Landmark News Service
Jaxon Boley told his dad and coach, Scott, that his arm was getting tired.
And rightfully so, after the 9-year-old right-hander Boley saw action on the mound three straight days for the LaRue County All-Stars.
It didn’t matter Saturday night.
Boley struck out nine in four innings to lead host LaRue County past the Elizabethtown Area Baseball Commission All-Stars, 8-5 in the finals of the District 10 tournament at Alvis Shelton Field.
“He did a great job,” Scott Boley said. “His arm was kind of hurting him, but he was OK to come back. He’s thrown a lot of pitches in the last couple of days.”
Boley threw the first two innings, and recorded four strikeouts as LaRue County built a 7-0 lead. He was replaced by Robert Absher, who pitched 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Ty Morris.
Morris ran into trouble in the top of the fourth as Elizabethtown cut the lead to 7-5 and had the bases loaded, but Boley reentered and struck out the last batter to end the inning.
“He had a big night for us,” Scott Boley said of Jaxon, who allowed three base runners.
With the win, LaRue County forced Game 2, which will be played at 2:30 p.m. today in Hodgenvile. Both teams advance to next week’s West Kentucky State Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Elizabethtown.
Fresh off a 9-2 victory over Meade County earlier Saturday, LaRue County kept its offense flowing against Elizabethtown.
LaRue County sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first. With one out, Dalton Skaggs lined a double to the outfield and Dane Milby followed with a single.
Following a walk to Boley, Chase Puyear smacked a double to the left-center field gap to plate the trio. Eli Gibson drove in Puyear on a fielder’s choice two batters later, and Gibson scored when Ty Morris was hit with a pitch.
LaRue County wasn’t finished. Milby singled and scored when Brandon Cecil singled with two outs. Cecil, who never stopped running, scored on consecutive throwing errors by Elizabethtown for a 7-0 lead.
“The strength of this team has always been hitting,” Scott Boley said. “If we don’t hit, we can be in trouble against just about anybody. But our hitting was solid tonight.”
Elizabethtown got on the board in the top of the fourth. With one out, Ben Godfrey drove in Edward Alexander and Ben Pyles with a double. Paul Fiepke followed with a double to plate Godfrey to slice the lead to 7-3.
Elizabethtown loaded the bases on three consecutive walks, and Fiepke and Kass Disney each scored on walks.
But that was as close as Elizabethtown would get. Boley scored LaRue County’s final run in the bottom of the inning when Caleb Heady walked.
LARUE COUNTY 9, MEADE COUNTY 2. Boley doubled, drove in three runs and scored a run, while Puyear singled twice, drove in two runs and scored a run as LaRue County cruised past Meade County.
Milby singled, drove in a run and scored twice and Morris singled, doubled and scored twice.
MEADE COUNTY 13, LARUE COUNTY 11. Bradley Stull doubled and scored two runs as Meade County won the championship.
Noah Davis doubled and scored two runs for LaRue County, while Isaiah Thurman scored a run.
Both teams advance to next week’s West Kentucky State Tournament in Fulton. The tournament begins Friday.
“It feels great. We have been together but a couple of weeks, but they came together and bonded this week,” LaRue County coach Clarence Baker said. “All the kids are excited. We’re just ready to go down there and continue to play good ball.”
LARUE COUNTY 11, BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY 5. Jacob Gentry singled twice and scored a run as LaRue County staved off elimination earlier Saturday. Davis singled and scored a run, while Thurman singled twice and scored three runs.
Blake Shelton added a single and two runs.
LARUE COUNTY 13, ELIZABETHTOWN 2. On Friday, Gavin Nall doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice as LaRue County blasted Elizabethtown.
Davis had three singles and four RBIs, while Gentry had two singles and three RBIs.
Jacob Hobbs doubled twice for Elizabethtown, while Noah Freyberger singled and scored a run.