Louisville set for semifinal showdown
Ethan Henry was 2-for-3 and scored two runs as Louisville, Ky., beat Clemmons, N.C., 4-2 on Tuesday night at Lamade Stadium. The game served as good preparation for the Valley Sports American Little League All-Stars out of Louisville, who qualified for the United States semifinals with a win Sunday night.
“I felt good tonight,” Henry said. “I felt good to be able to contribute to a win for my team.”
The pressure was completely off of Louisville. After defeating Harlem on Sunday night, the Kentucky team assured itself the top seed in Wednesday’s semifinal. But Louisville did not let up one bit.
“We knew that we didn’t need to win for the stats,” Henry said. “But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t need to win. We needed to win for ourselves in here (tapping his chest).”
Louisville jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the third inning. Henry started a two-out rally with a RBI single to center. The next batter, Casey Jordan, followed Henry’s lead. Jordan hammered a single to left-center, allowing Aaron Alvey to come in from third and Jacob Remines to score from first.
“They scored all of their runs tonight with two outs,” Clemmons manager John Scott. “That is what good teams do, and this was a really good team.”
Clemmons gained a little ground on Louisville in the bottom of the fourth. Robbie Scott staged a two-out base knock with a double to center. Scott’s shot traveled all of the way to the wall and brought in two runs.
Alvey took the mound in the sixth to strike out the side and pick up his first save of the tournament.
“I wanted to get Alvey some experience pitching in front of a big crowd,” manager J. Troy Osborne said.
The vocal crowd of 11,900 gave Alvey the big-game experience his manager desired before he starts in Wednesday’s semifinal.
Four different Louisville pitchers allowed just three hits and two earned runs. Starter Shane Logsdon picked up the win, tossing 3.2 innings.