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It might have been worth the wait for the Central Kentucky Mudcats.
The local travelling baseball team defeated the Dirty Dawgs, a team based in the London-Corbin area, 3-2, Sunday afternoon to win the annual Mudcat Classic at Anderson County High School's Barnes Field. It was the first time the Mudcats have taken their own tournament in its eight-year existence.
Josh Brown gave up two first inning runs, then dominated the Dawgs the rest of the way to get the win.
“Josh pitched fantastic today,” Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver said. “They didn't hit the ball hard off him. They got a couple of runs off a bleeder but that was it.”
The Mudcats scored once in the top of the second, then scored two more in the third. It was all Brown would need.
“I was really proud of how the kids played,” Copenhaver said. “All of our kids are local, but the team we beat had players from North Laurel, South Laurel, Corbin and Clay County. They are all in the 13th Region and all of them are contenders every year.”
Earlier on Sunday, the Mudcats rolled past the Hornets, a team from the Dayton, Ohio area, 8-0. Luke Dowell, who will be an Anderson County High School sophomore this fall, got the win.
Friday, the Mudcats defeated Lyndon, from the Louisville area, 11-7, as right-hander Worth Sparrow picked up his second win of the summer.
Also that night, the Mudcats routed the Central Kentucky Sliders, of Danville, 13-1. Mason Baker got the win on the mound.
The Mudcats now stand at 7-6-1 on the year. “We had one tie game called by lightning,” Copenhaver explained.