BARBOURSVILLE - With big sister Rielly watching from behind the backstop, Brodee Lucas showed she's not the only standout ball player in the family.
Brodee, a 10-year-old right-hander, pitched a three-hit shutout Tuesday night to lead Barboursville to a 6-0 victory over Huntington in the District 1 9-11 baseball tournament at Barboursville Park. Lucas, whose sister is Cabell Midland High School's all-state first baseman, needed just 60 pitches to dispatch Huntington and set up a deciding Game 5 at the field at Huntington at the Arch at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
"My curveball and fastball," Lucas said after being asked what worked for him. "I mixed them. I was concerned about my slow pitches because they hit pretty good against us before."
Barbroursville needed to win to keep its hopes for a district title alive. Lucas's efficiency - he threw 40 strikes - was backed by timely hitting. Barboursville scored the only run it needed in the first inning on Kanon Dillon's two-out single to left to plate Jacob Savage. Barboursville was opportunistic, taking advantage of a walk, an error and a hit batter to manufacture the run.
In the third inning, Barboursville added a second run without benefit of a hit. Ayden Perry walked, stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice hit into by Ethan Copley, then scored on another fielder's choice hit into by David Beane.
Barboursville broke open the game in the sixth inning with four runs and again took what Huntington gave it. Barboursville used three singles, three wild pitches, one walk, one stolen base, one error and two fielder's choices to score its runs.
"We wanted to win this game very badly," Lucas said. "If we lost, all-stars would be over."
Lucas said Rielly has helped him to become a significantly better hitter, but his pitching has come on late in the season.
"I like pitching better than hitting," said Lucas, who struck out six. "I can throw faster and I'm better at it."
Lucas singled, walked and grounded into a double play. He scored one run. Savage and Perry each walked twice and were hit by pitches.
With the victory, Barboursville avenged a June 23 9-7 loss to Huntington.
BARBOURSVILLE 6 5 0
HUNTINGTON 0 3 2
WP - Lucas.