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FERN CREEK - Heading into last week’s Under-10 Cal Ripken District 2 Tournament hosted by Fern Creek, Mount Washington head coach Norm Terry had a few questions about his team.
By Saturday night, all of those questions had been answered in a very positive way.
Mount Washington won the four-team tournament going away, beating Fern Creek 17-5 in the championship game. That win qualified the team for this week’s East Kentucky State Tournament in Lexington.
When the team got together for the first time this summer, they went to Bardstown to play in the Father’s Day Bash. The group limped home with a 1-3 record.
A lot of practice over the following three weeks paid a lot of dividends as Mount Washington pounded the ball. It was close in the first game as Mount Washington slipped past Fern Creek 8-7. In the winner’s bracket final, Terry’s team rolled past Highview 17-11. The team actually trailed 4-3 after two innings in Saturday’s championship game against Fern Creek but scored six runs in the third inning and eight more in the fourth to put the game out of reach and end it after just four frames.
“It was just a great team effort in hitting and base running,” Terry said after the awards were handed out and the pictures taken.
Six of the Mount Washington team members played for Terry on a summer traveling team, the Red Flash. That team played in a league at Fern Creek while the players were also part of the league in Mount Washington.
“We knew we had a strong nucleus,” Terry said. “We just got off to a rough start. Maybe we should say that we were pleasantly surprised. We beat a pretty good Fern Creek squad twice.”
As 10-year olds, this is just the second year that they have been hitting live pitching and the second year for real pitching. Mount Washington doesn’t rely on one or two pitchers. Terry says that at any time Kameron Hinkley, Matt Parsons, Dalton Smith, Derrick Kromenacker or Zach McDonald could be on the mound. Two pitchers worked in the four-inning championship game.
At the plate, first baseman Phillip Roth did not make an out in the three tournament games, finishing with 12 hits.
“Everybody hit the ball,” Terry said. “We have hitting and good speed on the bases.”
This is the second year in a row that a Mount Washington team has won the District 2 title at the 10-year old age group.
Mount Washington will now advance to the East Kentucky State Tournament to be played in Lexington starting on Wednesday.
Members of the Under-10 Mount Washington All-Stars include Kameron Hinkley, Phillip Roth, Austin Terry, Derrick Kromenacker, Dalton Smith, Matthew Bryant, Kaleb Perdew, Zach Jones, Zach McDonald, Matthew Parsons, Garrett Scott and Alec McGuire.
Norm Terry is the head coach of the Under-10 All-Stars and he is assisted by Kenny Hinkley, Kelly Scott, Mike Jones and Phillip Smith.