FAIRBORN — The District 8 Little League tournament came down to a best two out of three series between the Washington C.H. all-stars and the all-stars from Englewood.
After winning its first two games of the tournament, Washington C.H. played Englewood on Wednesday evening and won that game in a rout, 17-2 in three innings.
Then, on Friday evening, the undefeated Washington C.H. team took on one-loss Englewood. A win for Washington would mean a trip to the State tournament.
For Englewood, they had the challenge of having to defeat Washington twice to win the District title.
On Friday, Englewood stayed alive with a 7-4 victory.
That set up the deciding game for the championship and State berth Saturday morning at Fairborn.
Englewood rallied from a 6-2 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the fifth to post an 8-6 victory.
It was a fine start for Washington, as they scored three runs in the first.
Englewood chipped away with a run in the first and one in the second.
Washington got those runs back with two in the top of the third.
The all-stars took a 6-2 lead with another run in the top of the fourth.
After keeping them off the board for back-to-back innings, Englewood rallied for six in the fifth.
Washington had two runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth, but were not able to score.
Washington had seven hits and two errors, while Englewood had five hits and their defense committed three errors.
In the top of the first for Washington, Trey Robinette led off the game with a single.
He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Xavier Lawhorn.
Lafe Coleman drilled a double that scored Lawhorn.
Gavin Coffman reached on an error that allowed Coleman to score for a quick 3-0 lead.
After the first two batters were retired, Englewood walked three successive times.
A following pop up hit the ground allowing Englewood its first run.
Robinette hit a two-out double in the second, but Washington did not score.
In the bottom of the second, with one out, Englewood had back-to-back batters hit by pitches.
A single loaded the bases and Englewood scored on a force at third base.
The top of the third was a scoring inning for Washington.
With one out, Coffman reached on an error.
With two out, Coffman advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Brysin Humphrey then walked. The runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Alex Robinson walked to load the bases and Jakob Hoosier hit a two-run single, scoring Coffman and Humphrey.
The score remained 5-2 going to the top of the fourth inning.
Robinette singled and stole second.
He moved to third on a wild pitch and and finally scored on another wild pitch.
Coleman walked and stole second, but there was no further scoring for Washington.
In the bottom of the fifth, Englewood scored six runs on a hit batsman, four hits and three walks.
The inning ended when Washington’s catcher, Robinson, retrieved a wild pitch and tagged the runner out at the plate.
There were two quick outs for Washington in the top of the sixth.
Coleman then walked and Coffman hit a single.
The runners moved up on a wild pitch, but the batter was retired to end the game.
On the mound for Washington, Lafe Coleman, Gavin Coffman and Cody Moore combined for five hits, eight runs, seven walks, seven strikeouts and three hit batsmen.
“We went to State the past two years,” Washington manager Nate Robinette said. “It’s upsetting that we didn’t get there this year. We played five games in six days and it just didn’t work out for us. It happens.
“We hit the ball,” Robinette said. “We played great. We played great defense.
“All of the parents have been great,” Robinette said.
“There’s a group of five boys that I’ve coached for the past five years,” Robinette said. “This year was what they were looking forward to and it just didn’t work out. It’s upsetting for the kids. They were all a great group to work with.”
Robinette thanked his coaches for their efforts.
“Allen Hoosier has been with me for the past five or six years,” Robinette said. “I couldn’t ask for a better assistant coach. We talk about everything. We always work great together. He’s been awesome.
“Jordan Baker stepped up this year and helped out,” Robinette said. “His knowledge of the game really helped us. He was a big help, especially in those first few games. I know he couldn’t be there Saturday because he’s in the Army Reserves. He showed up Friday in his fatigues to be there for the boys.
“Drew Maddux kept the book for me,” Robinette said. “He’s done a great job. He was one of my confidants to talk about things going on. He did a good job, too.”
The Washington C.H. 10-year-old all-stars play Moraine-West Carrollton Monday at 6 p.m. at Eaton.
Offensively for Washington C.H. 12-year-old all-stars: Trey Robinette, 3-4, 2 runs, 2b, sb; Xavier Lawhorn, 1-4, 1 rbi, 1 run; Lafe Coleman, 1-2, 2b, 2 bb, 1 rbi, sb, 1 run; Frank Maddux, 0-4; Cody Moore, 0-2; Gavin Coffman, 1-2, 2 roe, 1 run; Keenan Moore, 0-1; Jakob Hoosier, 1-3, 2 rbi; Brendan Peters, 0-1; Brysin Humphrey, 0-0, bb, 1 run; Alex Robinson, 0-0, bb, roe; Logan Clevenger, 0-2.
W 302 100 — 6 7 2
E 110 06x — 8 5 3