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Campbellsville American Legion Post 82 defeated Danville Post 46 in a best-of-three series to capture their first district championship since 2006 on Thursday night at Campbellsville University.
Danville 11, Campbellsville 6
Danville jumped out to a lead over the home club by scoring three runs in the top of the third inning.
Campbellsville responded by scoring five times in the bottom half of the third on hits from Dustin Kindervater, Zach Ditto, Cody Houk and Gabe Hogan.
Danville managed to score two runs in the sixth while Post 82 scored on a solo homer from Javy Echevarria to knot the score at 6-6.
Danville took the lead for good in the seventh by pushing a run across and then adding five more in the ninth.
Ditto led the Post 82 offense with two hits while Alex Crowder, Troy Squires, Cannon Pender, Kindervater, Houk, Echevarria and Hogan had a hit apiece.
Campbellsville’s Chase Thomas tossed eight innings, surrendering three earned runs in the loss.
Campbellsville 13, Danville 0
Post 82 dominated the second game as their offense exploded for a 13-0 win in seven innings.
Campbellsville scored their first run as Crowder reached on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ditto.
Post 82 added a run in the second when Pender doubled and scored on a single from Hogan. Post 82 burst the game open in the fifth by scoring eight runs on seven hits, including a three-run homer from Kindervater.
Campbellsville managed to score three more in the top half of the seventh to add the exclamation point.
Post 82 had five players who recorded multi-hit games including Crowder, Kindervater, Ditto, Pender and Hogan. Echevarria, Troy Squires and Will Hollingsworth all added one hit apiece.
Echevarria earned the pitching win by tossing all seven innings, only allowing two Danville hits.
Campbellsville 16, Danville 13
In the deciding third game, Danville took an early lead in the top half of second.
However, the lead was short-lived as Campbellsville banged out six runs in the bottom half on hits from Hollingsworth, Crowder, Ditto, Echevarria and Squires.
Both clubs managed to score two runs in the fourth, making the score 8-3.
The Danville offense exploded in the top half of the fifth when Post 46 scored nine runs to take the lead 12-8.
Campbellsville answered with one run in the fifth, two in the sixth to bring the game to 12-11 in favor of Danville.
Post 82 held the Danville offense scoreless in the seventh and come in to score five runs on four hits to take the lead for the final time in the contest.
Justin Hazel logged 5 1/3 innings on the mound for Post 82 while Cannon Pender tossed the final three to pick up the win.
The American Legion State Tournament runs through Friday or Saturday at Campbellsville University. (The if-necessary game in the eight, team, double-elimination tourney is tentatively set for Saturday at 1.
Post 82 won its first game 5-3 over Shelbyville on Tuesday and played Metcalfe yesterday.