Wetumpka's first foray into the state tournament was a damp one as Sunday's win over Lincoln was halted due to a downpour.
Wetumpka's first foray into the state tournament was a damp one as Sunday's win over Lincoln was halted due to a downpour.

Wetumpka’s 14s fall to Monroe in tournament finale

Published 10:28am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

After opening with an eight-run flourish, the Wetumpka 14-year-old All-Stars found themselves on the short side of the scoreboard as Monroe County raced out to a lead en route to the 16-12 final Tuesday afternoon in Alexander City.

“It was a back and forth game,” said Josh Williams, who coached a majority of this squad as 13-year-olds. “We got some breaks. They just got a few more.”

Wetumpka, which lost to Monroe County 13-12 Monday, eliminated Sylacauga 8-6 to advance to the final. Hoyt Hardin homered in the top of the seventh to put Wetumpka up en route to the win.

In Tuesday’s championship game, Wetumpka hung four runs on Monroe in the first and second innings but then ran out of steam as the opponents went on a 15-4 run.

Offensively, Shannon Darnell (3-for-4 with an RBI), Miller Williams (2-for-4 with three RBIs) and Hardin (3-for-4 with two RBIs) led the Wetumpka squad.

Darnell got the start. Dylan Norton and Williams came on in relief.

“Absolutely, I’m proud of these guys,” said Williams of the squad who only won one game a year ago. “They worked hard to get ready for this tournament and it showed on the field. This was a class group. They won and lost with class. And a lot of these guys got better. I hope to have them back next year.”

The team is comprised of players from Wetumpka, Edgewood Academy and Elmore County.

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