The Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken 10-year-old All-Stars won six straight games this past weekend to win the Patriot Pride Invitational and cap off a great season.

In the first game of pool play on Saturday, LC defeated the Pulaski County All-Stars by a score of 17-2.

John Wilson pitched the first two innings and picked up the win for LC on the mound. Wilson was also a big hitter at the plate as he had a two-run homer to help his cause.

Riley Hall and Chris Henderlight had a double and a single each. Jacob Burchett, Clayton Phelps and Ross Perry each had a double and Lucas Turpin and Jacob Pelston added a single each.

Next, LC defeated Garrard County in a lopsided 27-2 affair.

Lucas Turpin was the winning pitcher for LC and also was the big hitter at the plate as he hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple, and grand slam home run in the fourth inning to tally six RBI’s in all.

Clayton Phelps also had a two-run homer for LC. Jacob Burchett went 4-for-4 with a two singles, a double, a triple and 3 RBI’s.

Chris Henderlight had two singles a double and four RBI’s. Trevor Howard had two singles, a double and two RBI’s. John Wilson had a single, a double and two RBI’s. Ross Perry had a single, double and an RBI, and Riley Hall, Jacob Pelston, and Cody Carrender each added a double.

In the last game of pool play, LC knocked off the Scott County Slammers 20-0 to claim the first place seed in their pool.

Ross Perry was the winning pitcher for LC. At the plate, Lucas Turpin had his second home run of the day, a two-run shot, a double and four RBI’s. Jacob Burchett had an inside-the-park home run and a double. Ross Perry had a double, a single and 3 RBI’s. Jacob Pelston had two singles and 3 RBI’s, and Trevor Howard had two singles.

Riley Hall and Clayton Phelps each had a triple and Cody Carrender added a single.

With this win, LC advanced to the 8-team single elimination playoffs, which began Sunday at noon.

In the quarterfinal game, LC took up right where they left off and defeated Montgomery County 13-0.

Riley Hall picked up the win on the mound for LC. Lucas Turpin went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Jacob Burchett had two singles and 3 RBI’s, Ross Perry had two triples and an RBI, John Wilson had a double, a single and an RBI, Jacob Pelston had a triple and 2 RBI’s, and Cody Carrender and Trevor Howard each had a single and an RBI.

This advanced LC to the semi-final game against South Lexington Blue.

This turned out to be the tightest game so far for LC but they still hung on to win by a score of 16-9.

LC seemingly had this one put away after three innings when they went on a 11-run rampage to finish the inning ahead by a score of 12-2.

However, thanks to four errors and four hits in the top of the fourth inning, Lexington scored seven runs of their own to pull within three. However, that was as close as they would get as LC scored four more runs of their own in the fourth and Lexington never scored again.

Ross Perry was the winning pitcher for LC and Cody Carrender got the save. Clayton Phelps had three hits for LC including his second home run of the tournament, a double and four RBI’s, Ross Perry had a double, a single and two RBI’s, Lucas Turpin had two singles and two RBI’s, Riley Hall, Jacob Burchett, and Cody Carrender each had two singles and an RBI, John Wilson and Jacob Pelston each had a double and Trevor Howard added a single.

This win set up the championship game with the only two remaining unbeaten teams in the tournament, LC and South Lexington Red.

South Lexington had good pitching which held LC to only seven runs, their lowest of the tournament, but LC pitching was even better. Lucas Turpin pitched a nearly complete game shutout for LC allowing only two hits and one walk.

With two outs in the last inning, after allowing a hit, a walk and an LC error, Turpin was relieved by Ross Perry who came in and threw one pitch to get a groundout to first base to end the game.

In the end, LC claimed the championship by a score of 7-0. For LC, Perry had two singles, Trevor Howard had a double, Lucas Turpin, Clayton Phelps, and Chris Henderlight each had a single and an RBI, and Jacob Burchett, Riley Hall, John Wilson and Jacob Pelston each added a single.

With this win and another tournament championship, LC wrapped up their 2007 season.

In all, they finished with a 20-4 record. They were the champions of the Bowling Park Invitational in Edmonton, Ky., the Patriot Pride Invitational in Stanford, Ky., the 2007 Cal Ripken District 5 Champions, and finished third in the 2007 Cal Ripken East Kentucky State Tournament in Lexington, Ky.

In 24 games, LC outscored their opponents in total by a score of 300 to 80 and hit 12 home runs.

LC will continue to work over the winter to return for an even more successful 2008 11-year-old season.

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