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July 15, 2013

Somerset-Pulaski claims state title

Lexington — The Somerset-Pulaski County 13 YO All-Stars are the kings of the Bluegrass State.

After going 4-1 in this past weekend’s East Kentucky 13 YO Babe Ruth State Tournament at Lexington’s Shillito Park, Somerset-Pulaski is the 2013 state champions.

Somerset-Pulaski opened the tournament with three straight victories before losing their only game of it on Sunday. The first victim of the state championship journey was Southeastern, who fell to Somerset-Pulaski by a score of 2-0.

The next victory for Somerset-Pulaski came against Russell County, where the final score was 15-6. Later on, Somerset-Pulaski went on to defeat South Lexington by a score of 6-4.

On Sunday afternoon, it was a battle between South Lexington and Somerset-Pulaski. Game one saw South Lexington beat Somerset-Pulaski, 15-8, which was Somerset-Pulaski’s first and only loss of the tournament.

Following the seven-run loss to South Lexington, Somerset-Pulaski bounced back in a big way, taking South Lexington down by 11 runs at 12-1. With that victory, Somerset-Pulaski earned the state championship.

John David Nelson had himself a big tournament at the plate, finishing fifth overall in the hitting categories. Nelson, who finished with a batting average of .526, had a tournament-high 10 hits, four RBI’s, and three doubles.

Chase Madden and Nelson both tallied a tourney-high eight runs scored. Chance Stayton led all players in the tournament with 6 RBI’s.

Chase Walker’s performance in his outings made him one of the top pitchers in the state tournament. Walker, who pitched a total of 11.2 innings, went 2-1, had an ERA of 3.60, gave up seven hits, and had seven strikeouts.

Members of the championship team are: Chase Walker, Chance Stayton, John David Nelson, Lucas Wesley, Seth Bennett, Chase Madden, Stephen Burrell, Trevor Andrus, Caleb Wonn, Collin Hartmann, Walker Hancock, and Parker Begley.

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