Despite rally, Madison team falls short of title

By Paul Adkins

July 22, 2014

CHAPMANVILLE — The Madison All-Stars surely made it interesting.

Down 5-0 after three innings, Madison eventually scored a run and tied it in the fourth with four runs but the Morgan County All-Stars plated one run in the top of the sixth inning to walk away with a 6-5 win over Madison on Friday night during the first day of competition at the 11-12-year-old State Little League Tournament at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.

Madison (0-1) is scheduled to finish off Pool D action on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Worthington. Madison needs a win in order to advance to play in Monday’s quarterfinals.

Madison entered the state tournament as the District 2 champions with an unbeaten record. Madison had beaten Mullens, 12-2, for the district championship.

Morgan County (1-0) won it in the sixth as Brady Sipe led off with a single off Madison relief pitcher Aaron Adkins. Colby Farris then had a bunt single and Sipe later scored on a wild pitch.

Madison tried to mount another comeback in the last half of the sixth as D.L. Bowman was safe on an error and Carter Lyles was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with nobody out.

Morgan County relief pitcher Cameron King then recorded three straight outs to notch the win. He pitched two innings and struck out three.

Sipe started for MC, going 3.1 innings and allowing no runs and one hit with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.

Cole Morris came on in the fourth and lasted just 2/3 of an inning as he yielded two runs and one hit with one strikeout and one hit batter.

Anthony Clark then entered in Madison’s four-run fifth but walked three batters and gave up a two-run single by Adkins, which cut Morgan County’s lead to 5-3.

King then took to the mound for MC as Madison’s Hayden Miller walked with the bases loaded to make it a 5-4 ballgame. Kobe Abbott then had an RBI fielder’s choice to tie it at 5. King then got Aaron Epling to strike out and got Isaac Miller to pop out to first base.

Miller was Madison’s starting pitcher. He tossed 2.1 innings and gave up two runs and one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

Lyles then pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Adkins then fired the last two innings and was the pitcher of record.

Morgan County sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third inning, plating five runs to take a 5-0 lead. Four of the runs came home on wild pitches by Madison pitchers. Another run scored on an error with a dropped ball at the plate as pitcher Lyles fielded a ground ball and then wheeled home to try and cut down a runner.

Morgan County went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings.

Madison trimmed it to 5-1 in the fourth as Trey Johnson singled and later came around on a wild pitch.

Madison was held to only three hits in the game. Miller had a one-out single in the first inning but was cut down at second trying to steal.

Morris, Clark, Sipe and Farris had one hit each for Morgan County. Derek Statler led the way as he was 2-for-3 with a single in the third and an infield single in the sixth.

Both teams committed three errors.

Morgan County is the District 6 runner-ups.