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11-12s headed to state

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By Richard RoBards

It's probably a good thing that Campbellsville's 11-12-year-old All Star coach Tony Frogge is married to a physician, because his team has been trying to send him into cardiac arrest for the past two games.

Campbellsville pulled its second straight come-from-behind win, a 9-5 affair over Washington County Tuesday night at Miller Park, to claim the 5th District title. The team starts play in the state tournament this weekend in Richmond.

Campbellsville had a hard time getting over the hump against a pesky team from Springfield. The host squad trailed 1-0 and 5-3 before a monster fourth inning saw them take control. Washington's Wade Moore was having his way with Campbellsville early, allowing only five hits through the first three innings.

Julian Pierce pitched his way out of a third inning bases-loaded jam or it could have been worse. But after Adam Smith cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fourth, Washington held a 5-3 lead. After that, it was all Campbellsville.

The hosts erupted for five runs in the bottom half of the fourth thanks to four hits and a variety of passed balls and throwing errors by Washington. Derek Keeton singled and Tyler Bragg walked to set up a run-scoring single by Noah Scott. Then Pierce hit safely, knocking in a run. Tyler Frogge singled and another run scored on a run-down play that went amuck.

Scott set the visitors down with four batters in the fifth and then Caleb Gupton did the same with a solid sixth inning.

It was Gupton's double in the third that put Campbellsville up 3-2, but that lead was short lived.

The victory ended a four-year drought in District 5 play for the 11-12-year-olds. Their last title was in 2005.