SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Barboursville rolled out of bed swinging from its heels Saturday morning.
Brody Aliff and Jayce Gould slugged a grand slam apiece as Barboursville clobbered its way to a 21-8 five-inning mercy-rule victory over Martinsburg in the championship game of the Little League state tournament. A crowd of about 200 attended the 11-12-year-old event at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.
The win sends Barboursville to the Southeast Regional Aug. 1-9 in Warner Robins, Ga.
Barboursville amassed 19 hits and sent 13 batters to the plate twice Saturday - in the second and fifth innings - racking up nine and eight runs, respectively. Barboursville, which was only set down in order in the top of the first, belted three round-trippers, including the two grand slams, and scored 11 runs with two outs.
"You'd think it's like pulling teeth to get them out that early for practice, but they showed up at 7:30 and killed the ball [during batting practice],'' said Barboursville team manager Dell Adkins.
"They were hyper, yelling and cheering. From the get-go this morning it was nonstop excitement. Once the alarm went off I had text messages flying, 'It's time to win the state championship.' They were ready from the beginning.''
Barboursville and Martinsburg, which combined to use a total of eight pitchers in the title game, had exhausted their top hurlers and were relying solely on offense to carry the day. Barboursville was putting up video game-like numbers.
"We were on a roll,'' smiled Gould, who finished with six RBIs. "We were just fired up and ready. Our bats were warmed up. [We've] been dreaming about this.''
"We got [Martinsburg's] timing down and just hit the ball,'' added Aliff, who produced six RBIs. "It feels good.''
After falling behind 1-0 to Martinsburg on Mikey Jackson's solo homer in the bottom of the first inning, Barboursville seized the momentum in the second.
Trey Chapman's two-run homer set the tone in the second and put Barboursville in front for good 2-1 after just two batters. Barboursville then strung together five straight two-out hits and went ahead 9-1, plating seven runs after two outs. Chapman also pounded a two-run double and finished with four RBIs in the frame.