DRAFFENVILLE – The host team in last week’s state American Legion junior baseball tournament, Tri-County Post 236, opened the tourney with a 4-2 victory over Morehead Post 126.
Then, they ran into Lexington Post 8.
The powerhouse team, which scored 41 runs in five tourney games on the way to a runner-up finish, sent Tri-County in to the consolation bracket with a 12-3 win.
That put the Marshall County High School junior summer team up against Georgetown Post 24, a 9-2 winner in the first round over Ashland Post 76 and a 12-2 loser to eventual tourney champion Paducah Post 31, on Saturday.
The junior Marshals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Blake Johnson walked and then scored because of defensive overthrows after Chase Bright singled.
Post 236 clung to the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth, when Georgetown got four runs to take the lead.
The two teams swapped runs in the sixth inning and then Georgetown clinched the win by holding Post 236 scoreless in its final chance in the top of the seventh.
Post 236 fell victim to a malady that hampered several of the eight teams competing in the tournament -- short-handedness.
Ace pitcher Austin Johnson, who pitched four no-hit innings in the win over Morehead, pitched two inning against Georgetown and then had to leave the game to go to work.
“I’m well pleased with the way we played,” said coach Craig Johnson, the pitcher’s father.
“Some kids got to pitch that weren’t ready to pitch yet, but we’re gonna need them later, and they’ll benefit from this experience,” he said. “That’ll help us in the long run.”
Johnson said he told his players not to make mistakes and beat themselves, and he was satisfied with their performance.
“We competed,” he said.
Besides Post 236’s Austin Johnson, other members of the all-tournament team included Jake Hall, Ashland; Marshall Shelly, Metcalf County; Zack Ramberger, Owensboro; John Highley, Morehead; Scott Daniel, Georgetown; Austin Messner, Lexington; and Cole Womack, Paducah.