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Caleb Epperson allowed just three hits and one run as Richmond National picked up a 5-1 win over Anderson County Friday in the District 3 11-12 year-old All-Star Tournament at Gibson Bay.

Richmond’s 11-year-old All-Star team scored two runs early and never looked back, picking up a 5-2 must-win victory against Anderson County on Friday in Winchester in the District 3 Tournament.

In the bottom of the first Daniel Parke walked and Ryan Long was hit by a pitch to give Richmond two on with one out.

Jesse Middleton popped out to the pitcher, but Dusty Ridner singled in Parke and Julian Speaks followed with a double to score Long.

Anderson battled back with a run in the second.

But Middleton helped Richmond get breathing room in the third.

Curtis Roberts doubled and Middleton hit a two-run shot off the scoreboard in centerfield for a 4-1 lead.

Later in the inning Ridner and Speaks reached on singles and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Raymond White brought Ridner in for Richmond’s final run.

Richmond made several threats, but solid defensive plays kept them off the board the rest of the game.

The win wrapped up a second seed in the tournament where the team turns around and plays Anderson again 5 p.m. on Sunday in Winchester.

11-12 year old All-Stars

Caleb Epperson allowed only three hits and one unearned run as Richmond National (1-3) wrapped up play in the District 3 11-12 year-old All-Star tournament with a 5-1 win over Anderson County (0-4) Friday at Gibson Bay.

Epperson had seven strikeouts and walked just one in the complete-game victory. Richmond National had just one hit, but pushed across two runs in the second and three more scores in the fourth off Anderson County starter Steven Watts.

Michael Everett led-off the second with a walk and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Drew Hendricks later walked and scored when Thomas Loy reached on an error. Watts worked his way out of the jam, getting Justin Fritz to ground out to second base with the bases loaded.

In the fourth, Logan Smith walked then advanced on a wild pitch and an error, then scored when Watts misplayed Loy’s bunt. Clouse, who had also reached on an error, and Loy both later crossed the plate on another Anderson County miscue.

Hendricks had the only hit of the game for Richmond National, beating out an infield single in the fifth.

Watts struck out 10 and allowed only one earned run, but walked five in five innings of work. Anderson County committed four errors. Gordon Lowell had two hits for Anderson County.

Richmond American needed a victory against a perfect Eastern American on Friday at Gibson Bay to remain in the hunt for a seed into the tournament.

However, Eastern rolled to a 15-0 win mercy-rule win, finishing 4-0 in pool play and grabbing the No. 1 seed for the tournament.

Cody Billings started on the mound for Richmond and was relieved by Brandon Thomas, but neither had much luck at stopping Eastern as the scored four or five runs an inning.

9-10 year-olds All-Stars

Richmond American advanced to the tournament portion of the 9-and 10-year-old tournament in Lawrenceburg, but had to face Eastern American for the second time Friday.

Much like the first game, a 16-6 loss, errors allowed Eastern to take the game in a run-shortened mercy-rule win, 11-1.

Daylan Culton scored the lone run when he walked. After Crea Knight struck out and Clay Jordan was hit by a pitch, Culton used two pass balls to cross the plate.

The loss knocks Richmond out of the tournament.

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