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Barboursville All-Stars headed back to state

Jul. 08, 2013 @ 07:18 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Barboursville found itself in a unique position Sunday evening against League 3 in the West Virginia District 1 Little League Baseball (age 11-12) all-star title match at Vinson.

The Pirates were trailing.

Having never been exposed to many tense situations, manager Dell Adkins would find out his team responds rather well.

Barboursville won the contest, 10-2, for a second straight District 1 championship and trip to the State Tournament in South Charleston.

"It's the first adversity we faced all year," Adkins said. "We're usually up by three or four runs."

League 3's Bryson Parker hit a two-run home run off ace pitcher Brody Aliff in the bottom of the second inning, to put his team up 2-1.

"I was really proud of our kids -- the whole infield, not our coaches, all kind of circled around Brody after he gave up that hit," Adkins said. "They all came in and told him 'Hey, no problem, we've got your back.'"

Barboursville got five runs on three hits and an error in the top of the third to claim a four-run lead.

Peyton Weekly and Hogan Carter hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of the fourth, and the Pirates would grab two more in the top of the sixth to set the final score.

Last year Barboursville made it to the state finals, where they suffered defeat by one run in the final game.

Four players from that squad are back this year, and Adkins said the whole team is hungry for a state title.

League 3 will play Ceredo-Kenova in the district runner-up game Monday at 6 p.m. at Vinson for a State Tournament berth.

The title game was supposed to be played Saturday, but was washed out by rain. A 2 p.m. start time was pushed back to 4 p.m. Sunday, when another deluge hit, pushing the game back to 6 p.m.

The rain also postponed the 11-12 year-old softball tournament.

Adkins gave high praise to the ground crew at Vinson, which had been working since 7 a.m. to get the field in playing shape by 4, then went right back to work once the afternoon rain cleared to get the game on.

BARBOURSVILLE 105 202 -- 10 12 1

LEAGUE 3 020 000 -- 2 4 3

Aliff (5 2/3), Carter and Tilley; Mercer (4 2/3), Straub, Sheffield and Legg, Bailey.

Hitting: (B) Carter, 3-3, HR, 2 RBIs, Weekly, 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, Adkins, 2B, Gould, 2B; (L3) Parker, HR, 2 RBIs, Mercer, 2B.