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Marion County held a 9-4 lead after 4 1/2 innings of the second semi-final game of the 11-12-year-old 5th District Little League Baseball Tournament against Campbellsville on Monday night, only to lose 11-9 after a "whoda thunk it rally."
Marion County was dominating early as Joey Costello shut down the host team on six hits and four runs. Marion roughed up starting Campbellsville pitcher J.T. Holmes on four straight hits in the fourth. Then they did the same to reliever Julian Pierce. When the dust cleared, Marion County had scored six times on seven hits. But in the bottom of the fifth, things began to unravel for Marion. Campbellsville sent 12 batters to the plate and seven of them scored on five hits. Marion got the tying run to the plate in the top of the sixth but reliever Ryan Cox fanned two and coaxed Anthony Tonge to fly out to third. Robbie Spalding had a two-run homer in the second along with a run-scoring single in the fourth. Jeremy Morris and Tyler Murphy had two singles apiece and Joe Ben Curtis had a single and a double. Other players with hits included Costello, Lincoln Haydon, Zachary Abell and Blake Higdon. Tournament recap... Marion County's 9-10-year-old All-Stars and 11-12-year-old All-Stars lost to Adair County on Wednesday putting the 9-10s at 0-2 and the 11-12s at 1-1. The top four teams record wise advanced to the playoffs on Monday and Tuesday. The Marion 11-12-year-olds ended up making the four-team playoff with a 3-1 slate, defeating Washington County 2-1 and Burkesville 13-3 in their final two games. In a game with Adair County, Adair used six Marion errors in the first inning to plate six runs as the local All-Stars never found their mojo. As a matter of fact, Marion trailed 9-0 and staved off one run-rule challenge with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. But it was too much Adair, and the team from Columbia prevailed 15-6. Joey Costello and Jeremy Morris singled in the two-run fifth for Marion. The 11-12s scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but they entered the sixth trailing 15-3. Marion didn't hit safely until the fourth when it trailed 9-0. Morris and Lincoln Haydon had two hits apiece in the loss. Costello and Tye Murphy each had one hit. 9-10's For the second straight game the Marion 9-10-year-olds lost a one-run nail-biter, this time 9-8. Trailing 7-3 after five innings, Marion plated four runs to tie the score at 7-all. The go-ahead run was gunned down on a nice play at the plate by Adair. Marion played from behind all game, trailing 2-0, 4-1 and 7-3 before rallying for its four runs in the top of the sixth. Isaac Lanham and Cameron Goodin both reached on errors prior to a free pass issued to Trent Farmer. With the bases packed, Logan Thompson plated one run with a ground out and Andrew Spalding doubled in two runs. Aams Mattingly reached on an error as the tying run scored. After Thompson fanned the first Adair batter the next one was walked. That's when things started to unravel for Marion. A botched pickoff play at first advanced the runner to third. Thompson struck out the next batter, but an error allowed Adair to score the winning run. In addition to Spalding's double, Mattingly had two singles and Colby Hood and Bailey Edelen each hit safely. Marion played again on Saturday against Washington County and lost 7-4 but beat Burkesville on Sunday 11-1 for a 1-3 overall mark. They missed the playoffs.