HUNTINGTON - Barboursville is heading to the West Virginia Little League State Tournament after winning the District 1 9-11 Little League Baseball Championship, defeating Huntington 8-2 on Wednesday evening at Huntington Little League at the Arch.
Barboursville started the game off strong and never showed signs of slowing down.
In the top of the first inning, Barboursville's lead-off hitter Jacob Savage hit a deep double and later came to score after another deep hit by Ethan Copley that brought in two runs.
Huntington came to bat during the bottom of the inning and got a run back with Bradley Johnson having a shot to the outfield himself and bringing in Jaime Legg to score.
After that, the hitting got slow for both teams until the top of the fifth when Barboursville came out and added another run by Savage.
The bottom of the fifth is when the game reached its peak. With Huntington down 4-1 and runners on first and second with two outs, Legg came in to bat and was struck out by Barboursville pitcher Samuel Phillips.
It was one of the biggest strikeouts in the game for Phillips, who would go on to have 14 for the game while only giving up two hits.
The top of the sixth inning is when the floodgates opened for Barboursville and the bats started to pop. Barboursville added four runs that inning, and two of those came off a home run to left center by Savage.
Huntington came in at the bottom of the sixth down 8-1 with the middle of their lineup due up. Stuart Amsbury started the inning with an infield single and came in to score off a triple by Bryce Winkfield.
That would be all for Huntington as the next two batters would strike out to end the game with a runner stranded on third.
Barboursville will head to Shinnston, West Virginia, on July 13 to play in the West Virginia Little League 9-11 State Tournament, where the team and head coach Matt Rowe hope to bring back a state championship.
BARBOURSVILLE 2 0 1 0 1 4 - 8
HUNTINGTON 1 0 0 0 0 1- 2
HR- Barboursville (Savage)