Babe Ruth All-Stars Finish Third in State Tourney
The Giles County Babe Ruth All-Stars overcame a tournament opening loss to win multiple games and post a third place finish in Lawrenceburg Sunday at the 15U State Tournament.
The team, which consisted of players from all ages divisions of the local league was playing short-handed due to three injuries to the all-star squad but still featured a squad with enough talent to eliminate both Lebanon and Bellevue before narrowly falling to Marshall County in the semifinals.
Marshall County played Lawrence County in the championship and will serve as the host for the Southeast Regionals in Lewisburg later this month.
Giles County 0
Marshall County 10
A Giles County performance riddled with errors turned a competitive game in the early innings into a loss by mercy rule to Marshall County Friday night in the opener.
The tournament saw multiple delays due to weather, leading to a late night game between the two clubs that saw starting pitcher Will Hargrove of Giles County post a strong start early, allowing just one unearned run in the first two innings, while striking out a pair.
The first unearned run of the night was unfortunately not the last for the Giles County faithful as back-to-back errors in the third inning led to three more runs for a 4-0 Marshall County lead. The opposing all-stars added five runs in the fourth and closed out the win by run rule with a run in the fifth.
At the plate, Sawyer Phillips drew two walks. Clay Mitchell, Aiden Kelley and Riley Cardin each also drew one walk. Tucker Toone reached after being hit by a pitch. However, the local all-stars recorded no hits in the outing.
Giles County 8
A quality start on the mound by Tucker Toone helped the local all-stars capture their first win of the state tournament Saturday in an 8-1 victory over Lebanon.
Toone pitched 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, striking out the final batter he faced as he reached the 95-pitch limit and was forced to exit. Clay Mitchell recorded the final four outs with 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Toone struck out five batters, allowing five hits and walking three batters.
Mitchell scored the first of his game-high three runs in the opening inning when he reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI base hit from Sawyer Phillips. Base hits from Riley Cardin, Aiden Kelley and Cooper Hlubb led to three more runs in the third. After scoring a lone run in the fifth, Giles added three more run in the sixth while nearly batting around.
Mitchell finished 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Toone went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Cardin finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Hlubb was 2-for-3 with a walk. Reed Owens walked twice and scored a run. Kelley also singled and scored.
Giles County 19
Giles County needed only four innings to dispatch Bellevue and advanced to the state semifinals in Saturday’s second game, a 19-2 victory.
Giles scored 11 runs in the first inning alone as all nine batters reached and scored in a nine-hit inning. The local all-stars added two runs in the second, one in the third and five more in the fourth to enforce to win by mercy rule.
Sawyer Phillips tied for a game-high with three runs including a homer in a 2-for-2 performance including a sac fly and a hit by pitch. Phillips picked up RBIs in three of his four at-bats. Clay Mitchell was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs. Riley Cardin was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs. Tucker Toone singled, walked twice and scored two runs.
Cooper Hlubb went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Will Hargrove walked and scored twice. Jack Harper went 2-for-4 with two runs. Reed Owens singled, walked and scored a run. Aiden Kelley went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs.
Owens picked up the win on the mound, pitching four innings, allowing only one base hit and striking out three batters.
Giles County 1
Marshall County 4
Riley Cardin kept his team in contention with a complete game performance on the mound, but Giles County narrowly fell 4-1 to see the team’s tournament run fall one game shy of a championship appearance.
Cardin pitched a perfect stat line through three innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced before multiple base hits and a defensive error led to four Marshall County runs in the fourth. Cardin picked up where he left off by retiring the final six batters in order, but the Giles County offense could not match the four runs, despite a much-improved performance compared to the opener.
Giles recorded five base hits in the loss and drew four walks in seven innings. Tucker Toone walked twice. Clay Mitchell walked and scored in the second. Sawyer Phillips singled and drew a walk. Will Hargrove, Jack Harper and Reed Owens each added a single as well.