Blue Lick 13s have wild ride; advance to state

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By Thomas Barr

 JEFFERSONTOWN - If you have to be eliminated from a tournament, you might as make it a memorable night.

For the Blue Lick All-Stars, the 13-year-olds didn’t go down without a battle against Valley Sports.

In the end, however, Valley Sports survived with a 13-8 victory.

The local team won its opener by defeating Okolona but then fell to Fairdale in the second round.

That set up the elimination game on Friday evening in Jeffersontown’s Skyview Park.

In the middle of the fifth inning, Blue Lick was looking at a 6-0 deficit. However, that’s when the team exploded for eight runs.

With one out, Trenton Hill walked and Dylan Napper singled to left. Chase Morrison reached on a bunt single to load the bases.

After a strikeout for two outs, Austin Harding reached on an error. Nick Hayes and Michael Harris both walked.

An infield single by Wyatt Blevins scored another and Kevin McKnight walked. Hill reached on another error and Napper’s infield single drove home two runs.

With the 8-6 lead for Blue Lick, Valley Sports quickly answered.

An error was followed by a groundout and a fielder’s choice to make it 8-7.

Then a single and an RBI double were followed by another single and a walk. Starting pitcher Jordan Kleier cleared the bases with a double to the fence. Two more RBI singles made it 13-8.

The 13-year-old All-Stars included Wyatt Blevins, Dakota Clark, Sonny Foreman, Austin Harding, Michael Harris, Nick Hayes, Trenton Hill, Kevin McKnight, William Meecha, Chase Morrison, Dylan Napper, Tyler Redden, Austin Trammell and Jesse Vincent. Manager Troy Hayes was assisted by Denny Cary, Eddie Blevins.

The team will still advance to the state tournament at Jeffersontown’s Skyview Park with the first game at 8 p.m. on Thursday.