Frankfort’s Cal Ripken League 11-year-old baseball All-Stars hosted the district tournament this weekend at Paul Weddle Field.
Frankfort Red, which had a first-round bye, lost its opener 10-0 Friday night to Scott County and in the losers’ bracket final fell to Shelby County 19-8. Both games were called after four innings on the mercy rule.
The tournament opened Thursday with Scott defeating Shelby 12-2 in a game called on the mercy rule after four innings.
Scott County won the tournament in two games Saturday. Shelby County defeated Scott 7-6 in Saturday’s first game, forcing a second contest in the double-elimination tournament.
Scott shut out Shelby 10-0 in four innings in the second game to win the district championship.
The Frankfort All-Stars grabbed a 5-4 lead against Shelby County in the second inning Friday night, but Shelby came through with nine runs in the third inning and six in the fourth.
It was Shelby that took the early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first with a lead-off home run by Caleb Collins, singles by Tait Cox and Garrett Jeffries, two walks and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Austin Ruble.
Frankfort came right back in the bottom of the first with three runs.
Wan’Dale Robinson led off with a walk, stole second and went to third when Ayden Brown grounded out to the pitcher.
Jessie Thurman reached on an error, and a passed ball allowed Robinson to score and sent Thurman to second base. A walk to Logan Hawkins and a single by Branden Semones loaded the bases.
Nate Johnson drew a walk, bringing home Thurman with Frankfort’s second run, and Hawkins scored on a passed ball to make the score 4-3.
Shelby’s first two batters got on base in the second with a hit batsman and a walk, but two fly balls to center field gave Shelby two outs.
Brown, playing centerfield for Frankfort, threw out Marcus Collins at third base for the third out when Collins tried to advance on the second fly ball.
Frankfort took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the second with a single by Cole Hampton and a two-run home run by Brown.
Shelby came up with nine runs in the top of the third with two singles by Blake Gribbins, singles by Jeffries and Shamel Mooney, a double by Drew Goodlett, three walks, three errors and a hit batsman.
That gave Shelby a 13-5 lead, and the visitors made it 19-5 after the top half of the fourth with a double by Sean Roberts, triples by Gribbins and Kion Stone, a double by Goodlett and a single by Seth Staples.
Frankfort got three runs back in the bottom of the fourth.
With one out Brown reached on an error, followed by a single by Thurman. A fly ball accounted for the second out, but Semones reached on an error to score Brown, and Thurman and Semones advanced to third and second, respectively.
Jacob Smith came through with a base hit to drive in Semones and Thurman, making the score 19-8, and John Caldwell was hit by a pitch to keep the inning going.
A strikeout ended the game.
Hawkins was Frankfort’s starting pitcher and pitched into the third inning when he was relieved by Brown.
Matthew Ellis started on the mound for Shelby and went one inning before being relieved by Caleb Collins. Grant Early came on with two outs in the fourth to finish the game.
Those with hits for Frankfort were Brown with a home run, and Semones, Hampton, Johnson, Thurman and Smith each with a single.
Frankfort had two hits against Scott County – singles by Brown and Thurman. Alex Campbell and Kennley Ballinger pitched.
Cade McKee pitched a complete game for Scott County. He also led Scott’s hitters with a double and two singles.
Kyle Harbison singled three times, Aram Kumar hit two singles, and Jack Brinkley, Luke Muth, Trevor Caudill, Kevin Vanvalkenburg and Preston Rankin each had a base hit.