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FERN CREEK - The Under-8 Mount Washington Softball All-Stars were sailing right along in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Kentucky State Tournament until the very last inning of the championship game.
Unfortunately, at that point the Fern Creek Orange, playing on its home field, scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to record a 2-1 victory to take home the big trophy.
Still, it was a strong weekend for coach Bruce Pierce’s team as they posted a 4-1 mark, scoring 51 runs in the ten-team field. The young team had already won an earlier tournament in the area in preparation for the Babe Ruth events.
Despite the loss in the final, the team earned a spot in this week’s Ohio Valley Regional Tournament that will be played in Shelbyville, Indiana, just south of Indianapolis starting later this week.
In the opening games of the tournament, Mount Washington picked up a 7-1 victory over East Louisville and then turned back Lake Cumberland 9-5. Those two wins gave Pierce’s team the number two seed in bracket play behind Fern Creek Orange based on runs allowed (four runs to six).
On the weekend, Mount Washington busted out of the gate with a 16-2 victory over Fern Creek White. Then in the semi-finals, after a long delay caused by lightning in the area, the team rallied from a slow start to roll past Jeffersontown 18-3.
That set up the meeting in the final against Fern Creek Orange. Low-scoring games are an oddity in machine-pitch softball, but both teams played a nearly flawless game in the field. There was no scoring until Mount Washington posted a run in the top of the fifth inning.
That score remained until the bottom of the sixth when Fern Creek managed to push across two runs with just one out.
The Mount Washington Under-8 Softball All-Stars are: Alanna Pierce, Avery Lee, Chloe Billings, Selena Granado, Hayley Ranalli, Alyssa Weber, Emma Egan, Jade Meeks, Jenna Meeks, Alexis Hodgkins, Ashlee Lewis, Allee Provost.
The team’s head coach is Bruce Pierce and he is assisted by Joe Pat Lee, Bobby Meeks and Brandon Egan.