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No place like home: North Oldham 11s play for Little League state title

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2015 Kentucky State Little League Tournament at Walsh Park

By Elliott Pratt

The semifinals were in sight for both teams representing North Oldham Little League after big wins on Sunday. Then the 10-11s and the 11-12s got a case of the Mondays.

Still, the North Oldham 11B team found its way into the semifinals against Hazard-Perry County on Tuesday and left with a 11-7 victory to advance to Wednesday’s championship game against Lexington East. Results from that game were not available before the Era’s deadline.

The 12B team was eliminated from semifinal contention in pool play after losses Monday in the Kentucky State Little League Baseball Tournament at Walsh Park.

The North Oldham 10-11s jumped on Nelson County 11-0 in five innings to start the tournament on Saturday. Graham Gibson jump started North Oldham’s strong fourth inning when he hit a three-run home run over the center field to make the lead 6-0. Jake Lindman and Michael Starks had a pair of two-run base hits to make it 10-0 heading into the fifth inning.

The team carried its hot bats into Sunday’s game against Glasgow and left with a 12-7 victory, placing the team in a comfortable spot for a potential semifinal berth.

Bowling Green East took care of North Oldham in four innings with a 13-3 win.

““It felt like going into we felt so good about ourselves,” Bistrow said. “To be 2-0 before the game started and knowing we had to really screw up to not advance and have the worst case scenario happen was a horrible feeling.

“Now we’re one game away from winning the state championship and our kids hit the ball today.”

North Oldham 11-12s found enough fight after a 11-1 loss to Glasgow on Saturday for a statement victory Sunday against Ashland America for an 8-4 win after overcoming a 4-2 deficit.

“It was about finding the confidence and rhythm with this group,” coach Doug Oak said. “They battled Nelson hard and we were just able to find some breaks for ourselves yesterday.

That momentum carried into Monday morning’s game against Paintsville with Deaton Oak dealing on the mound. Holding on to a 1-0 lead heading into the fourth inning, Luke Wade and Shane Norman had back-to-back home runs and Aiden Schaffer brought in a run to make the lead 4-0 going into the bottom of the frame. Paintsville responded with a three-run homer, cutting the lead within one run.

Chad Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to score Luke Simpon.

Paintsville hit a pair of two-run homers from knocked a solo home run nto the trees. North Oldham went 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth for a 10-6 loss, eliminating them from semifinal contention.

“They played together and fought together and tried to use it as an opportunity to improve. The team we played today was a good team. I think we played better every time. It was this group’s first experience in the state tournament and I thought they held themselves and performed very well.”

 

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