State Farm and Shipper’s Collision will meet tonight for the Lebanon Little League championship at Baird Park.
State Farm shut out Lebanon Monument 8-0 Monday while Shipper’s advanced with a 4-1 win over Savik.
Ian Walsh got State Farm off to a strong start with a two-run triple in the first inning. Connor Gannon went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Bryce Kelley struck out eight in a complete-game outing.
McKane Everett tripled home a first-inning run for Shipper’s and struck out 12 in pitching a complete game. Jake Jewell took the loss despite nine strikeouts.
On the other field, Wilson County Motors and First Freedom will play for the Lebanon Dixie Youth title.
Both championship games will be played at 6 p.m., followed by closing ceremonies at 8 at Veterans Field.
Rigsby is Lebanon Youth Baseball K king
Hayden Rigsby won’t be part of tonight’s championship games, though he’s certain to be announced as an all-star.
Lebanon Monument’s right-handed pitcher ended the season with a Lebanon Youth Baseball-record 142 strikeouts in the 9-10-year-old [minor league, Little League] division.
He obliterated the 9-10 record of 82 punchouts set by Mason Everett last year. Rigsby also blasted the overall LYB record of 97 Ks set by Josh Folkerts in the 11-12 [major league, Dixie Youth] in 2013.
His father, David Rigsby, said Hayden has taken pitching lessons from former Friendship Christian and Cumberland World Series hero Josh Underhill and Mt. Juliet’s Taylor Hill, now playing Triple-A ball for the Washington Nationals’ affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., where he leads the International League with a 1.92 earned-run average and shares the lead in wins with eight.