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June 26, 2014

YOUTH BASEBALL: Holly Lumber, McPike reach title game

Hollingsworth plays McPike today for Kasey Tourney championship

Hollingsworth Lumber scripted a worst-to-first finish in the Russiaville Youth Baseball League this year.

Now, it has a chance to capture the top spot in all of Howard County.

The Lumber boys beat Russiaville rival Martin Brothers TV and Appliances 14-1 in five innings in a David A. Kasey Memorial Tournament Final Four game Wednesday night at Taylor Southeast. Coby Tuggle capped the dominant showing with a walk-off grand slam.

“It feels wonderful,” Hollingsworth skipper Donta Dalpoas said. “This is almost a brand-new team. Last year, we had two wins. We picked up six new players. We put it all together and we’re here. Can’t ask for a more storybook ending to the season.”

Russiaville’s regular-season champions will face UCT regular-season champion McPike in the championship game of the KT-sponsored tournament at 7 p.m. today at Northside. McPike is shooting for its third title in four years.

“Obviously, they’re a great team,” Dalpoas said of the Astros. “I know they’re well coached. Hopefully it’s going to be a good game and we can come out on top. It should be exciting.”

McPike advanced with a 10-5 victory over Russiaville squad Stout & Son in the early semifinal game at UCT.

“It’s amazing,” McPike manager Jason Hurlock said when asked about leading a new-look squad to the title game. “It’s a lot of fun — memories they’re going to have for the rest of their lives. I’m just glad I can be a part of it again. This is the first time for a lot of the players. I also have pretty much an all-new coaching staff, with the exception of one [holdover].”

The following are looks at Wednesday’s semifinal games.


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