis. Hancock led 7-1 at that point.

Barren added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. London reached base with a single and he scored on the triple by Alex Witty. Witty scored on a ground out by Day.

Hancock jumped ahead in the game with two runs in the first inning. Five more scores in the third put them in control. They added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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