where kids expect to win... thatís a good thing
Clay Countyís (11-12) Little League All-star Baseball team (5-2) played very solid baseball in the recent Area 2 and District 4 Tournaments and just missed earning a third straight trip to the State Tournament.
After falling 4-2 in the Area 2 Tournament finals to host South London on July 1, Clay reeled off four straight wins to earn a showdown with Rockcastle County in Sundayís loser bracket championship game.
Rockcastle scored with two outs in the sixth inning to win 1-0, and advance, along with District 4 winner South London, to this weekends Kentucky State Little League Baseball Championships being played at South London Little League Sports Complex. It hurts to lose, especially since we have become so accustomed to winning. Despite the loss, it is becoming apparent that the baseball teams at CCHS should start to shine in the near future.
"Accustomed to winning" -- thatís a good thing and this recent experience should make next yearís squad that much more determined. Seven members of the team will be eligible to play Little League again next season. Clay pitching was outstanding throughout tournament play, allowing just 10 runs (nine earned) in seven games. The starters were Todd McDaniel (2-1), Corey Nicholson (2-0) and Brandon Griffin (0-1); the relievers were Matthew Watkins (1-0) and Deron Maxey.
Griffin led the team with three homeruns; John Wilson led with 13 base hits and tied Nicholson with the team lead in RBIís with 11. Listed below are six offensive categories from the 2003 Clay County Little league All-star season.
(base hits/at bats/walks/runs scored/RBIís/total bases):
Tyler Young 12/l23/8/l9/14/15
John Wilson 13/25/3/1O/11/18
Todd McDaniel 8/23/5/7/10/14
Corey Nicholson 11/28/0/7/11/14
Brandon Griffin 3/19/7/7/7/12
Matthew Watkins 12/22/2/5/7/15
Deron Maxey 6/12/3/5/1/11
Kendell Sizemore 1/14/3/1/0/1
Ethan Nolan 9/18/3/7/8/9
Tanner Gilbert 5/9/2/5/3/6 (five games)
C.J. Miller 1/1/2/2/0/1 (four games)