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Clay County 10s going to World Series

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Clay County 10s 3rd baseman Craig Peters attempts a bunt in a game in state championship play. Peters is a member of the state championship 10s squad.

The Clay County 10s All-Star baseball team earned the state championship last weekend with a three-game series victory over Tell City at Shelbyville.

The 10s earned their win with a 4-1 victory in the third game after splitting the first two contests.

In the title game, the 10s got off to a promising start as Jordan Girton doubled to leadoff the top of the first inning and scored when Zach Hull hit a two-run homerun to put Clay County on top.

Tell City would respond with a run in their half of the first frame but TJ Decker shut them down the remainder of the way with a six inning effort on the mound.

Decker struckout seven Tell City batters while allowing just one run and four hits to pick up the complete game victory.

Bryant Pestoff and Dylan Fletcher also had singles for Clay County in the deciding contest.

Decker also was the winning pitcher for Clay County in the first game of the series as the 10s hammered Tell City 11-1 for quick 1-0 series lead on Saturday.

Clay County scored all 11 of their runs in the final two innings to get the five inning 10-run rule victory.

For the 10s, Girton had a pair of singles along with Hull and both Pestoff and Fletcher had doubles in the five-run fourth inning. Decker also singled and Coleman Craig had a hit as well along with Cole Watts and Cam Guy.

Decker went all five innings allowing just one run and four hits while striking out four.

Tell City rebounded in the second game to pick up a 10-0 win and stave off elimination leading to the third game.

The Clay County 10s advance to the Cal Ripken World Series that begins on August 6.

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