Winchester ends local Little League dream

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By John Herndon

HARRODSBURG - Anderson County managed just 2 hits off Winchester American pitching as the local all-star team's quest for a Little League district championship ended Thursday night at Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg.

Winchester right-hander Brent Stoneking threw five no-hit innings, striking out 11, as his team rolled to an 8-1 victory in the first elimination round of the tournament.

Anderson finally scored in the bottom of the sixth, getting a pair of hits and a run off reliever Ryan Barnett.

Chase Sutherland drove in Anderson's only run with a two-out double that scored Seth Nethery.

Winchester had scored twice in the first inning on Christian Cooke's home run, then plated three more in the third to put things out of reach.

Sutherland and Nethery delivered Anderson's only hits.

The decision ended Anderson's run in tournaments that culminate in the Little League World Series but the local team can still play in independent tournaments the rest of the summer.

Anderson County 9, Nicholas County 4

Anderson County overcame an early deficit to post a 9-4 win over Nicholas County in the final pool play game of the district tournament last Monday night to earn a berth in the elimination round.

Trailing 2-1 after two innings, the local all-stars scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third, then erupted to plate four runs in the fourth to take firm control.

Sutherland doubled home Darius Harvey, then scored on Hunter Campbell's single in the fourth. Anderson eventually loaded the bases with Christian Shepherd and Ross Cox both scoring on wild pitches to cap the inning.

Anderson got a pair of insurance runs in the sixth when Campbell delivered a ground-rule double, then scored on Tyler Newton's single. Newton came home on Cox's ground out.

Anderson left just two runners on base for the game while Nicholas stranded seven.

Campbell, Newton and Harvey all doubled and stroked another hit to lead the Anderson attack.

Alex Payton scattered eight hits and four runs over 4.2 innings for the win. Campbell came on to get the last four outs in relief.