2009-08-20 / Sports

Hancock Campers Win Championship

Pictured, first row, left: Jordan Kerns, Josh Reedy, Taylor Kerns, Zachary Clark, Jared Cubbage; second row: Tyler Unger, Brady Norris, Chris Wagner, Bryce Ruppenthal, Tanner Elbin, Ean Mann; third row: coaches Steve Clark, Tony Kerns and Bob Cubbage. Not pictured: Tyler Clingerman, coach Dave Kerns. Pictured, first row, left: Jordan Kerns, Josh Reedy, Taylor Kerns, Zachary Clark, Jared Cubbage; second row: Tyler Unger, Brady Norris, Chris Wagner, Bryce Ruppenthal, Tanner Elbin, Ean Mann; third row: coaches Steve Clark, Tony Kerns and Bob Cubbage. Not pictured: Tyler Clingerman, coach Dave Kerns. A team of boys representing Hancock Baseball Camp recently competed in the Fulton County Little League 9 & 10-year-old baseball tournament in McConnellsburg and came away with the first-place trophies. The tournament ran from Monday, July 27, 2009, through Monday, August 3, 2009.

HBC was scheduled to play its first of four preliminary games on Wednesday, July 29, but heavy rains washed out all games scheduled for that day. They then started their tournament run on Thursday evening with a 24-1 victory in four innings over Tri-County Little League. Friday evening they took the field against Mt. Union (South) Little League. Mt. Union took a 3-2 lead into the top of the sixth inning, when HBC erupted to score four runs with two outs to secure a 6-3 win. Saturday morning the boys went to bat against St. Thomas Little League and came away with a 16-5 victory. On Sunday afternoon, in the last of their preliminary round games, they beat Chambersburg National Little League by a score of 12- 3. By finishing 4-0 and allowing 12 runs in the preliminary round, the team tied for second place and was one of four teams that qualified for the championship round, which was held on Monday evening.

In Monday's first game, number one seed Mercersburg Little League eliminated number four Mt. Union (South) by a score of 8-5. In the second game, which featured the number two and number three seeds, HBC fell behind 7- 2 early on to host Fulton County but rallied for an exciting 14-8 victory. In the championship game, which didn't end until after midnight, HBC took an early 7-3 lead. But Mercersburg slowly worked its way back even. As the game was tied 7-7 entering the bottom half of the fifth inning, HBC perked up to plate three more runs and take a 10-7 lead into the final frame. Although Mercersburg was able to load the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth, a ground ball to second base and a throw to first ended the threat and the game. Both teams received trophies in a short ceremony following the game.

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