SCIENCE HILL - Thanks to a four-hit shutout pitching performance by Clay County's Brody Hooker, the Pulaski County Little League 11&12 year-old All-Stars fell in defeat in the Area championship game on Friday night. The game ended after five innings with Clay County winning by a score of 10-0.
Although Pulaski County had base runners in every inning, and multiple base runners in the last two innings, the local All-Stars failed to get a run across the plate.
Pulaski County's Levi Beshears hit a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of doubles, but he proved to be the only consistent offense for the local All-Stars. Meanwhile, Clay County scored at least one run in every inning to pick up the Area Little League team title.
Pulaski County's other two hits came from their nine-spot hitter Daniel Duncan and pinch-hitter Ryan Brown.
Beshears led off the bottom of the second inning with his first double of the night, but never advanced as Clay County's Hooker retired the next three batters.
In the bottom of the third, Duncan singled to lead off the inning, but got caught in a double play and Hooker retired the next Pulaski batter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pulaski County staged a two out rally to put runners on first and third base. Beshears hit his second double of the night and advanced to third base off a wild pitch. Cameron Dick drew a walk to put runners on the corners for the Pulaski County All-Stars, but once again Hooker got the final out with no offensive damage.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pulaski County All-Stars fought hard trying to extend the game and avoid the 10-run mercy rule with a two-out rally. Pulaski County pinch-hitter Ryan Brown singled and Talon Lowery drew a walk to put runners on first and second. However, Hooker secured his shutout win with two strikeouts in the final inning of the game.
STEVE CORNELIUS is the CJ Sports Editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.