The Logan County Little League All-Stars got a fantastic send off Thursday on the Russellville square, but now it’s all about playing baseball.
A crowd of well-wishers saw the team off at a pep rally in front of the Chamber of Commerce before the players and their families left for the state tournament in Richmond.
“This past month has been a great ride,” said Logan County manager Kevin Gettings. “These boys have come out and worked very hard to get where they are today. This past week in practice they have been focused and geared up to win another state championship.”
This won’t be most of the players’ first time at a state tournament. Practically this same group of all-stars won the 9- and 10-year-old state tournament two years ago when it was held in Bowling Green.
That was the first state championship for a Little League team from Logan County.
Now, the Logan County 11-12 group is looking to become the second team from here to win a state championship.
The Logan County All-Stars open pool play in Richmond at the 11- and 12-year-old state tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Campbellsville. They play Sunday at 5 p.m. against Lexington Eastern and Monday at 6 p.m. against South London.
The top two teams from that pool will advance to the state semifinals. The teams in the other pool are Louisville Valley Sports, Ashland, Paintsville and Lexington Western.
Right now, the only game concerning the Logan County All-Stars is the first one.
"From day one we have told the boys take it one game at a time,” Gettings said. “Right now all we are concentrating on is Campbellsville. Hopefully we will take care of business and bring home another State Championship to Logan County."
When Logan County won the state title as 9- and 10-year-olds, that was the end of the road for the team.
Now, if they win it all again, they will get to travel to Indianapolis for the Great Lakes Regional. The Kentucky champion will play state champs for the chance to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.