By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
It was a good start to the Cal Ripken District 5 Tournament for the Lake Cumberland 12-year-old and under All-Stars.
The All-Stars of Lake Cumberland kicked off the district tourney with a 4-2 win over next-door neighbor Rockcastle County on Monday evening at the Ward Correll Sports Complex.
Lake Cumberland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, taking advantage of three errors by the home team on the scoreboard, Rockcastle County. Those mistakes would come back to haunt the team from Mt. Vernon at game's end.
Caleb Ridner and Caleb Bechard each scored on a two-run double from Matthew Pike to put Lake Cumberland out front by a pair of scores at 2-0. Pike would tally Lake Cumberland’s third run of the contest on a single from Pancho Zaragoza, who would eventually score his team’s fourth and final run of the evening on a single from Chaney Ruby.
Rockcastle County plated a run in the second inning and the fourth inning, but it would not be enough, as tournament host Lake Cumberland went on to win by a two-run margin at 4-2.
Pike and Trevor Lipscomb paced Lake Cumberland with two hits apiece in the victory, while Ruby and Zaragoza each finished with a hit. Pike also had a game-high two RBI’s and Ruby had a lone RBI.
On the mound, Jackson Cooper went the distance for Lake Cumberland. Cooper, who pitched six innings, gave up two runs on eight hits and had a pair of strikeouts in the win over Rockcastle County.
LC - 0 4 0 0 0 0 - 4 6 0
RC - 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 2 8 3
W - Cooper (LC)
L - Hasty (ROCK)
2B - Pike (LC); Sharp, Renfro (ROCK)
RBI - Pike 2, Zaragoza, Ruby (LC); McKinney 2 (ROCK)
Bradley Hines and the Casey County All-Stars were untouchable on Monday night against Lake Cumberland, who came into the contest against Casey County fresh off of a 4-2 win over Rockcastle County.
The second game of the night would not be as kind as the first one was to Lake Cumberland, as the All-Stars of Casey County won the nightcap in four innings by a score of 11-1.
Hines simply did it all for Casey County, both at the plate and on the mound. On the hill, Hines, who earned the victory, gave up one run on two hits and had eight strikeouts.
At the dish, Hines went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice, which included a double and a home run, along with five RBI’s. Hill’s three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning would swing the momentum in the direction of Casey County.
The score was tied at 1-1 after two innings, but that would all change in the third and fourth innings. In those two frames, Casey County plated unanswered 10 runs, allowing them to put the mercy rule into effect in the fourth inning.
Caleb Bechard was saddled with the loss for Lake Cumberland. Bechard, who went 3 1/3 innings, gave up five runs on five hits, but did have seven strikeouts.
Lake Cumberland’s only two hits of the second game of the doubleheader came from Jordan Chapman. In his pair of at-bats, Chapman had two singles.
The All-Stars of Lake Cumberland were back in action last night in district tournament action at the Ward Correll Sports Complex. Look for details of last night’s game, along with other Cal Ripken action, in tomorrow’s edition of the Commonwealth Journal.
LC - 0 1 0 0 - 1 2 3
CC - 1 0 4 6 - 11 9 2
W - Hines (CC)
L - Bechard (LC)
2B - Lee, Hines (CC)
HR - Hines (CC)
RBI - Bechard (LC); Hines 5, Pendleton 2, Lee, Reed, McGowan (CC)