HILLVIEW - Going into the district tournament, manager Pat Young knew his 12-year-old Blue Lick All-Stars would have to play their best ball of the season to win the championship.
Facing maybe the best squad in the six-team tournament in the first round, Blue Lick fell 10-0 in five innings.
The visiting Germantown squad jumped on top with a run in the opening inning Tuesday night.
A triple was followed by a fielder’s choice groundout for the 1-0 lead. That would be all the Germantown All-Stars would need.
However, Blue Lick threatened in the bottom of the first. Noah Walls was robbed of a lead-off double on an outstanding catch by the centerfielder. Brendan Sullivan had a two-out double but was caught stealing third after Ethan Hornak walked.
The Germantown bats came alive in the second inning as they scored six times to break the game open. After two infield singles led off the inning, it appeared Blue Lick might get out of the jam with a ground out and a fly out. However, consecutive RBI doubles were followed by a walk, a triple and two passed balls.
The only other Blue Lick offensive threat occurred in the fourth as the first two batters walked and Travis Mills singled to load the bases. However, a grounder ended the threat.
On Saturday, Blue Lick was to return to the field in the loser’s bracket against Okolona. However, without having enough players to compete, the team had to forfeit.
The Blue Lick 12-year-old All-Stars included Cameron Bailey, Randel Boggs, Charles Cook, Ethan Hornak, Travis Mills, Michael Mitchell, Trent Skaggs, Brendan Sullivan, Noah Walls, Dustin Weber, Callon Willett and Chandler Youngs. Manager Pat Young was assisted by Jeff Hornak and Charles Young.