Walk-off home run in extra innings gives Shelby district crown

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Anderson rally falls short

By John Herndon

Had the TV cameras been rolling, it would have been an instant classic.

Instead, the 30th District championship game will just live on in the memory of one of Kentucky's best high school sports rivalries.

John Hunter sent a Steven Watts breaking pitch well over the left field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning giving Shelby County a 5-3 win over host Anderson County to claim the 30th district baseball title.

Shelby had earned a quick 3-0 lead off Anderson starter Michael Harley but the junior right hander settled down and kept the Bearcats in the game before leaving in the sixth inning.

Anderson, the visiting team despite playing on its home field, finally got on the board when Kyle Rogers smacked a 2-run home run off Shelby starter Corey Williams in the sixth.

Williams, however, was one strike from a complete game when he plunked Anderson pinch hitter Shae Sparrow. Logan Woodside followed with a run-scoring double.

Anderson also loaded the bases in the extra inning, but could not score, setting the stage for Hunter's dramatic blast.

“It was an awesome game to be a part of,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes.

Both teams advance to next week's Eighth Region tournament at Carroll County. The draw will be held on Saturday.

For a complete report, see the June 2 edition of The Anderson News.