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Paducah Post 31 wins state Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament

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Austin Johnson attempted to pick off the Morehead runner with a throw to first baseman Hunter Jaco.DRAFFENVILLE - Mike Miller Park was the site of the American Legion State Baseball Tournament sponsored by William A. Doyle Post 236 who has been sponsoring the Junior and Senior Legion Tri-County Post 236 teams for 13 years.

Host Tri-County kicked the tournament off with the first game on Thursday against Morehead Post 126, taking an early 1-0 lead after their first at bat after two base hits by Blake Johnson and Hunter Jaco. Austin Johnson's hit to left field drove in Blake Johnson and a walk by Cody Clark loaded the bases, but were left stranded with the third out.
Morehead tied the game at 1-1 on a two out base hit from Tyler Cornett that drove in Taylor Evans. The teams stayed locked in the 1-1 tie until the top of the fourth inning when Tri-County put three more runs on the board that began on a walk by Chandler Roberts and a catcher error by Morehead that put Logan Forsythe safe at first. Chase Bright's double drove in Roberts followed by runs from Bright and Forsythe to give Tri-County a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth Morehead scored after a base hit drove in Austin Lewis for a 4-2 Tri-County lead that would hold for the win.
Tri-County had seven hits and one error with Blake Johnson leading the way with a single and double and pitcher Austin Johnson getting the win. Morehead closed out the game on six hits and three errors with Tyler Cornett taking the loss on the mound.
Scores from the rest of Thursday's games were Lexington Post 8 over Metcalf Post 65 12-5, Paducah Post 31 beat Owensboro Post 9 8-1 and Georgetown Post 9 beat Ashland Post 2 9-2.
Tri-County advanced to play Lexington Man O' War Post 8 Friday in the 5:00 game. Tri-County put a run on the board in their first at bat on a two out base hit from Austin Johnson that drove in Hunter Jaco who walked to get on base, leading 1-0 and leaving two stranded on base.
Lexington tied the game 1-1 on a double by Graham Carmack who scored from second on a hit from Cody Kalinowski.
In the second inning, behind the pitching of Cody Clark, Tri-County was faced with bases loaded getting out of the inning leaving three stranded for Lexington.
Tri-County took the lead again in the top of the third scoring one run on a base hit from Hunter Jaco that scored Chase Bright from second who took a walk to get on base leaving two stranded with a 2-1 lead.
The hard-hitting Lexington team loaded up the bases with one out in the bottom of the third scoring two runs on hits from Madison Rose and Kylan Nelson to take a 3-2 lead.Paducah celebrates their championship win over Lexington.
Tri-County tied the game again at 3-3 in the top of the fourth after Chandler Rogers walked to get on base and was drove home by Chase Bright who ripped a grounder past the infield to center field. Tri-County's inning ending on an interference with the runner call with Blake Johnson between first and second and a tag out of Bright off of third. The interference call was reversed after a umpire discussion and the third out stood.
Lexington's bats were as hot as the temperature in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits and one error to take a 10-3 lead. Lexington added two more runs in the sixth inning on three hits and one error for a 12-3 lead and final score of the game.
Tri-County had six hits in the loss, lead by Austin Johnson with two singles and a double by Cody Clark. Clark started on the pitching until the fourth inning and was relieved by Dalton Morton. Morton was relieved by Cole Riley who closed out the game. Lexington had 13 hits in the win behind the pitching of Andrew Fouch.
The rest of Friday's scores were Paducah over Georgetown 12-2 and in the losers bracket, Metcalf beat Morehead 19-1 and Ashland took care of Owensboro 6-5.
Tri-County landed in the losers bracket Saturday to play Georgetown losing that game 5-2, ending their tournament run. Metcalf beat Ashland 9-3 to stay alive and advance to play Georgetown where their tournament ended losing 18-1. Paducah continued their run in the winners bracket with a win over Lexington 6-5 sending Lexington into a must-win game with Georgetown on Sunday to make the championship game.
Lexington took care of Georgetown 11-8 and moved into the championship game against Paducah. The defensive hard fought championship game saw Paducah coming out on top 2-1 over Lexington to win the 2012 Junior American Legion State Tournament.
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Cody Clark started on the mound for Tri-County against Lexington.