Barboursville LL wins Les Ghiz Tournament
HUNTINGTON — Barboursville Little League captured the West Virginia Little League Baseball District 1 regular season championship Friday at Huntington Little League at the Arch with a victory in the Les Ghiz Tournament.
Barboursville, represented by Crews, Nibert and Hettlinger Family Dentistry, scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie in an 8-1 win against Hood Realty from Huntington Little League.
The Les Ghiz Tournament was formerly known as the City Tournament and was named in memory of a former District 1 Little League administrator.
Before the game Crews, Nibert and Hettlinger players said they were anxious about facing the powerful Hood Realty team.
“It would be amazing if we beat them,” said outfielder and first baseman Nathen Hysell. “They mercied Tower (Foodfair).”
Crews, Nibert and Hettlingler defeated the Vinson Marlins, 11-4, to earn its way into the championship game. Hood Realty was the first Huntington Little League team to reach the Ghiz finals since 2014 with an 11-1 defeat of Tower Foodfair from the Barboursville league.
Hood Realty, the home team determined by a coin toss, scored first in the third inning with Cash White crossing home on a fielding error. Crews, Nibert and Hettlinger answered in the top of the fourth inning when Cade Johnson scored on an RBI single from Hysell.
The score stayed there with a pitchers duel between Johnson and Hood Realty’s Tayveon Wilson. Both hurlers combined to surrender just five hits and two runs through five innings.
Hood Realty had a chance to grab a 2-1 lead in the fifth when White, who reached base on a walk then advanced to third on two wild pitches, tried to go home on a third wild pitch. The ball ricocheted off the cinder-block backstop right to Crews, Nibert and Hettlinger catcher Isaiah Berkenbaugh, who tagged White out at the plate.
Crews, Nibert and Hettlinger took control in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs on just two hits and four Hood Realty fielding errors.
Johnson was removed from the game after walking the leadoff hitter to start the bottom of the sixth inning when the five pitches he threw to Wilson put him over the 85 pitch count.
Eli McGinnis pitched in relief and struck out all three batters he faced to give Barboursville Little League the Les Ghiz championship.