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Rain cancels end of annual tournament

By John Herndon

Rains washed out the championship day of their annual tournament, but a so-so performance was really what put a damper on the final weekend of the 17-and-under Central Kentucky Mudcats' baseball team.

The local traveling team had scheduled its annual wooden bat tournament for Anderson County High School's Barnes Memorial Field, but the weekend downpours washed out Sunday's games. “We got three games in Saturday, and we played one,” Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver said.

The Mudcats fell to Man O' War Baseball, of Lexington, 7-3, in their only game of the tournament. Copenhaver said Man O' War had players from three different central Kentucky high schools on the roster.

Luke Dowell went the distance for the Mudcats but pitched better than the score would indicate, according to Copenhaver.

“He gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks while having five strikeouts,” Copenhaver said. “Luke pitched well. They hit a couple of good pitches at key times with runners on, and we had a few errors that hurt us.”

Copenhaver said Dowell's summer performance has put him in the mix for varsity innings for the Anderson County High School team next spring.

“Chris Sea was pretty much our offense,” Copenhaver said. “He went 3-for-3 with a double and and RBI. Chris was focused and ready to go. It was a good way for him to end the summer. Daniel Whalen had a double and a run scored as well.”

The tournament had some problems from the outset. A team from New York City had been entered, but Copenhaver said, “They broke down near Morehead and never made it. Then we got rained out on Sunday.”

The 17-and-under Mudcats finished the summer at 10-13-1, but Copenhaver said, “I was pretty disappointed with the last game because we didn't play with much motivation. I thought they would be excited to be finishing up a pretty good summer at home with a good tournament, but the excitement just wasn't there.”

The younger Mudcat team (15-and-under) was to have finished the season Tuesday night with a double header after press deadlines.


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