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CARROLLTON – Anderson County's dream of a baseball 3-peat came to a stunning end Thursday night when Shelby County outlasted the Bearcats 10-9 in an 11-inning classic to win the Eighth Region championship.
Shelby's Eric Standafer ripped Jacob Russell's pitch up the middle for a clean two-out single to drive in pinch runner Logan Bailey with the winning run.
In a thriller that took almost 4.5 hours to play, the teams traded leads, excitement and incredible plays. The teams combined to use eight different pitchers, with Russell starting and relieving for Anderson. Both teams had numerous opportunities to win or fold.
Shelby jumped to a 4-0 lead early, but Anderson rallied when Matt Fogle belted a 3-run homer in the fourth. The Bearcats then seemed to take control of the game with four runs in the top of the sixth only to see Shelby's James Wright and Standafer account for three runs with back-to-back home runs that made it 7-7.
It stayed that way until Anderson scored on singles from Kyle Rogers and Fogle in the 11th, but after the Bearcats loaded the bases with one out, they could not add to their lead.
Shelby tied it in the bottom of the inning on Taylor Boone's double. Bailey ran for Boone, and with two outs, Standafer came through with the winner.
For a complete report, see the June 9 edition of The Anderson News.