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Adair 12u falls just short of district title, Russell 10u advances to finals

Only one local Little League softball all-star district tournament remains

Ashley Loy
Adair 12u's Ashley Loy connects with a big hit against Marion County in the championship game.
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Adair County and Russell County softball Little League all-star teams continued play in their respective district tournaments on Monday and Tuesday. Of the three tournaments that began this past weekend, the 10u tournament is the only one that has yet to be decided.

Here is a recap of what happened to the local all-star teams on Monday and Tuesday. The district tournaments are taking place at the old Russell Springs Elementary School, what is now the SCC-Russell Center.


Adair County

The Adair County 12u team started out district tournament play 2-0, with wins on Saturday and Sunday.

“I think we played really well the first two games (of the tournament),” head coach James Bergin said.

The pair of wins advanced the all-stars to the championship game on Tuesday. They played the winner of the loser’s bracket, which was a familiar foe in Marion County. Adair County won 5-1 against Marion on the first day of the tournament.

Marion County took the first game Tuesday 7-1, forcing the “if necessary” game in the double elimination format. The second game was a pitcher’s duel, with Keylin Bergin in the pitcher’s circle for Adair. Tied 0-0 going into the final inning, Marion secured a couple of timely hits to pick up the 2-0 win.

“I think the first game, we got down on ourselves, but we were able to come back and play hard,” Coach Bergin said. “We played like we know how to play … [The second game] really was an exciting game. I thought our pitching was good. Our defense was good. They had a couple good hits. That was the ball game.”

Adair County’s roster included:

• Braylee Corbin
• Halynn Stargel
• Ashley Loy
• Addie Bowman
• Adysen Wooley
• Laney Inchcliff
• Callee White
• Ella Brown
• Allee Campbell
• Keylin Bergin
• Harper Bennett

The team was coached by James Bergin and Mat Corbin.

Adair 12u’s Callee White throws out a Marion County baserunner at first base.


Russell County

The Russell County 10u Little League All-Stars continued their hot streak on Tuesday night and improved to 3-0 in the district tournament. After wins on Saturday and Sunday, Russell County’s 9-8 win over Trace Creek (Taylor County) on Tuesday night clinched a spot in the championship game.

Tuesday’s contest was high-scoring and a back-and-forth affair. The teams were tied 2-2 after one inning, and Trace Creek jumped out to a 5-3 lead after two innings. By the end of the fourth inning, Russell County had seized an 8-7 lead and took an 9-8 lead into the final inning, which would end up being the final score.

Russell County now awaits the winner of Trace Creek-Nelson County, two teams it has already defeated in this tournament. The title game has been moved to Friday night at 5 p.m. after a weather delay of the loser’s bracket game between Trace Creek and Nelson County that was originally scheduled for Wednesday night. If Russell County loses the first game on Friday, the “if necessary” game will be played after the first contest. The championship was originally scheduled for tonight (Thursday, June 23).

Russell County’s roster includes:

• Hallie Knight
• Kinsley Wilson
• Raelyn Warriner
• Lillian Davis
• Kerrigan Aaron
• Allie Bailey
• Sadie Grace Shearer
• Molly Clark
• Olivia Pierce
• Brielle Robertson
• Ava Aiken

The team is coached by Adam Davis and Kevin Shearer.

Russell 10u’s second baseman Allie Bailey makes an impressive catch, leading to an inning-ending double play.

Adair County

The Adair County 10u Little League All-Stars were the only Adair or Russell team to play on Monday. Adair County received a bye in the first round and faced off against Trace Creek in their first game, losing 12-2 Sunday afternoon.

That set up a matchup with Nelson County on Monday night, which Nelson County won 10-0.

Adair’s roster included:

• Trinity Hancock
• Kaylence Bennett
• Josie Cox
• Ila Loy
• Laramie Baldwin
• Roxie Booth
• Cadence Booth
• Raegen Petty
• Jordi Marr
• Emma Jewell

Adair’s coaches were Amanda Grant and Ashley Bennett.

Adair 10U leadoff hitter Kaylence Bennett lays down a leadoff bunt for a hit during the district tournament.
Adair 10u’s Josie Cox delivers a pitch during the district tournament.
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