Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 16, 2013

Princeton charges into Little League championship game

GARDNER — This evening’s Junior League championship game in the state Little League tournament will have a local flavor.

The Princeton All-Stars defeated Hampshire County 8-1 in the semifinals on Monday evening to advance to the title game at the Greater Princeton Little League complex in Gardner.

The Charleston-based Mountaineers shut out Moorefield 8-0 in the first semifinal game.

Princeton’s ace pitcher Jacob Harmon struck out nine Hampshire countians in his 6 1/3 innings on the mound. Levi Nash took over in relief and induced the last two outs. Princeton limited Hampshire County to two hits, a double by Ritchie Stanley and a single by Andy Clem.

Caleb Pennington gave Princeton a boost with a three-run home run in the second inning. Pennington, Harmon and Hunter Hill each contributed two hits in the win. Nash, Seth Meadows and Tanner Lockhart also provided hits for Princeton.

Princeton coach Tucker Meadows said, “I think we played very solid. We had a very solid pitching performance, and timely hits early on to give us the momentum.”

The Junior League championship game is slated for a 6 p.m. start today in Gardner.

Meadows said his team is “very excited” about their spot in the finals. “A lot of kids go forever and never get to play in the state championship,” he said.

Commenting on the GPLL’s history of hosting Little League state tournaments, he said, “A lot of credit goes to (GPLL president) Stanley Six for bringing the tournament in this area. Stanley Six does a super job. And Tom Bailey and Bill Jackson put in a lot of work ... keeping everything going.”

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