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Clay County 13's top Valle Field to reach title game

Friday, July 22, 2011

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Clay County's Seth Barrett slides home safely with a run as his team defeated Valle Field in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old state tourney. [Order this photo]
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

It's not always about how a team starts a game, but more often how it finishes and for the Clay County 13-year-old team, a strong finish led to an 11-5 victory over Valle Field and a berth in today's championship game.

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Hunter Wolfe snags a bloop flyball in Friday's game against Valle Field. [Order this photo]
Starting pitcher Logan Ames got off to a rough start, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning, but settled in to allow just one run the remainder of the way while keeping Valle Field mostly off balance. Ames struck out 10 over his seven innings of work and allowed just four hits the last six innings of the victory.

Clay County did plenty of damage at the plate during the game, scoring in each of the first three innings to take control of the contest.

Tanner Knust led off the game with a single to centerfield and after Nick Rush struck out the next two batters, Clay County got some two-out magic from Ben Girton and Hunter Wolfe, who each hit run scoring doubles. Brayden White followed with an RBI base hit as Clay County led 3-0.

Valle Field didn't let Ames settle in too comfortably in the bottom of the inning as a lead off pop up in the infield by Travis Adams was dropped by Ames. Brett Herndon followed with a ringing RBI double and TJ Collett brought him home with another two-base hit. Ames walked Cody Malloon, RJ Easton singled to load the bases and Brayton Hoopingarner brought a run home after being hit-by-pitch. A run scoring single followed before Ames could record the final out, trailing now 4-3.

Clay County fired right back in the second inning on a single by Tucker Stewart, Seth Barrett was hit-by-pitch and Hunter Wolfe walked to load the bases to set the plate for White, who smacked a two-run single to put his team back on top.

Clay County stayed right there thanks to Ames, who settled down and started throwing strikes against Valle Field, virtually shutting the offense down for most of the game.

The lead grew for Clay County in the third inning on a bloop single by Mitchell Howald, a bunt single by Ames scored a run as the throw to first base got away. Tanner Knust singled to continue the rally, Barrett walked and a great bunt by Girton resulted in a hit and an RBI. Another error scored Clay County's eighth run of the game.

Valle Field crept within 8-5 in the fourth inning on a walk, an error and an RBI base hit from Rush.

The sixth inning proved fruitful for Clay County as well with Ames leading off with a double and moving to third on a wild pitch. Knust hit an RBI fielder's choice and Girton followed with a run scoring triple and then came in to score on a wild pitch and an 11-5 lead.

Ames would do the rest, allowing only a two-out double to Maloon in the sixth inning before finishing the game with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh inning.

Clay County advances to the championship game this afternoon at 1 p.m. to play the winner of Friday's second game between New Castle and Edgewood.

13-year-old Babe Ruth state tourney

Semifinal game

Clay County3230030-1115x
Valle Field4001000-57x

2B -- CC (Girton, Wolfe, Ames), VF (Herndon, Maloon, Easton). 3B -- CC (Girton).

Pitching

Clay CountyIPRHBBK
Ames (W)7.057410
Valle FieldIPRHBBK
Rush (L)4.081036
Maloon3.03340