BARBOURSVILLE - Rain Tuesday couldn't keep the baseball away.

The inclement weather did move the West Virginia District 1 Little League baseball championship from Huntington Little League at the Arch to Barboursville Park.

There, Barboursville defeated Huntington 12-7 to claim the district championship and a spot in the state championship July 19 in South Charleston.

Huntington and Barboursville teams met for the finals in all three divisions of the District 1 baseball finals with Barboursville winning all three games.

Riley Bowles got Barboursville on the scoreboard early with a single in the top of the first that scored Bryson Shirkey for a 1-0 lead. Bowles scored on a two-base error on the same play that put Barboursville up 2-0.

Seven batters came to the plate before Huntington got out of the first inning.

That lead proved to be short-lived.

Huntington's Tayveon Wilson hit a three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the first to give the designated home team a 3-2 lead.

Then Barboursville came up in the third.

Caden Vititoe and Cole Ferguson each homered for the Pirates as part of a seven-run inning that gave the hosts a 9-3 lead before Huntington could get off the field.

"I saw it probably around my waist and I just caught it out front and put it out over the scoreboard," Vititoe said. "I actually bat-flipped."

Wyatt Goad came off the bench for Barboursville and hit a lead-off triple to keep the pressure on Huntington in the fourth. He scored on a sacrifice by Blake Childers one batter later to make it 10-3.

Huntington answered with a run in the fourth then loaded the bases in the fifth when Vititoe was called on to pitch in relief of Cade Johnson who threw 86 pitches in the contest. Vititoe walked the first batter he faced, Cam Burton, that forced in a fifth run for Huntington.

Johnson, however, had set himself up to be the winning pitcher going 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and six runs while striking out six taking advantage of the Barboursville offensive output.

Malachi Faulk hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run to cut Barboursville's lead to 11-6.

A double by Riley Bowles drove in a run that capped the Barboursville scoring in the sixth and leaving the Pirates with a comfortable six-run lead heading into the last three outs of the game.

Huntington didn't go quietly, scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth but couldn't add more.

Bowles' hit was his third of the game, matching Bryson Shirkey for the team lead and he matched Ferguson's three RBI to lead Barboursville.

"We really deserve it. We worked really hard the past couple of weeks," said Bowles, whose team has won the 12-under district championship for the third consecutive year.

Wilson had three hits for Huntington and was the only player to have multiple hits for his team. He also had three RBI.

BARBOURSVILLE 207 111 - 12 19 2

HUNTINGTON 300 121 - 7 8 4

WP - Johnson.

HR - (H) Wilson; (B) Vititoe, Ferguson.


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