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By David Green
PADUCAH – Post 236’s Tri-County Titans ended the American Legion baseball season with a bizarre experience in the District 1 tournament at Brooks Stadium, sandwiching a victory over Lyon County between a pair of losses – one by forfeit – to Mayfield Post 26.
The Titans finished the season with a 5-23 record, three of the five wins coming against Lyon Post 68’s Aces.
Tri-County led 2-1 after one inning of Wednesday’s first-round game against Mayfield. At the end of the inning, play was delayed while officials considered a protest by Post 26 coach Andy Ford that the Titans did not have the required 12 players dressed for the game.
State commissioner Hardy Gentry confirmed that 12 players are required and Mayfield was awarded a win by forfeit, by a 9-0 score.
Earlier Wednesday, Paducah Post 31 took a 20-0 win over Lyon County, the game shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule.
In their consolation bracket matchup Thursday, Post 68 scored three fifth-inning runs to forge a 7-7 score, but Post 236 got a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to regain the lead just as a light rain began to fall.
When lightning flared from a storm approaching from the west, play was suspended at 7:35 p.m. The inclement weather continued, and after a consideration of resuming play the next day, both teams agreed to call the game official. That ended the season for the Aces, runner-up in last year’s district tourney.
On Friday, Paducah took a 15-8 win over Post 26, setting up a rematch later that evening between Mayfield and Post 236. Mayfield won 7-2.
After Post 31’s romp in the opening game, Tri-County – with nine players on the field and only one substitute on the bench – scored a pair of runs in the top of the first.
The first two Titan batters were hit by pitches from Mayfield starter Justin Hayden. The third Post 236 batter, Travis Gilbert, hit a low line drive that ricocheted off Hayden’s ankle and rolled into right field for a double.
The hit turned into a double, with Cody Gilbert scoring from second and Shubert Moffatt moving to third base.
After Devin Chambliss popped up, Brenden Phillips drove in Moffatt with a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the bottom of the inning, Colton Aldridge had a leadoff single off Titans starter Moffatt, and after Moffatt struck out Eamon Hammon and Nathan Williams, Adam Riley doubled to drive in Aldridge.
John Lollar flied to right to end the inning and strand Riley, and then Ford opted to lodge the protest.
Lyon Co. 000 000 0 – 0 6 4
Paducah 557 003 x – 20 15 2
Tri-Co. 2-- --- --- – 0 - -
Mayfield 1-- --- --- – 9 - -
Forfeit ruled after Mayfield protest
Tri-County sent 10 batters to the plate and erupted for six runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 7-2 lead over Lyon County in the first of two games scheduled for Thursday.
Post 68 parlayed two walks and a Titan error into a run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-3 and then rode a pair of singles and another error to a trio of runs in the top of the fifth, cutting the deficit to a single run.
Austin Johnson came on in relief of starter Travis Gilbert and set the Aces down in order, but in the bottom of the inning, the young pitcher, promoted from Post 236’s junior team, was called for interference at second base, resulting in a double play for the Aces as Cody Gilbert was called out at first.
The call appeared to rattle Johnson, who walked the first three batters he faced in the top of the seventh.
Tri-County retired the lead runner at home, but surrendered the tying run on a fielder’s choice and another walk loaded the bases again before the Titans got the final out.
Travis Gilbert singled to open the bottom of the seventh, but was retired at second on a fielder’s choice by Devin Chambliss.
Zack Knight smacked a double to drive in Chambliss to break the tie, and Knight advanced to third and then scored on two overthrows by the Aces defense.
Johnson settled down and gave up one single in the top of the eighth as rain began to fall. In the bottom of the inning, Post 268’s Jordan Winn walked and was caught stealing and Johnson flied to right. Cody Gilbert doubled, but play was suspended at that point because of lightning.
In the six-run third inning, Chambliss and Josh Rodgers had doubles Shubert Moffatt added a single to the attack. The Titans also drew two walks and benefited from a pair of Aces errors and a bases-loaded balk that plated the run that broke a 2-2 deadlock.
Lyon Co. 110 130 10 – 7 5 3
Tri-Co. 106 000 20 – 9 10 5
Shortened by rain, lightning to eight innings
Rained out, postponed until Friday
After Mayfield was sent to the consolation bracket with a SCORE loss to Paducah in the first game, Post 26 squared off against Post 236, this time with a full complement of players in the dugout.
Mayfield broke open a tie game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, then added single runs in the fifth and seventh to take a 7-2 win.
Cody Gilbert had two hits and an RBI for the Titans.
Mayfield 001 103 300 – 8 13 5
Paducah 004 700 04x – 15 14 3
Tri-Co. 020 000 000 – 2 7 6
Mayfield 200 310 10x – 7 10 6
It took an extra game to do it, but Paducah came back from a 7-5 upset at the hand of Mayfield to win the district title, prevailing 7-3 in the “if” game.
Post 26 rebounded from a 5-2 deficit by scoring two runs in the eighth inning and adding an insurance run in the ninth to force the second game.
Mayfield took the must-win victory despite being out-hit by Post 31 11 to 6. Paducah was charged with six errors that helped Mayfield stay alive.
Paducah took a 4-0 lead, saw Mayfield cut it to 4-3 in the sixth inning and then held Post 26 scoreless the rest of the way
Both Post 31 and Post 26 advance to the state tournament, which will be hosted by Paducah at Brooks Stadium.
Play begins Wednesday, with Mayfield playing Metcalfe County and Paducah taking on Campbellsville.
Post 31’s junior team won the state championship July 22 at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville.
Mayfield 000 202 021 – 7 6 4
Paducah 011 300 000 – 5 11 6
Mayfield 000 003 000 – 3 6 4
Paducah 002 221 20x – 7 12 5