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Lexington youth baseball sends three teams to World Series

Lexington's perennially powerful youth baseball leagues are constructing another banner all-star season this summer.

Three teams have earned berths in upcoming World Series and two additional teams won regional or state titles.

Two of the World Series qualifiers represent Southeastern Lexington.

The Southeastern Lexington 14-year-old all-stars defeated Owensboro 6-5 Sunday to win the Babe Ruth Baseball Ohio Valley Regional in Henderson. Southeastern will play in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series at Ocala, Fla., Aug. 15-22.

In the finals, Southeastern held off an Owensboro squad that scored 33 runs in its previous three tournament games. The Lexington team beat Terre Haute, Ind., 6-0 in the semifinals.

Southeastern Lexington's 10-year-old team claimed their Ohio Valley Regional title Sunday at Newburgh, Ind., defeating Mattoon, Ill., 3-0 in the title game. Earlier Sunday, Southeastern routed Crown Point, Ind., 16-7 in the semifinals. The 10-year-old Cal Ripken World Series is scheduled for Aug. 9-16 in Winchester, Va.

South Lexington will also be sending a squad to Florida. That club's all-stars are headed for the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series for 12-year-olds to be held Aug. 6-12 in Alachua, Fla. South Lexington captured the Ohio Valley Regional trophy at Crown Point, Ind. on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Bay Port (Wis.). South Lexington knocked out Southeastern Lexington 3-2 in a semifinal thriller earlier in the day.

Southeastern Lexington's 11-year-olds in the Major/70 division won't be headed to a World Series — but only because there is not one in their age group. Southeastern defeated Crown Point 9-2 Sunday to win the Ohio Valley Regional at Elizabethtown. Southeastern's 11s finished pool play 3-0 in dominating fashion, with victories of 23-1, 27-0 and 15-2 before holding off Elizabethtown 5-3 in a taut semifinal victory.

South Lexington's 11-year-old Major/60 all-stars will host the Ohio Valley Regional in their division beginning Thursday.

Lexington's Eastern Little League also produced a state champion this summer. Its 10-11-year-old squad beat Owensboro Southern 3-0 on July 23 in Bowling Green. There are no regional or World Series tournaments in their age group of Little League Baseball.