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ELIZABETHTOWN — After building an eight-run lead in one inning, the LaRue County 9-year-old All-Stars seemed to be in great position to stave off elimination in the loser’s bracket quarterfinals of the Cal Ripken West Kentucky State Tournament.
But even after squandering the big lead and twice falling behind Saturday night, LaRue County found a way to survive and advance.
Right-hander Ty Morris struck out two of the final four batters he faced, and LaRue County held on for a wild 17-14 win over Scottsville at the Elizabethtown Area Baseball Commission’s minor league field.
Late Saturday night, Elizabethtown advanced to play LaRue County in the loser’s bracket semifinals with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Germantown. LaRue County and Elizabethtown meet at 3 p.m. today in an elimination game.
With LaRue County trailing 14-13 in the bottom of the fifth, Steven Greenleaf scored on a groundout to tie the game. Morris then had what proved to be the game-winning hit when he lined a single through the middle of the infield for a 15-14 lead.
Dalton Skaggs singled in Morris for a 16-14 lead, and Dane Milby doubled to plate Skaggs for LaRue County’s final run.
LaRue County fell behind 3-0 after the top of the first. But it rallied for 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning, a lead it would hold until the third inning.
Scottsville tied the game at 11 behind several walks and fielding errors, and eventually took the lead in the fourth.
Morris doubled twice, singled and scored four runs, while Skaggs tripled, singled twice and scored three runs. Milby added three doubles, two singles and two runs, and Jaxon Boley had two doubles, two singles and a run.
Sheldon Peay had a single and three runs, while Brendon Ploughe had a single and two runs for Scottsville.
n Earlier Saturday, LaRue County fell to Prairie Village, 4-2.
LaRue County led 2-1 after two innings, but Prairie Village scored three runs in the fourth for the win.
Morris singled twice and scored a run, while Milby doubled and Skaggs had two singles.
n Paul Fiepke doubled, singled and scored twice, while Jey Gregory and Jackson Webb each singled and scored twice as Elizabethtown rolled past Germantown.
Graham Meek doubled and scored two runs and Edward Alexander had two singles and a run.
Fiepke also picked up the win on the mound, recording two strikeouts in two innings.
n On Friday, LaRue County mercy ruled Hancock County, 11-1 in four innings.
Boley singled and scored three runs, while Briar Holt and Milby each singled and scored a run.
Morris, Skaggs and Brandon Cecil each scored twice.
GERMANTOWN 13, HANCOCK COUNTY 1, 4 INNINGS. Kyle Cahoe tripled and scored a run and Max Medley doubled and scored as Germantown upended Hancock County on Saturday afternoon.
Germantown scored eight runs in the third inning and held Hancock County to three singles.
SCOTTSVILLE 20, BEECHMONT 16, 7 INNINGS. On Saturday afternoon, Scottsville scored six runs in the seventh inning and held off Beechmont to avoid elimination.
Scottsville held leads of 8-4, 10-9 and 14-11 before Beechmont rallied to tie it in the sixth.
PRAIRIE VILLAGE 10, GERMANTOWN 9, 7 INNINGS. Leadoff hitter Dayton Spencer hit a two-out walkoff single to lift Prairie Village past Germantown in the first round. Spencer drove in Brayden Campos, who led off the top of the seventh with a walk.
Trailing 5-0, Germantown rallied for nine runs in the top of the fourth. The lead would have been bigger had Germantown’s Matt Ernst not been touched by teammates before he stepped on home plate following a three-run homer. The play was ruled a triple.
With runners on first and third and one out, Prairie Village had a chance to win it in the bottom of the sixth. But Germantown escaped the jam to force extra innings.