The bid for a state 15-year-old Babe Ruth title fell short of expectation Monday at Boys and Girls park as the Jasper County host dropped a 10-6 title game to Effingham County.


The bid for a state 15-year-old Babe Ruth title fell short of expectation Monday at Boys and Girls park as the Jasper County host dropped a 10-6 title game to Effingham County.

Jasper scored five times in the first and led 6-2 going into the fifth. Here Effingham struck for eight runs to deny the Jasper lads the title in the 7 team double elimination tourney and a trip to the Ohio Valley Regional.

Jasper advanced to the finals the hard way, coming through the loser's bracket.

In their first game last Friday, Jasper County edged Crawford County 8-7. Then on Saturday Jasper fell into the loser's bracket with a 15-5 loss to Effingham. However, Jasper County rebounded to post two victories on Sunday 11-8 over Richland County and 19-11 over Lawrence County to stay alive in the tourney and the right to play Effingham again for all the marbles.

In the Championship game, Jasper collected eight hits as Connor Walters had two singles, Mark Mammoser had a single and drove in two, A.J. Hyatt had a single and Peyton Wyatt doubled. Austin Blair singled and Luke Massey drove in two with a single as did James Lidy.

Others who played were Jake Stone, Cullen Chesnut, Clayton Bailey and Devin Alzate. Travis Wyatt and Trace Blair were the coaches for the 15-year-old team.