Frankfort's 16-year-old team takes East State

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Frankfort 16-year-old baseball team, nicknamed the Astros, won the East Kentucky Babe Ruth championship over the weekend in Louisville, winning four straight games to fight its way out of the loser's bracket.

The team now moves on to the regional tournament in Dodgeville, Wis. Frankfort plays its first game on Friday in the double-elimination tournament.

Other teams in the tournament will come from Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

In the East State tournament, Frankfort lost its first game 5-1 to Louisville Beechmont. Beechmont comprised all-stars from four high school teams - Butler, Male, DeSales and Doss.

Although Joe Hyatt and Seth Armstrong pitched well enough to win, Frankfort couldn't muster much offense. The only hits were a triple and double by Mark Gardner and a single by Will Current.

In the second round, Matt Kennedy pitched as Frankfort beat Radcliff 11-5.

Hitters were Current with a single and double, Armstrong with a single and ground-rule double, and Gardner and Kennedy with two singles each. Jake Arnold added a triple, Hyatt a double, and J.W. Brown and Dustin Brown both hit singles.

Frankfort then defeated the host team, Louisville Okolona, 14-4.

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