East Huntington, First State win
HUNTINGTON -- One match up was a slugfest, the other a pitchers' duel as the semifinals in the Les Ghiz Memorial Tournament played out Thursday night in Huntington.
First State Bank Barboursville defeated the KRT Cardinals out of Ceredo-Kenova, 7-5 in the first game of the evening, and Trainer Wright Paterno East Huntington defeated Woodment of the World Barboursville, 1-0, in the nightcap.
The Cardinals led First State Bank 3-1 going into the bottom of the third inning when Trey Chapman hit a two-run homer over the left field fence at the Little League 3 field to tie the game. On the very next pitch, Peyton Weekly went yard to left-center.
First State kept adding runs, and though the Cardinals would pull within one at 6-5, they couldn't draw even.
Chad Heiner went 3-3 at the plate for First State and also came in to pitch in the top of the sixth when he struck out the side to clinch the victory.
"Tyrus Baumgardner pitched a very good game for (the Cardinals)," First State head coach Dell Adkins said. "He just left a couple out over the plate there and when you leave pitches hanging for guys like Chapman and Weekly, they're going to take advantage of that."
First State won the Les Ghiz Memorial, also referred to as the City Tournament, last year, and Adkins said his team is excited to be back in the final.
"It's a good question because early in the season the kids were really sluggish, and we had almost all of our kids from last year back," he said. "Our kids didn't seem enthusiastic and we got on them about it and asked them if they wanted this or not. They responded and we won our league and now they really want to win this tournament."
In the second game, Woodmen of the World put the velocity of Jayce Gould up against the eye-crossing curve ball of TWP's Charles White.
Neither pitcher blinked for most of the game. Gould found himself in a bases loaded situation with one out in the top of the fourth with one out, when he calmly struck out the next two batters.
TWP finally broke through on Gould in the top of the sixth, when Bryce Carter ripped a double down the third base line to start the inning. A passed ball got him to third base. Michael Huddy then delivered a fielder's choice ground ball that got Carter in for the only run of the game.
White struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, the third time he had fanned all three batters in an inning in the game. He finished with 14 strikeouts, while Gould had 10.
TWP and First State will meet for the title game Friday at 6:05 p.m. at the League Three field in Ritter Park.