Bryson Arnette was named most valuable player in the opening game of the Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional tournament in Somerset.
Thursday’s opener ended with the LaRue County 10-year-old All-Stars defeating Bay Port from Green Bay, Wisconsin 7-5.
Bay Port managed to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Arnette, LaRue’s pitcher, induced a ground out to himself to help his team hold on for the win.
He struck out eight in four innings, allowed four hits and one earned run after taking over for Evan Morris, who struck out four in four innings.
Bay Port took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, but LaRue County tied it as Bryce Neagle singled to drive in Derek Heath.
In the eighth, Heath singled to plate Daniel Snodgrass. Neagle was hit by a pitch to drive in Arnette and Alec Perez singled to drive in Brooks Brackett and Heath for a 7-3 lead.
LaRue wraps up pool play with two games Friday – against Southern Indiana champion Scott County at 10:30 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky runner-up South Lexington at 2 p.m.