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Ripken teams eliminated: All-Stars will face off in RRP tourney

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By Lee Kendall

None of Harrison Countys four Cal Ripken teams won their respective state tournaments last week at different sites, but all four teams will be competing in a season-ending tournament at River Road Park in two weeks.

The 11-year-old All Stars had the best finish among the local teams, taking runner-up honors over the weekend to South Lexington in the Kentucky East State Tournament at Frankfort.

Harrison County won its first two games of the tournament convincingly, before losing to South Lexington in the winners bracket finals on Sunday. Harrison County defeated Scott County in the losers bracket finals to earn a rematch with South Lexington in the finals, but was eliminated there, 8-0.

In the first game of the tournament, Harrison County banged out 20 hits and routed Middletown 24-0 in four innings. Robbie Stroub, Austin Reffett and Devon Barton combined on a no-hitter. Brandon Adams led the offensive assault for Harrison County by hitting for the cycle, including a three-run homer in the second inning.

In the second game of the tournament, Harrison County rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and added three more in the fifth to defeat host Frankfort, 8-2. Stroub and Reffett combined on a two-hitter for the win. Brandon Case delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to get the Harrison County offense going.

In the win over Scott County, Stroub went the distance on the mound as Harrison County squeaked out a 4-3 victory. Alex Kinsey, Stroub and Connor Free all delivered RBI hits in the win for Harrison County.

Harrison Countys 12-year-old All Stars went 3-2 in the nine-team Kentucky East State Tournament and took fourth place overall in a tournament that was played in Shelbyville over the weekend.

Two losses to nemesis Scott County ended Harrison Countys post season run. Scott County prevailed 10-1 in the second round, and then knocked off the local boys in the finals of the losers bracket on Sunday, 6-4.

In the tournament opener, Harrison County ripped Middletown 24-2. After absorbing their first loss to Scott County in the second round of the tournament, Harrison County rebounded with a pair of victories, first beating Lake Cumberland 11-1 and then getting past Jessamine County, 9-4.

Jordan Martin and Zach Royse both pounded a pair of home runs in the tournament for Harrison County. Daniel Lemons added a round-tripper of his own.

Martin and Jeremy Fowler were the key pitchers for Harrison County throughout the tournament.