A pair of Richmond Little League All-Star teams come up one win short of a trip to the state tournament Tuesday at Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg.
In the 9-10 year-old District 3 Tournament, Richmond National suffered an 8-2 loss to Mercer County.
In the 11-year-old District 3 Tournament, Richmond National was handed a 1-0 loss by Eastern National.
The 9-10 Richmond National All-Star team saw its season come to an end during the championship game of the District 3 Tournament Tuesday night at Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg.
Richmond fell behind early, then surrendered big runs late, falling to host team Mercer County, 8-2.
Mercer County scored a run in the first inning on an RBI double and two more runs in the third on wild pitches to take a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Richmond’s Bryson Howell led off with an infield single.
With two outs, Ethan Neal singled Howell home to cut the lead to 3-1.
Dawson Miller reached on an error, putting runners at second and third, but Mercer County got out of the jam with an infield pop-up.
Mercer County made it 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Once again Richmond rallied.
John Frazier doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning.
Grant Hotchkiss followed with a run-scoring double, cutting the lead to 6-2.
Neal singled with one out, putting runners at first and third.
Richmond, though, couldn’t get either run home.
Mercer County added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Colton Perkins singled in the bottom half of the inning, but Mercer County brought in its ace to close out the game.
Neal was 3-for-3 for Richmond with a double and two singles.
Miller threw four innings for Richmond and Hotchkiss pitched the final three innings.
Richmond National had just two hits, but had plenty of opportunities to push across a run Tuesday during the finals of the District 3 Tournament in Harrodsburg.
Richmond National left six runners on bases and was handed a 1-0 loss by Eastern National.
Richmond National had runners on base in four of the six innings and left the bases loaded in the fourth inning. A double play killed a potential rally in the fifth inning.
Dalton Gregory started and went 2 2/3rd innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, while striking out three.
Devin Ecklar pitched the final 2 1/3rd innings and allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out three.
Brandon Adams and Ecklar each had a hit for Richmond.
In the fourth, Gregory walked, Adams singled and Ecklar followed with a single to load the bases. But, a groundout ended the inning.
Eastern National scored its only run in the third inning.