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Barboursville girls claim district softball title

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

BARBOURSVILLE After an afternoon of staying quite active on the base paths, Barboursville coach Shane Carter asked his players to make one more run on a warm Saturday.

The girls didn't mind. Barboursville had just defeated Ceredo-Kenova, 25-2, in the West Virginia District 1 Little League Softball age 9-10 all-star championship game at Barboursville Park. They took hold of the championship banner and made that dash around the outer part of the park, smiling all the way.

It feels good to get the title, Barboursville pitcher Gabbi Carter said of the mercy-rule decision.

Barboursville advances to the State Tournament scheduled July 11-17 at the Barboursville Little League Complex at Barboursville Park. The State Tournament has five age divisions -- 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, Juniors and Seniors.

C-K and Wayne will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Barboursville Park for the District 1 runner-up spot and State Tournament berth.

Barboursville's batters started aggressive at the plate and on the bases and stayed that way throughout.

We were a little slow the first game, but hitting was big after that, coach Carter said. Aggressive and listen. If someone gets thrown out, it's on the coach. At this age, we make the other teams make plays. We push the limit.

You like having that kind of (run) support, Gabbi Carter said.

Barboursville defeated C-K in pool play, but coach Carter warned his team not to take anything for granted.

We tried to beat in their heads we hadn t played them before, Carter said. As soon as you go in thinking that (we'd already beaten them), it can come back on you.

Nearly every Barboursville starter had a multiple-hit day. Carter got to work the reserves in early.

Barboursville broke open the game with nine runs in the second. The champs added five in the third and 10 in the fourth.

Carter limited C-K to one hit, a third-inning single by Kylee McCloud. She would eventually come around to score.

The State's our goal now, Gabbi Carter said.

Carter and Audrey Jennings are Barboursville's pitchers. Jennings played shortstop Saturday.

Audrey throws strikes and Gabbi has more speed, Carter said. "They've definitely done the job for us.

After the game, Carter and several teammates headed to Salt Rock where they would see action in a travel league.

BARBOURSVILLE 195 (10) -- 25

CEREDO-KENOVA 001 1 -- 2

W -- G. Carter.