Led by a high-powered offense that has been one of the best in the 13th Region over the last month, the Barbourville Tigers remained hot and earned their way to the 51st District championship game with a 16-0 victory over Lynn Camp on Monday.
The win is the 11th in the last 15 games for the Tigers, who have scored double-digit runs in eight of the victories. Barbourville has scored 18 runs in three of those games, and 16 runs in two others.
By defeating Lynn Camp in opening-round action on Monday, Barbourville advanced to the district championship game for the fifth consecutive season and 11 of the last 13. The Tigers have won just two championships during that time, in 2012 and 2014, both with one-run victories over Knox Central.
The two will face off on Tuesday as the paper goes to press. For a complete wrap up of the championship game, see www.MountainAdvocate.com.
Barbourville showed no mercy on cross-county rival Lynn Camp and scored in every inning on the way to the dominating victory. The Tigers scored three in the first inning, six in the second, five in the third, and then ended the contest with two in the fourth.
Lynn Camp, meanwhile, was able to come up with just one hit in the contest while committing five errors.
All nine starters had a hit for Barbourville, with eight scoring runs and seven players collecting RBI.
Connor Bain led the way for the winners with a 2-for-3 effort that resulted in four runs scored and an RBI.
Mitchell Buchanan added one hit and three runs scored from the lead-off position for the Tigers, while Caleb Powers finished with one hit, two runs and two RBI.
Trey Owens and Tyler Warren also starred for the Tigers in the victory. Both had one hit, one RBI and two runs scored apiece.
Dakota Tye added one hit, one run and one RBI for Barbourville, while teammate Ethan Phipps knocked in a pair of runs with a hit.
Seth Bohl, who walked two times, collected one hit and one RBI. Trenton Schall chipped in one run and one hit, while Austin Abner crossed the plate one time as a pinch runner.
Warren’s hit was a double, while one of Bain’s was a triple.
The Tigers stole seven bases against Lynn Camp without getting caught. Buchanan had two steals for the winners, while Warren, Bain, Powers, Schall and Abner all swiped one apiece.
Bohl toed the rubber for the Tigers in the win and struck out nine while allowing just one hit and three base on balls. The senior threw strikes on 58 percent of his pitches, including first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 18 batters he faced.
Lynn Camp was not as fortunate, coming up with just the one hit in the game. Eric Emery doubled in one of his two at bats for the Wildcats.
Two pitchers took the mound for Lynn Camp with Eric Mitchell working the first 2.2 innings while allowing five earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out four. Tyler Lewis came on to finish the game, giving up two runs, neither of them earned, on three hits and two walks. He struck out one in 1.1 innings.
The Wildcats committed five errors in the contest.
Barbourville was able to plate three runs in the first inning despite having just one hit in the frame. Buchanan, Owens and Bain all scored in the inning. Tye drove in one of the runs with an RBI single.
Barbourville scored all six of its second-inning runs with two outs. Bain, Warren and Bohl knocked in one run each with hits. Buchanan, Owens, Bain, Warren, Tye, and Powers all scored in the frame.
The Tigers got an RBI triple from Bain in the next inning to start a five-run frame that also included singles by Phipps and Schall.