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Campbellsville survived a scare on Saturday and a slow start on Monday to post a pair of victories in the District 5 Little League 11-12-year-old Tournament at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.
Marion County led Campbellsville 4-1 before the local contingent pulled within 4-3 heading into the final inning.
With two outs and no one on base, Campbellsville used a pair of Marion County miscues and a hit batsman to set up the game-winning two-run single by Jackson Herron.
Brennon Wheeler went the distance to earn the mound win while striking out nine with no walks while scattering four hits.
Hunter Maupin singled and homered for Campbellsville while Dawson Cole also had two hits, Noah Hughes doubled and Wheeler and Jackson Antle had RBI singles.
Glasgow used a mammoth Connor Taylor three-run homer and a double steal to lead Campbellsville 4-0 in the second round on Monday night, after Sunday’s game was washed out.
It took a trip to the mound by head coach Garin Hash.
“I had to light them up,” remarked Hash on Tuesday. “I asked (them) what they where waiting for to start playing?
“(I told them) they can’t just expect to show up and win. Everyone is gunning for them. We’re everyone’s super bowl. So, you better step up and start playing.”
The defending 11-year-old state champions took Hash’s thrashing to heart and cut the lead in half in the top of the third on consecutive one-out singles by John Orberson, Nicholas Knifley and Dawson Cole.
Then the game completely turned around in the fourth.
Zach Lyons struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch and Blake Allen got on a misplayed ball in right field.
Pinch-hitter Jackson Antle crushed a three-run homer to straightaway center field to put Campbellsville on top for good at 5-4.
The locals added four more runs in the inning to lead 9-4 as Orberson and Cole walked and were doubled home by Noah Hughes.
Hunter Maupin started another rally with a single to right center and after Arren Hash reached, Maupin and Lyons had run-scoring hits.
Campbellsville added insurance runs in the fifth on back-to-back solo homers from Cole and Hughes and tallied another seven-spot in the top of the sixth.
Antle, Orberson and Hughes collected singles, around Cole’s double and Maupin ended the scoring with a three-run long ball.
Cole, who reached base on all five of his plate appearances, survived the shaky start and pitched 4 2/3 innings for the victory with Hughes recording the final outs flawlessly.
Campbellsville defeated Washington County in the winners’ bracket finals on Wednesday will play the Washington County-Marion County survivor for the championship on Friday (10 a.m.)