MOUNT WASHINGTON - With just nine players available for the Cal Ripken District 10 Tournament that his league was hosting, Mount Washington Under-12 head coach Delbert Askins had little room for error.
The team had 13 players on its roster, but a rash of injuries left the team with just nine players available for the district tournament.
Because of the way the draw unfolded, all four games played in the event involved Mount Washington. In the end, Askins’ team put forth a strong effort, but the team just ran out of arms, falling for a second time to Fern Creek 16-10 in the championship game.
Mount Washington really fell behind the eight ball in the second game of the tournament. At that point, Askins team seemingly had Fern Creek beat in the winner’s bracket final only to lose 11-10 as the eventual tournament champs scored five times in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.
What Mount Washington had no problem doing was beating Highview. The two teams had played earlier this summer with Mount Washington winning 5-1, but it wasn’t close last weekend as Mount Washington won the first game of the tournament 12-0 before returning 24-hours later and crushing the same team 22-6, setting up the rematch with Fern Creek.
In the first win over Highview, the game belonged to pitcher Zach McDonald who allowed just two hits over four innings in the 12-0 win. McDonald also helped himself by blasting a home run in the first inning and later adding a double. Mount Washington also got doubles from Cameron Brooks and Chase Askins as they pounded out nine hits and took advantage of six Highview errors.
In the first meeting against Fern Creek, Mount Washington seemingly had the upper hand when they scored four times in the top of the fifth to move ahead 10-5. Fern Creek rallied with a run in the bottom of the fifth and after holding Mount Washington scoreless, scored five times to secure the win and grasp the shorter road to the championship.
The following afternoon Mount Washington had no trouble bouncing back to beat Highview again. This time the game went just three innings as the red and white scored ten runs in both the second- and third-innings to win 22-6.
The win on the mound went to Brooks as he allowed only six hits.
Mount Washington exploded for 19 hits including six doubles. PJ Frazier had two of those doubles while Zak Kessler, Alec McGuire, Zach Jones and Dalton Smith had a double each.
Again, Mount Washington had to come right back and play Fern Creek again, this time in the championship game. Mount Washington had an 8-5 lead before Fern Creek scored nine times in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game and then cruise to the 16-10 victory.
Mount Washington had more hits in the game 14 to 8, but also had three errors to just two for Fern Creek. Five of the hits for Mount Washington were doubles including two by Smith. McDonald, Brooks and Connor Crum also added doubles.
The roster for the Mount Washington U-12 All-Stars (including injured players) was made up of: Chase Askins, Cameron Brooks, Connor Crum, Justin Defler, PJ. Frazier, Kameron Hinkley, Zach Jones, Zak Kessler, Zach McDonald, Alec McGuire, Alex Schabel, Dalton Smith and Alex Thompson.
Delbert Askins was the team’s manager and he was assisted by Larry McDonald and Mike Jones.