COLUMBIA Boyd County’s 8-10-year old Little League All-Stars coupled a no-hitter from Taylor Blevins with 13 base knocks of their own en route to a 17-1 thrashing of Nelson County to open state tournament play on Saturday at Joe Johnson Little League Park.

Blevins allowed no hits and no earned runs and struck out 11 hitters in a mercy-rule-abbreviated four-inning outing.

“Honestly, the no-hitter isn’t surprising at all. I’ve seen Taylor throw several of them,” Boyd County manager Matt Crowe said. “It was super hot on the field, and Taylor was throwing some of her own heat.”

Savanna Henderson was 3 for 3 and scored four runs, and Blevins was 2 for 3 and scored twice. Jadyn Goad, Elyn Simpkins and Lauren Craft drove in two runs apiece, and Gracie Crowe, Ally Adkins, Goad and Bonnie Smith each tallied two runs.

“Our bats were hot today,” Matt Crowe said. “Everybody was putting the bat on the ball. We ran the bases aggressively today, and it paid off.”

Boyd County meets Russell County today at 1 p.m. Central time as the double-elimination tournament continues. Russell County topped Letcher County 13-4 on Saturday.

BOYD CO.    651    5    —    17    13    0

NELSON CO.    010    0    —    1    1    1

10-12s

Marion Co. 9, Boyd Co. 6

COLUMBIA Boyd County dropped its state tournament opener in 10-12-year-old play on Saturday. It returns to action tonight at 7 Central time in an elimination game against North Oldham.