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Noah Hughes’ game-ending grand-slam home run put an exclamation point on Campbellsville’s 12-year-old 12-0 District 5 Tournament championship on Friday morning at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.
The two squads had met in the tourney’s first round six days earlier with Campbellsville escaping with a 5-4 victory with two runs in its last at-bat.
However, Friday was a complete different story. The local contingent struck early with a two spot in the bottom of the first frame.
Nicholas Knifley singled and Dawson Cole was hit by a pitch and starting pitcher was hit by a pitch to load the bags.
First-sacker Hunter Maupin’s two-run single down the third-base line gave Campbellsville the only two runs it would need.
Campbellsville used five-run innings in the second and fifth to collect the run-rule title victory.
In the second, Blake Allen’s RBI-triple came between free passes to Arren Hash and John Orberson and before singles by Dawson Cole and Hughes and a two-run double by Wheeler.
Wheeler, who also got the mound triumph in Campbellsville’s first win over Marion County, scattered four singles (all in the first three innings) and struck out seven.
In the game-ending fifth, Hash reached on an infield single and Orberson was hit by a pitch before a run-scoring double by Knifley. Cole reached on a fielder’s choice to jam the bases before Hughes hit the no-doubt grand-slammer.
Hughes and Knifley had three-hit performances in the July 4 showcase.
Coach Garin Hash’s squad advances to the Little League State Tournament on Saturday, July 19 in Bowling Green.
Campbellsville will be in the same pool as the District 2 (Louisville), 3 (Richmond) and 4 (London) champions.
The other pool will have the District 1 (Bowling Green) winner and runner-up and District 6 (Ashland) and 7 (Prestonsburg) victors.
Nicholas Knifley pitched Campbellsville past Washington County 7-0 in the winners’ bracket finals on Wednesday by striking out 11 and allowing only one hit to the lead-off batter.
The locals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when John Orberson singled, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on Dawson Cole’s single.
Cole made it 2-0 with his two-out, solo home run in the second and Campbellsville added two runs in the fourth on Jackson Antle’s two-run single and three more in the fifth.
Tre Goodin led the Campbellsville Stars with three hits (two singles and a double) while Cole and Antle had two hits apiece. Jackson Herron also collected a single.