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BOWLING GREEN – After winning the district title with an upset of Shelbyville last week, the American Legion Post 39 Aces went 1-2 in the state baseball tourney over the weekend.
The Aces opened the tourney with an impressive 22-5 win over the Metcalfe County Mustangs in seven innings.
Third baseman Brad Reinbold led the offense with a home run and a double and drove in five runs.
The Aces scored four runs in the bottom of the first and followed that with four more in the third and four more in the fourth to build a 12-1 lead.
They increased the lead to 15-1 in the fifth, then exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning thanks mainly to a grand slam from Reinbold.
Doug Pulliam drove in five runs with a triple and pair of sacrifice flyballs. Jacob Wiese had two doubles and drove in two runs.
Andy Wood was the winning pitcher, scattering six hits over five innings and allowing just one run.
The Aces dropped their second game to Owensboro when the winners scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth for the come-from-behind win.
The Aces went up 3-0 in the third when Reinbold singled to center and scored on Wood’s double. Mike Davis followed that with a single and Jason Sterrett scored Wood with a single. Davis scored on a wild pitch to close the inning.
Owensboro came back in their half to cut the lead to 3-2 led by a solo home run from Ben Goetz off Sterrett.
The Aces came back with three runs in the fourth when Wiese led off with a double. Clayton Jones walked and Wiese scored on Pulliam’s single. Reinbold continued to swing the hot bat with a two-run double that put the Aces up 6-2.
Owensboro came back to score two runs in the fourth, then broke it open with the four-run fifth inning.
Bowling Green eliminated the Aces from the tourney with an 5-3 win Saturday.
Bowling Green took a 5-2 lead into the top of the ninth where the Aces scored a run but failed in a comeback attempt.
Pulliam led off the ninth with a double before Alex Sharrard struck out. Wood drove in Pulliam with a single. Davis popped out to second for the second out before Sterrett singled. The game ended when Wood was tagged out at third base on Preston Theiss’ groundball.
The Aces scored in the seventh on three straight singles from Pulliam, Sharrard and Wood.
They scored in the second inning when Theiss led off with a single and stole second. Pulliam doubled to left to score Theiss. It was Pulliam’s second double and second RBI of the game. Wood also drove in two runs.
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