Barboursville takes District 1 title over Huntington 15-5
BARBOURSVILLE — Barboursville Little League honors its winning all-star teams with a billboard posted at the village park displaying the team photo along with a roster of the players for all visitors to the grounds to see.
Getting on that billboard was all Corey Otzenberger needed for motivation Friday and he responded with a single, double, triple, two runs batted in and three runs scored in helping the Barboursville age 9-11 year-old all-stars to a 15-5 victory over Huntington at Barboursville Park to earn the West Virginia Little League Baseball District 1 championship.
“It feels great,” Otzenberger said. “It was another opportunity to get a board.”
Both Huntington and Barboursville already knew they both would be representing District 1 at the state tournament
because the champion and runner-up teams both advance, so the only thing left to decide was who would claim the crown.
Barboursville stormed to a 13-run lead while sending 17 batters to the plate in its first time at-bat. Otzenberger, batting second in coach Evan Johnson’s lineup, had two hits in the big inning, a single his first time up and a two-run triple on his second turn at the plate.
“He was throwing my speed where I knew I could hit it,” Otzenberger, Barboursville’s catcher, said of Huntington pitcher Malachi Faulk. “I just sat back and waited.”
Faulk was replaced in the third inning by Tayveon Wilson who did not allow Barboursville to score any more in the two innings he pitched.
Huntington put together a rally of five runs of its own in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 13-5. Trailing 15-5 in the third Huntington threatened to cut the lead significantly, but Barboursville pitcher Wyatt Goad got Faulk to ground out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Goad gave up two singles in the fourth inning, but Huntington could not get a run across to prevent the mercy rule from being applied trailing by 10 runs at the end of the fourth.
Barboursville entered the game with a 2-0 record in pool play. Barboursville had beaten Wayne Central, 14-2, and Huntington, 7-6, to earn its spot in the title game.
Huntington defeated Wayne Central, 18-5, on Thursday to get a rematch with Barboursville. They might meet again at the state tournament.
“Hopefully, it’ll be an all District 1 state championship,” Johnson said. “We’ll both be on opposite sides of the (state tournament) bracket, but we do have a chance of facing Huntington again either before the state championship or in the state championship.”
The double-elimination state tournament begins July 13 at Logan Little League. The winning team represents West Virginia at the regional level.