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MW U-11 baseball rallies on Sunday for top finish

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District 10 & 11 Champions

By Mike Farner

 SAINT MATTHEWS - On Saturday, the Under-11 Mount Washington All-Stars had secured a spot in this week’s East Kentucky State Tournament in Elizabethtown.

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But on Sunday, the team wanted more. Needing to defeat St. Matthews twice in back-to-back games for the combined District 10 & 11 title, coach Eric Miller’s team was up to the task. Scoring six runs in the first inning, Mount Washington rolled to an 11-2 and 9-7 sweep for the crown.

This group of players won the District 10 title last season as a U-10 squad and finished as the state runner-up to Fern Creek, a team they had beaten in the district final.

This year, Fern Creek does not even have a team, leaving Mount Washington as the only U-11 team in District 10. Because of that, District 10 and 11 were combined, meaning that the top two teams would advance to this week’s East Kentucky State Tournament. Mount Washington wrapped that berth up with a 7-5 win over Jeffersontown in the loser’s bracket final on Saturday. Mount Washington was forced into that game after a 5-4 loss to St. Matthews earlier in the day on Saturday.

That meant that Miller’s team had its work cut out for itself on Sunday and the Mount Washington squad was up to the task. That was obvious right off the bat as the team jumped on top 7-0 after two innings and rolled to the 11-2 victory as pitcher Conner Green allowed just three hits.

It was a tougher outing in the second game as both teams battled steamy conditions. Mount Washington had just four hits in the championship game, but took advantage of six St. Matthews’ errors for the 9-7 victory. Mount Washington trailed 6-5 after four innings but scored three times in the top of the fifth to secure the victory.

The winning pitcher in the final was Caden Dowell as the Mount Washington defense made just one error.

Both Mount Washington and St. Matthews will advance to this week’s East Kentucky State Tournament in Elizabethtown.

Members of the U-11 Mount Washington All-Stars are: Clayton Miller, Sean Johnson, Logan McKenna, Michael Lobred, Caden Dowell, Jackson Gasser, Conner Green, Kyle Friedman, Matt Wheeler, Alex Lucas, Jared Riorden and Davis Kromenecker.

Eric Miller is the manager for Mount Washington and his assistant coaches are Scott Johnson and Chris Wheeler.