By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Despite a strong pitching performance by Michael Chastain, the Washington County 9-10-year-old all-stars fell 5-2 to Campbellsville in the Kentucky Little League District 5 championship game last Tuesday.
The game started off even through the first two innings as each team held the other scoreless.
Washington County struck first with a two-out, two-run rally in the top of the third to go ahead 2-0.
The WC battery of Chastain and catcher Hamilton Young were in the zone as Campbellsville batters had trouble touching Washington County pitching.
Chastain seemed to tire a little in the fourth, but he managed to pitch his way out of trouble, although his pitch count was nearing the limit of 75.
With 73 pitches thrown, Chastain entered his fifth and final inning of work, retiring the first batter for one out. Coach Steve Thompson brought in D.T. Yocum to relieve Chastain and that’s when Campbellsville saw their opportunity and made the most of it.
Campbellsville loaded the bases before Yocum could record an out, as a sac fly got Campbellsville on the board and a two-RBI single put them ahead 3-2. They followed with an RBI double to left field before Thompson replaced Yocum with Jake North, who gave up an RBI single, but managed to get WC out of the inning. Campbellsville rallied for five runs to take a 5-3 lead into the sixth.
In the top of the sixth, Garrett Floyd beat out a lead-off single to get on base, but back-to-back groundouts by Stephen Thompson and Hamilton Young brought pinch hitter Curry Haydon to the plate with WC down to their final out.
Haydon got behind 0-2 before flying out to left center for the final out as Campbellsville came from behind to win the district title. They began state tournament play in Richmond last Saturday.