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July 30, 2012

Owensboro Southern hands Knox All-Stars 15-1 loss

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

PRESTONSBURG — The Knox County 9 & 10-year-old All-Stars saw their run towards a state championship come to an end after falling in the Final Four to Owensboro Southern, 15-1.

Knox County could never get on track, as Owensboro Southern’s pitching kept Jimmy Mills’ squad off-balanced the entire game.

“They have a very good team,” Mills said. “They started a pitcher that really pitched a good game and we really couldn’t get anything going. He commanded the strike zone with his fastball and curveball and any time you have a pitcher that has two good pitches, they are going to be tough to beat.”

Knox County entered All-Star play with high hopes and Mills admitted his players didn’t disappoint.

“Not at all,” he said. “We started off kind of slow, but once we got out of the Area Tournament, I thought we played really well. Like I said, we struggled out of the gate, but in the District Tournament we played great.

“We just couldn’t hit the ball against them,” he added. “It’s a tough loss, but we made some mistakes early and they took advantage of it and we just never could recover.”

Despite coming up short of a state championship, Mills said he’s proud of how his team performed this summer.

“They did great,” he said. “We had a great run, great experience and the kids learned a lot from this. Now we need to take advantage of this experience. I’m really pleased with the way we played during all of the tournaments.”

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