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Young Mudcats fall short in tourney

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By John Herndon

The Central Kentucky Mudcats' 14-and-under baseball team lost all three games in its own tournament, held Saturday and Sunday at Anderson County High School.

“We were 0-3, but we played well,” said Mudcats' coach Chris Copenhaver.

The Mudcats dropped a 5-2 decision in extra innings to the Collins freshman team on Saturday, then fell to the West Jessamine freshman team, 7-6. On Sunday, the Mudcats dropped another decision to the Collins frosh, losing this time, 8-5, in extra innings.

The Mudcats' 14-and-under team is primarily made up of players from the Anderson County Middle School team last year.

“Obviously, we were in each game but just couldn't pull it out,” said Copenhaver. “Of course, we were playing older teams and you could tell the experience they had on us because they pulled those games out in the end. I was very pleased with the way we played and how we competed. As they get older, they'll win those games.

The older Mudcats' team, 18-and-under, split four games at a tournament hosted by West Jessamine over the weekend.

“Worth Sparrow pitched well for us,” Copenhaver said. “Luke Dowell, who is a young freshman that plays on both Mudcat teams, had a real good tournament for both teams and was the iron man of the weekend. He played six games this weekend in less than 48 hours.”